Scarlett Strallen in ‘She Loves Me'(Photo: Alastair Muir) No sooner had the gossamer-voiced Scarlett Strallen got herself a base in New York before the English star of such shows as Mary Poppins, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and the West End’s most recent A Chorus Line found herself back in her home country, this time to play the lovelorn Amalia in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s enchanting revival of She Loves Me. Co-starring Mark Umbers and Katherine Kingsley, the production bears no relation to the much-lauded take on the same honey of a show that was seen on Broadway last season—as the ever-winning performer made clear in a wide-ranging interview one recent afternoon.Welcome home but hadn’t you thought you were settled for the moment in New York? I was but I’m also a gypsy traveler: I go where I need to be, which I guess makes me very lucky. When the offer came to do [Amalia] at the Chocolate Factory, I knew it probably wouldn’t come around again, and it’s a part that I totally feel is in my range and allows me really to dive into the comedy, which I love to do. I knew it wouldn’t be the beautiful, sparkly, magical Roundabout production in terms of its grandeur at Studio 54, and the costumes, but that’s also what I love about the Chocolate Factory. You actually feel like you’re in that shop and can buy those bottles of perfume.Had the part of Amalia been on your “must-do” list? I think it was my very first singing teacher at college who gave me “Dear Friend” and “Will He Like Me?” These are such beautiful, lyrical legato songs—and then you’ve got “Ice Cream”! So, I was sitting there watching the recent Broadway production thinking, “God, that’s a part I would love to have had a crack at, but it’s probably now going to happen, so I’ll just focus on getting my flat in New York”—and then this came up!Are you surprised to be performing the piece in English, not American, accents?I just assumed we would do [the show] American because that’s the way I had always heard it and sung it. I had sung “Ice Cream” before at various events, and it was so ingrained in me in an American accent. But Matthew [White, the director] being very clever pointed out that the show is set in Hungary and we’re still in Europe, at least for the time being, so there was absolutely no reason why we should be using American accents when actually it gives us even more of a sense of the class definition between all the characters to do it English, which I think works brilliantly. But, honestly, it was a bit of a shock to all of us. Speaking of Amalia’s defining number “Ice Cream,” how do you prepare each performance to ascend the scales as required by that song?What’s so amazing, and it’s the same with “Glitter and Be Gay” [from Candide, in which Strallen also appeared at the Menier], is that the drama is so strong and the writing so brilliant that if you’ve done the preparation, you can just let it happen. The beauty of it, too, is that it’s proper singing. It’s not a sort of screamy thing, so you have a chance to think about how you are singing, and I made the choice—as I’m sure Laura Benanti did in New Yor—to really honor this score and sing it properly, like Barbara Cook used to do, and to celebrate that vocally.Have you ever met Barbara Cook?I met her briefly at various celebrations—there was one here at the Coliseum and another in New York during Mary Poppins, so probably around 2008 or so, when Kelli O’Hara and Rebecca Luker and I all sang for her and it was a great, great honor. There was the possibility on this at one point that she might have been around to coach me on a couple of numbers though that, sadly, didn’t happen. Did it make a difference on this that you had worked with Matt [the director] before, on Candide?Yes, for sure. Matt is so brilliant at knowing exactly what this space requires and helping us to be brave in terms of not needing to force anything. The [Menier] is so small that it is like being in someone’s living room, almost, and that takes courage as an artist to not push anything and just to let it happen. What has it been like working alongside a real-life couple, Katherine Kingsley and Dominic Tighe, as Ilona and Kodaly?And their doggie, who’s been with them as well [laughs]! Seriously, they are such an amazing item! All sorts of challenges can come up when you are with another actor or another artist having to do with competition, but they manage that all so brilliantly and are so supportive of one another. I remember at one point watching Dom watching Katherine doing her [show-stopping number] “A Trip to the Library,” and his face was so beaming. It’s incredibly moving when you see a couple functioning in that way for one another. Was it a challenge on opening night to find the show’s 92-year-old lyricist, Sheldon Harnick, right there on the aisle in the second row? I make a point never ever to look out at the audience, but I did see [Harnick] and he was wiping away tears, which was incredibly moving. He just loved it and was so kind.Did he say anything specific to you afterward?He said what he had said on stage [during the curtain call] which is that it was the best production he had seen. That’s all you ever want to hear from the writer—that you have made their work make sense.On the non-musical front, were you surprised to find yourself playing Lady Macduff in the Kenneth Branagh Macbeth that came to the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan in 2014? That came from a wonderful casting director, Anne McNulty, whom I knew at the Donmar from when I did Passion there and we had gone for tea to talk about other things and she remembered that conversation seven or eight years later and brought me in [for Macbeth]. What was great about it was that feeling I do think you get in America of being unlimited in what you can do as an artist, in that you do what is required and what’s necessary in order to grow. That’s partly why I’ve been spending so much time in America because people think in terms of career crossovers quite a lot. And are you disappointed that this production can’t transfer to New York, since She Loves Me has just been seen there?I think we sort of knew that going in. But I’m actually going straight back to New York after this anyway to do a Cole Porter musical at Encores! called The New Yorkers [March 22-26], directed by John Rando, who directed me last summer in The Pirates of Penzance [at Barrington Stage Company], and I had the best time working with him. I’m very excited! View Comments
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Black Stars coach Avram Grant says he is working hard to put together a formidable side for the 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers which begins later this year.Ghana is yet to win a game after the Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea as they lost 2-1 to Senegal and drew with Mali in a Fifa international friendly.Many have expressed concern about the shape of the team now but coach Avram Grant has assured his the team will be ready for the 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers.“Our target is to go a step further because we don’t want to go back,” said Grant“My target is to improve the team and that could be done in three ways; the quality of trainings, the things around the team and put good structures in place.“Some of the key players will come back and make the team stronger but the competition will make the team much stronger because when they come they will face players that played in their absence and did well.” Recently Grant was in Senegal to watch the African Youth Championships where the Black Satellites came third.–
The Lakers and Clippers on Tuesday announced the first three games of their NBA Summer League schedules in Las Vegas. The Lakers open with a game July 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Clippers begin play one night earlier, facing the Golden State Warriors.Here is the schedule for the defending summer league champion Lakers: July 7 vs. 76ers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2); July 8 vs. Chicago Bulls, 8:30 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet); July 10 vs. New York Knicks, 5:30 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet).Here is the Clippers’ schedule: July 6 vs. Warriors, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN); July 8 vs. Sacramento Kings, 8 p.m. (NBA TV); July 9 vs. Houston Rockets, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV). The Clippers’ first game will be part of ESPN’s opening-night tripleheader.Each of the NBA’s 30 teams will be represented in Las Vegas for the first time and each will play a minimum of five games. After playing three preliminary games, the teams will be seeded into a tournament format, with the championship game set for July 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Video highlights, social media reaction after Blazers shock Lakers, 100-93 Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever How social media reacted after Lakers rout Blazers on Kobe night, 135-115 Ball averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 52 games in 2017-18.PRE-DRAFT JOURNEYMarcus Lee turned down a chance to play volleyball at Stanford to play basketball at Kentucky, where he ran into future Lakers forward Julius Randle on the practice court. They played together for one season before Randle went to the NBA; Lee eventually transferred to Cal.Related Articles “You’re either going to get a busted lip and keep losing or fight back, and Kentucky teaches you to fight back and take what’s yours,” Lee said of battling with Randle in college. “That’s what’s great about it. … I absolutely loved my journey. I wouldn’t change it for the world.“Julius doesn’t know how big he actually is. He goes at you like a guard. You’ll get a shoulder in your mouth and you’ll walk out of practice and, go, ‘How did I get a busted lip? Oh, that’s how that happened.’ That’s what’s great about him. That’s just how he plays.”Lee was joined at Tuesday’s pre-draft workout in El Segundo by Abdul-Malik Abu of North Carolina State, Kameron Chatman of the University of Detroit, Manu Lecomte of Baylor, Trevon Bluiett of Xavier and Matt Mobley of St. Bonaventure. The Lakers won last year’s title, led by summer league MVP Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.Rosters will be announced at a later date.For tickets, visit NBATickets.com.BALL UPDATEBall returned to the practice court last week after a month-long layoff following a platelet-rich plasma treatment in his left knee. He sat out the final eight games of his rookie season because of a left knee contusion. ESPN.com first reported the story.“I just got back (on the court),” Ball told ESPN. “But I have been lifting weights. Nothing stopped me from doing that. I just got back on the court, though, but everything is feeling good. Just basically took time off (to let the left knee heal).” VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it On Mamba’s day, councilmen aim to create Kobe Bryant Boulevard Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Chris sent us this picture on February 2 this year of winter sunshine over Lough Swilly, looking out from BuncranaDONEGAL Daily would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Christine ‘Chris’ Plummer who died in a drowning accident in Inishowen on Monday evening.Chris was a regular contributor to Donegal Daily.Her stunning pictures of Buncrana, an adopted home she came to love and adore, were loved by Donegal Daily readers. Today as a tribute we publish two of them here.May she Rest In Peace.Searing sunset over Buncrana. Taken on April 5 this yearDROWNING VICTIM HAD TAKEN STUNNING PICTURES FOR DONEGAL DAILY was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christine PlummerDonegal Dailydrowning victim