So Long, Sibella! Gentleman’s Guide’s Lisa O’Hare Looks Back Her Run

first_img Related Shows How did you feel when you first got this job? I was absolutely over the moon when [casting director] Jay Binder told me I had booked GGLAM! I knew from the moment I read the script that I wanted to be involved. Interestingly, I wasn’t sure Sibella was in my wheelhouse but Jay was convinced I was right for the role. At that point we had no idea what the future of the show would be, but I had a good feeling. Why are you leaving? I am leaving for a few reasons. First, I have always listened to my heart when it comes to work and I feel that it is time for a new challenge. Secondly, I am in desperate need of family time. My family are all in England and I want to make that a priority in the coming months. Sometimes it is hard to find a balance in this industry, but when your family needs you, that has to come first! What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Above all, have fun! What was the easiest thing about the job? Wearing those exquisite gowns. Seriously, Linda Cho made me feel like a goddess on that stage, regardless of how I was feeling. The minute my dresser, Tree, would lace me in to those bodices, I couldn’t help but feel like a princess. What will you miss the most? There are so many things to miss! My family at the Kerr. I mean it when I say family! Each and every one of the cast and crew are incredible human beings. But I will miss ‘her’, Sibella, this crazy, narcissistic, yet lovable whirlwind of a girl. I’ve had the best time bringing her to life! I’ve lived and breathed her for a long time and to say I will miss her feels like the understatement of the year. I will be forever grateful for this remarkable show and all it has given me. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 What was the hardest thing? Finding a balance between what I wanted to do creatively with the character and what was sustainable eight times a week. It is hard as an artist to let go of choices and ideas that you feel serve the character. Ultimately though, I learned that the character was so ingrained in my bones, it didn’t matter if I gave her a raspy vocal quality or found another way to achieve the same idea. There are so many aspects of a performance that create a character and you just have to trust the material and trust yourself! View Commentscenter_img How do you think you’ve grown? Honestly, I think I’ve learned more from this experience that any other. Not only about who I want to be as an artist, but also as a human being. It has had its own set of challenges and I honestly would not change any of it. It is often when we are challenged that we grow the most. In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder star Lisa O’Hare will hang up her corset on February 8, when she plays her final performance as Sibella in the Tony-winning musical. As O’Hare says farewell to her Broadway family at the Walter Kerr Theatre, she looks back on her “creative, fulfilling and PINK” run in Gentleman’s Guide. What was the highlight of your time at this job? There have been so many! The first night I stepped out onto a Broadway stage to perform was definitely one of them. Performing on the Tonys and then winning Best Musical was pretty spectacular too! What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? I think the ability to get 100% behind this complex character’s very questionable but necessary choices. She’s not perfect, but I think in order to do her justice, you have to be completely on her side. You need to be able to play your weaknesses as your strengths. Also, one needs the ability to be absolutely in your body. She is always aware of what she is doing. Rarely do we see her surrender. How do you feel now that you’re leaving? I feel a huge sense of pride in what we have accomplished, all the way from the workshop in Hartford. I have never originated a role before this one, so to look back at the long journey we’ve had makes me feel like I honestly won the lottery! It is very bittersweet walking away from it all, but being an artist is about taking risks and listening to your gut. I hope to one day be back in my pinks, but for now I think it’s time for a break. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Creative, fulfilling, PINK!last_img read more

Rojo plays down dislocated shoulder

first_img It was something of a surprise, therefore, to see the 24-year-old play down the injury on Twitter the day after the derby. “Gracias a todos por los mensajes. Gracias a dios fue solo un mal momento/ thank you all for your messages. thank god it was nothing,” Rojo wrote. United believe Rojo, who speaks only limited English as he has only been in the country for just over two months, made something of a mistake in his translation of the Spanish part of his tweet. “Solo un mal momento” translates as “only a bad moment”, rather than “nothing”, and the club believe the defender’s injury is serious. Rojo was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening and the club confirmed that the defender had suffered a dislocation. Medical estimates of a recovery time from such an injury range from six weeks to three months. In 2011 United defender Rafael was out for three-and-a-half months with a dislocated shoulder. Although Rojo is yet to convince many he is the answer to United’s defensive problems, his absence is a blow to Louis van Gaal. Manchester United expect to be without Marcos Rojo for some time despite the defender’s claim his shoulder injury is not serious. The Argentinian was carried off on a stretcher in the second half of United’s 1-0 derby defeat to City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday after he mis-judged a sliding tackle and dislocated his left shoulder. The versatile defender seemed to be in some pain when he was carried off after receiving around two minutes’ worth of treatment. The United manager is set to be without Phil Jones for some time as the England centre-back is suffering from shin splints – his second injury of the season. Jonny Evans has not played for over six weeks because of an ankle injury while Chris Smalling will serve a one-match ban for his careless dismissal against City. That means Van Gaal is likely to field Michael Carrick as a makeshift centre-half alongside either Tyler Blackett or Paddy McNair for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game against Crystal Palace. One thing in Van Gaal’s favour is that behind his makeshift back four he will be able to field arguably the most in-form goalkeeper in the top flight. David de Gea pulled off some stunning saves to deny Everton last month and he once again proved his worth against City, who could have scored many more had it not been for the Spanish stopper. De Gea has been very pleased with his recent performances, but he would prefer it if United were winning as well. “My form is very good. I am playing the best football of my career and I want it to continue, but the most important thing is that we all play well as a team,” De Gea told Press Association Sport after the derby defeat. “The next match is at home and we will train hard all this week to make sure we get all three points.” Van Gaal will not have enjoyed looking at the Premier League table on Sunday night, when United dropped to 10th. Despite a huge amount of enthusiasm and self-confidence, the fact remains that Van Gaal has endured a worse start to his reign than David Moyes, who was sacked after 10 months last season. But Wayne Rooney retains supreme faith in the man who appointed him United captain in the summer. Rooney told MUTV: “We’re working on different things, which a lot of us haven’t been used to. We’re certainly heading in the right direction. “We’re progressing each week and playing some nice football. We need to turn that into results and I’m sure we can do that if we keep working, keep learning and keep doing what the manager wants from us.” Rooney also said Smalling would bounce back from his two careless cautions, which effectively cost United the match. “Chris is disappointed,” the England skipper said. “It’s tough when you get sent off, especially in a derby and with such a long time to go in the game it made it difficult for the rest of us to hold on. “I’m sure Chris will learn from that.” Press Associationlast_img read more