Rory O’Malley on Life After Mormon, Obsessing Over Honey Boo Boo & Starring in Nobody Loves You

first_img What is life after Mormon like? It was strange at first to get away from the eight-show week—I’d start to get anxious at half-hour call and not be sure why; you just have that internal clock. After being chained to Midtown for two years, I traveled for three months, and it was a great experience. I was also able to go to London and saw The Book of Mormon there with my friend Gavin Creel on opening night. Kate Winslet was sitting behind me. Five years ago, we were at the Vineyard Theatre reading through half a show and five songs! It was amazing to be in a different country, watching British actors take on these roles you had a part in. I’m so lucky to have been a part of something that will live on for such a long time. How did Nobody Loves You cross your radar? I’d known [composer] Gaby Alter because I did a demo for a show he wrote called Band Geek a couple of years ago. And Itamar [Moses], who wrote the book and lyrics, is an amazing playwright. When Nobody Loves You came up, I was really excited to get to be in a room these two up-and-coming, wonderful young writers. Do you have a lot of fans from The Book of Mormon coming to cheer you on at the stage door? Every single show, I see somebody with a Book of Mormon T-shirt or iPhone cover, or someone I recognize from the Book of Mormon stage door, and it’s so sweet. I’m blown away by it. It’s wonderful to be a part of something where people are following what you’re doing. It makes me feel like I’m still part of the Mormon family in a way that I didn’t know was going be possible, so it’s a wonderful thing. See Rory O’Malley in Nobody Loves You, opening July 18 at Second Stage Theatre. Rory O’Malley’s antics never fail to steal a show, whether he’s turning his sexuality off “like a light switch” in The Book of Mormon, spazzing out as Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee or obsessively tweeting about reality shows as superfan Evan, one of three hilarious characters he plays in the new musical Nobody Loves You. (Opening night is July 18 at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.) By day, O’Malley is the co-founder of Broadway Impact, an organization of theater artists uniting to fight for equal rights. O’Malley recently chatted with Broadway.com about his Les Miz fanboy past, DOMA’s demise and his undying love for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. How often do you watch reality TV? I watch it more than I’d like to admit—my favorite is definitely Honey Boo Boo. I absolutely love Alana, and I have a whole case for it being better than other reality TV shows. At least they’re a loving family and hang out with each other! In most other shows, the people are just fighting and screaming and tearing each other apart. This family, even if you don’t like them or approve of the way they live their lives, does love each other and it’s pretty clear. How much of a hand do you have in creating the three characters you play? They’ve been really good about giving [the cast] room to help create. They’ve given us all the lines and things we need, but there’s been a lot of discovering who these characters are together. It’s been a very quick process, but we made choices, saw what worked and what didn’t, and then made changes to lighten it up a little. So much of it has been working with the costume designer, Jessica Pabst, because she brought so much to the table initially that influenced us. For Evan, we had animal T-shirts and glasses, and for Chaz, who is kind of a stonery, middle-aged guy, she brought sandals, which really made him come to life for me. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 11, 2013 Related Shows Evan is the ultimate reality show fanboy. Have you ever been that obsessed with anything? Absolutely! I was definitely that obsessed with theater, and I was so happy when cassettes were replaced with CDs because my tapes were almost dead. I loved Les Miz and Into the Woods—I used to cast Into the Woods with my friends, even if they’d never stepped on stage before. “Clearly, he would be the best Wolf,” you know [laughs]. I was definitely Evan when it came to Broadway, so he’s very easy for me to identify with. Star Files As the co-founder of Broadway Impact, what was it like for you on the day that DOMA was overturned? It was amazing. What’s cool is that for many Supreme Court decisions, you don’t know when they’re going to happen, but for this one, we were able to plan. I think they did that on purpose, because they know the gays like to organize and have the party scheduled [laughs]. Jenny [Kanelos, co-founder of Broadway Impact] came over to my apartment and we watched together, and we Facetimed with Gavin [Creel] in London. It was beautiful, because it brought me back to when Prop. 8 passed and the three of us came together to say, “This is horrible. How can we respond to this?” Here we are, five short years later, and the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8 were overturned in one day. An amazing day I’ll never, never forget. His big number, The Twitter Song, is hilarious—do you think it’s the first musical theater song to include the word “hashtag”? I think it might be! When I leave the theater, the number one question I get, especially from people above 65, is “What is a hashtag?” But they still go with it! Everyone’s laughing at this word hashtag, and they just go with the flow, even if they don’t know what it means. View Comments Nobody Loves You On Twitter, you wrote that your mom is happy as an accountant and as a mother because she does your taxes. Is she hoping you’ll get married soon? When you work on a marriage equality organization, you invite that question about yourself! My mom is so thrilled—I want to have a family and have all the rights for my family, so definitely that’s going to happen—but it’s more about the high school kids who are back in Ohio right now. When I came out, I thought coming out meant giving up a marriage and a family. That was, to me, the most difficult part of the coming-out process. And that was probably the hardest part for my mother, who will be the most kick-ass, amazing, wonderful grandmother this earth has ever seen. I know now that this is not only going to happen, it’s going to happen for me, and for LGBT kids forever from now on. Their dreams about their future will include marriage and a family—or not, but it’s their option. Rory O’Malleylast_img read more

53 current and 26 former lawmakers endorse Minter for governor

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Calling it a testament to Sue Minter’s leadership and her ability to get things done, 79 past and present lawmakers including 14 committee chairs and 2 former Speakers of the House endorsed Sue Minter for governor. At the State House in Montpelier, several legislative leaders highlighted Minter’s commitment to renewable energy and cleaning up Vermont’s waterways, plan to provide two-years free tuition to Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont, commitment to creating jobs and economic vitality, and more in offering their strong endorsement.“I’ve served with Sue Minter in the Vermont Legislature, and worked closely with her as Secretary of the Agency of Transportation,” said Representative Tony Klein of East Montpelier, chair of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. “Some candidates are talking about rolling back some of our critical recent accomplishments on clean water and energy. What we need is a governor who will protect the progress we have made and fight to go even further, faster. I know Sue Minter is the right person for the job.”Klein adds. “Vermont is ready for its second woman governor. It’s time.”Senator Ginny Lyons of Chittenden County noted that Minter has put forward proposals to create livable wage jobs in Chittenden County and across the state. Industries like manufacturing, outdoor recreation and value-added agriculture will benefit. “From renewable energy businesses to our tourism industry and local agricultural producers, Sue’s plans will give Vermont entrepreneurs and businesses tools to continue to grow and innovate.” Lyons also notes that Vermont has only had one female governor in 225 years, “It’s time.””I’m looking for a leader with progressive values I can count on to make things happen. And that’s Sue Minter,” says Senator Anthony Pollina of Washington County. “Sue’s strong support for a state ethics commission, tuition free public education at Community College and Vermont Tech, divestment from coal and increasing local investment strategies are some examples of her commitment to progressive change. While other candidates talk about change, Sue has a plan and the vision to get things done for Vermont right now.”Senator Dick Sears of Bennington County, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he appreciates Minter’s plan to strengthen downtowns and communities, and was impressed by her ability to bring together federal, state, local and private groups to help rebuild Vermont – particularly hard-hit southern Vermont – after Tropical Storm Irene.“When Sue sees a problem, she shifts into action to get it solved,” Sears said. “She has my vote.”These legislators join former Governor Madeleine Kunin, former Governor Phil Hoff, former Lieutenant Governor Doug Racine as well as 40 leading Vermont Environmentalists, 14 Vermont authors and artists and EMILY’s List in endorsing Minter.Current Legislators:Sen. Claire Ayer, Chair of Senate Committee on Health and WelfareSen. Ann Cummings, Chair of Senate Committee on EducationSen. Jeanette White, Chair of Senate Committee on Government Operations, Co-Chair of Public Records Legislative Study CommitteeSen. Becca BalintSen. Ginny LyonsSen. Anthony PollinaRep. Janet Ancel, Chair of House Committee on Ways and Means, Co-Chair of Health Reform Oversight CommitteeRep. David Deen, Chair of House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water ResourcesRep. Patsy French, Chair of Legislative Committee on Administrative RulesRep. Maxine Grad, Chair of House Committee on JudiciaryRep. Helen Head, Chair of House Committee on General, Housing, and Military AffairsRep. Mitzi Johnson, Chair of House Committee on AppropriationsRep. Tony Klein, Chair of House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, Chair of Joint Energy CommitteeRep. Bill Lippert Jr., Chair of House Committee on Health CareRep. Anne O’Brien, Co-Chair of Government Accountability CommitteeRep. Ann Pugh, Chair of House Committee on Human Services, Chair of Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight CommitteeRep. David Sharpe, Chair of House Committee on EducationRep. Mollie BurkeRep. Sarah BuxtonRep. Joanna ColeRep. Timothy Corcoran IIRep. Leigh DakinRep. Maureen DakinRep. Sandy HaasRep. Mary HooperRep. Willem JewettRep. Kathleen KeenanRep. Warren KitzmillerRep. Robert KrebsRep. Martin LaLondeRep. Diane LanpherRep. Joan LenesRep. Linda MartinRep. James MaslandRep. Curt McCormackRep. James McCulloughRep. Kiah MorrisRep. Michael MrowickiRep. Betty NuovoRep. Jean O’SullivanRep. Paul PoirierRep. David PotterRep. Herbert “Herb” RussellRep. Marjorie RyersonRep. Amy SheldonRep. Valerie StuartRep. Mary SullivanRep. George TillRep. Kitty TollRep. Maida TownsendRep. Mark WoodwardRep. Michael YantachkaRep. Theresa WoodFormer Legislators:Fmr. Rep. Timothy “Tim” O’Connor, Jr., Speaker of the House, Chair of House Committee on JudiciaryFmr. Rep. Gaye Symington, Speaker of the HouseFmr. Rep. Martha Heath, Chair of House Committee on AppropriationsFmr. Rep. Mark Larson, Co-Chair of Health Care Reform CommissionFmr. Rep. Steven “Maier, Chair of House Committee on Health CareFmr. Rep. Val Vincent, Chair of House Committee on EducationFmr. Rep. Peg AndrewsFmr. Rep. Denise BarnardFmr. Rep. George CrossFmr. Rep. Sarah EdwardsFmr. Rep. Rachel EschenbacherFmr. Rep. Michael FisherFmr. Sen. Gerry GossensFmr. Rep. Paul HannanFmr. Rep. Carol HosfordFmr. Rep. Kathy HoytFmr. Rep. Michele KupersmithFmr. Rep. Jason LorberFmr. Rep. Cynthia MartinFmr. Rep. Kathy PellettFmr. Rep. Peter PeltzFmr. Sen. Stephen ReynesFmr. Rep. Judy RosenstreichFmr. Rep. Ernie Shand Jr.Fmr. Rep. Jeff WilsonFmr. Rep. Suzi WizowatySource: Minter Campaign 7.14.2016last_img read more

InnoTrans organiser reports ‘positive reactions’ to new date

first_imgINNOTRANS: The decision to move InnoTrans from September 2020 to April 27-30 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic has received widespread support, organiser Messe Berlin says.‘We are delighted that with this very complex and complicated measure we are able to offer an adequate alternative to the majority of exhibitors’, said Matthias Steckmann, Senior Vice-President at Messe Berlin.Dr Ben Möbius, General Manager of the German railway industry association VDB, said the decision to postpone InnoTrans had ‘hurt’, but the new date offered the industry a chance to restart business.InnoTrans director Kerstin Schulz said that while some companies would no longer be able to participate, ‘we are all the more delighted that current bookings have reached InnoTrans 2018 levels’, which ‘shows the industry is united and working at full speed’. The overall excess demand for space has reduced, however the event will still occupy the entire exhibition grounds.UNIFE President Phillipe Citroën said ‘it is unfortunate that InnoTrans 2020 was postponed but it was a public safety necessity as the Covid-19 crisis continues’, and the suppliers’ association now ’looks forward to reconvening with our talented colleagues from across the rail sector next April to discuss the EU Year of Rail, support the EU Green Deal and share the findings of the newest World Rail Market Study’.last_img read more

Boss Coleman insists Sunderland can stay up

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty Images Sunderland boss Chris Coleman insisted they can still avoid relegation following their 1-0 defeat against QPR.Black Cats goalkeeper Jason Steele was sent off five minutes into the second half at Loftus Road, where teenage forward Ebere Eze scored the winner just after the hour mark.It left Coleman’s side rooted to the bottom of the Championship, four points from safety.AdChoices广告But Coleman said: “We’ve got to keep going. The teams around us keep dangling carrots in front of us and as long as they’re not pulling away then we have to keep going.“If we can just get that win we can close the gap to a point. The players have got to show heart.”Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img Steele was red-carded after he dashed outside of his penalty area to meet Darnell Furlong’s punt forward, misjudged the bounce of the ball and then used his hand to direct it away from QPR forward Paul Smyth.Coleman said: “To have the keeper sent off five minutes into the second half, you can easily think: ‘Here we go again. It’s never going to change’.“We get a man sent off and then concede. But the boys didn’t buckle today in terms of their grit. We kept going until the end. It was always going to be hard for us after the sending-off.“We lost, but we showed a bit of personality. We didn’t whimper out of this one. We were in the game all through the game.“We are lacking confidence, but in terms of the performance and the mentality there was nothing wrong with that.”last_img read more