Annaleigh Ashford Is Taking Dog Obedience Classes For Sylvia

first_imgTony nominee Annaleigh Ashford will be barking on Broadway this fall—yes, you heard us, barking—in the new revival of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia. But before she will sit, fetch and shake paws as the title pup, she’s taking her canine commitment very seriously. “I have a mini Australian Shepherd named Gracie, and she’s going to be a great inspiration,” she told exclusively. “This summer we have some obedience classes planned, as well as speed and agility courses, and we’re going to be doing some dog training together.” Wow, this takes method acting to a whole new level!While this is Ashford’s first time playing a pup, the Broadway favorite does have prior experience working with dogs on the Great White Way. “I was the scene partner for Chico, who played Bruiser in Legally Blonde,” she explained. “So I spent a lot of time with [Broadway animal trainer] Bill Berloni learning about the psychology of dogs, and that was a great precursor for Sylvia.”Believe it or not, playing a pooch has always been a goal for the Masters of Sex star, who will appear alongside humans Julie White and Robert Sella in the first Broadway production of the 1995 comedy. “I’ve always loved playing creatures who are not human, so the opportunity to play a dog—and not just any dog, but a loving, dedicated, interesting, funny and independent dog—is a dream come true,” she said. Break a paw, Annaleigh! Related Shows Sylvia Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Ronaldo caught up in coronavirus lockdown

first_imgJuventus have cancelled all training sessions and put their entire Under-23 team in quarantine over coronavirus fears, according to reports. The Old Lady announced the decision after it was revealed the youth team played Serie C side Pianese, who had three players and the manager test positive for the virus. But the youth team will stay at home until at least March 8 with Forbes reporting that a training ban has been extended to Cristiano Ronaldo and team-mates. The ban will continue until further notice following the suspension of their Serie A clash with Inter Milan. The whole of the Pianese squad has been placed in isolation after the diagnosis and Juve’s medical team are keeping a close eye on Ronaldo and his team mates.Advertisement A source at the Turin club said: “The situation is being taken very seriously and the medical staff have told all the players to keep washing their hands and using hand gels. “No one has tested positive but bearing in mind the Inter game has been postponed because of health concerns nothing is being taken for granted. “Some of the players involved in the Under 23 match did train midweek with Ronaldo and the first team but that will now not happen again for a few weeks.” Matches at Udinese, AC Milan, Parma and Sassuolo have also fallen victim and have been rescheduled for May 13. Read Also:Ronaldo: No plans to leave Juve anytime Italy is the highest affected country in Europe with 1,128 confirmed cases and 29 deaths. Both figures are expected to rise rapidly. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Dallas Stars’ Jim Nill, Rick Bowness address head coach Jim Montgomery’s dismissal: ‘It’s a huge shock’

first_imgGetting it going for morning skate. ☕️#NJDvsDAL | #GoStars— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 10, 2019Bowness’ NHL coaching resume dates back to Winnipeg in 1984 where he served as an assistant coach for the Jets. His longest head coaching tenure came with the Ottawa Senators from 1992-96 with a 39-178-18 record. Five of his nine seasons as a head coach in the NHL were incomplete due to mid-season replacements making this season the sixth out of ten. While there probably won’t be any philosophical changes, Bowness did bring up that he’s been out of the head coaching game for a while.”Man, I haven’t run a bench in 16 years,” he told his players. “So let’s try to be a little patient out there today but we’ll figure it all out as we go along.” The Stars face the New Jersey Devils (9-15-5) and their interim head coach Alain Nasreddine at 8:30 p.m. ET in Dallas on Tuesday. You can watch the full press conference by clicking here. Following the rather surprising dismissal of head coach Jim Montgomery Tuesday morning, Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill held a press conference to offer some insight on the announcement.”I was made aware of a situation over the weekend involving an employee of the Dallas Stars organization,” Nill began. “Once I received all the information, we sat down, we had to digest everything and as I mentioned, we talked to general counsel and everything else and we made our decision.”Nill did divulge that he caught wind of the undisclosed incident this weekend via phone call and that the incident itself took place “a few days before that” with an investigation beginning on Sunday. He insisted that no players or staff — past or present — were involved in the incident.MORE: Gary Bettman outlines new policies following recent abuse allegationsReiterating the reports from TSN’s Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger that Montgomery’s firing was not related to abuse allegations or anything else covered under the NHL’s umbrella of new policies, Nill offered the team’s full support of the new initiative. The initial press release was clear in that the “decision was made due to unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League.”The GM took on the onus of initially hiring Montgomery but shared that the proper steps needed to be taken and that doing the right thing was more important for the organization than his saving face. Nill and Montgomery did meet Tuesday but could not divulge what they discussed aside from saying that both sides were disappointed.Departed coaches: Mike Babcock | Bill Peters | John HynesAfter starting the season 1-7-1, the Stars went on a dominant 14-1-1 stretch and currently sit fourth place in the Central Division (17-11-3). Nill was asked about the team’s reaction to the news and how their performance might change in the coming games.”I spoke to the team today and they are very surprised but we are very fortunate. We have a good team . . . we have great leadership and they’re going to get over this. . . . It’s a bump in the road and they’re going to digest this and we’ll move forward and go from there,” adding that “this was a total surprise,” for himself.”It’s a huge shock,” said long-time NHL coach Rick Bowness, who was elevated to interim head coach with the news. “Usually when a coach takes over a team, they’re struggling or they’re in the process of selling everybody for next year or they finish in the bottom of the league — which I have been a part of too many times. But I’m in a fortunate position that Monty, who was an excellent coach, has got this team playing very, very well. “The shock, yeah we have to deal with it, and that shock will not wear over just because there’s a game. That’s going to stay with us for a while because we are all very close to Monty and we all work very close to Monty and he’s very close to the players.”last_img read more