West End Star Hugh Maynard on His Powerful Connection to Miss Saigon

first_img Why not? I had turned my back on the industry and moved to Australia with my then-fiancée. I was also carrying on my world tour with the band Tenors of Rock and just didn’t expect this to happen. And if it weren’t for a cheeky email I sent to Cameron [Mackintosh, the show’s producer], it probably wouldn’t have done. But if you’d done the tour, didn’t Cameron know you could play the role? Yes, but the email led to me flying back to London and meeting the current creative team. It was more about the handshake and touching base—and about Cameron seeing me physically—than about them hearing me sing. It sounds as if you’re in a good place at the moment! I feel very lucky that the West End has embraced me and taken me back. I truly feel as if this is my time to shine. You’ve got your first album, Hugh Maynard: Something Inside So Strong, coming out next year. Tell us about that! Exciting, huh? And there are four tracks that fans can listen to already in the run-up to Christmas. So many people have been asking me for years, “When is your album coming out?” I decided, “OK, maybe it’s time to do it,” though it did take me a while to be convinced that people would want to listen to me singing 12 songs [laughs]. You’ve got quite a history with Miss Saigon, don’t you? Oh yes! I’ve done two UK tours and I don’t know how your life is, but there may be a job you’ve done or an experience you’ve had where you think, “Wouldn’t it be great to go back?” That’s how I feel about this show. There hasn’t been anything else I’ve done that has stuck in my heart and mind quite like this has. The part of John isn’t huge, but it can pack a wallop in performance. How do you psych yourself up for it? It’s funny you ask because I said to Jon Jon [Briones, the Saigon revival’s leading man], “How do you do this every day? I sing one song and I’m beat and you’re singing throughout the show.” He put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Hugh, I don’t have to sing pretty,” and that sentence said it all. I have to be at a first-class level every night or the story doesn’t come across. There are few supporting roles in musicals as fiery as that of John, the marine-turned-aid worker in Miss Saigon who gets the second act of the musical off to a powerful start with the anthemic song “Bui Doi”—an emotive reminder of the orphans left behind in times of war. The role has led to acclaim for Hugh Maynard, whose rendition stops the show nightly in the West End revival of the Boublil and Schonberg musical at the Prince Edward Theatre. Maynard chatted with Broadway.com about the deep connection he feels to both the show and the song and to talk up his debut album, which comes out in the new year. How did the conversation between the two of you go? The first thing I said was, “Peter, I’m sorry for ruining your song,” and he said, “Get up, Hugh, I love what you’re doing!” He was so, so giving. Your return to the West End in this production has been meaningful to you, I gather. Very much so. I had done Sister Act and was so wrung out by it that I actually thought that was going to be my last show. If it wasn’t for Miss Saigon I don’t think I would have come back to the West End. What happened then? I got a call from my birth mother shouting down the phone saying that I was trying to steal her daughter away from her. I had no idea what was being said, but when I went to call back some months later, all the numbers I had been given were no longer in use. Believe me, my foster family is as bemused by all this as anyone.center_img How did you decide on a songlist? I put it out to my fans. When I was on tour with the band [Tenors of Rock], I would ask people what they wanted to hear me sing and why and so we came up with a mixture of rock and pop and show tunes—everything from Radiohead to “I (Who Have Nothing)” from Smokey Joe’s Café and “Bring Him Home.” Have you felt the weight of tradition with this song in terms of the performers who came before you? Well, Peter Polycarpou [who originated the role in London in 1989] is the standard, and when he came to see the show about four months ago without my knowledge, I was on my knees. It was like bowing to a demigod. I felt like a schoolboy meeting a policeman [laughs]. Do you connect deeply with this song? Absolutely. I’ve never been ousted from anywhere because of my race or my color but I did spend the first eight years of my life in a children’s home, which isn’t something I have spoken about until quite recently. I didn’t receive my birth certificate until I was 16. View Comments Is “Bring Him Home” your hint to Cameron Mackintosh that you might like to play Jean Valjean? [Laughs.] Maybe I’m planting the seed! But that song is a favorite of so many people and has been sung by so many Caucasian artists that people were saying, “Hugh, we’d love to hear you put your soul into this track.” Though I have to say that for me, it’s about trying not to impersonate Alfie Boe. “Bui Doi” is such an extraordinarily emotive song. And from my point of view as a performer it’s about giving, giving, giving. Seeing the conditions of the children we are singing about, you can’t help but feel as if they are refugees in a world where to my knowledge there hasn’t been a day without love or without war and that right there is enough to set me off and get me singing from my heart and soul. Did you try to contact your birth family? I did contact my birth mother on three separate occasions. The last time was at a family wedding in Birmingham which went disastrously wrong as far as I was concerned so I just walked out thinking, “This is not my family; it’s all too weird.”last_img read more

11 things you need to know when filing your tax return

first_imgTax season is almost here, and with it comes all the usual issues of paperwork and confusion. But this year might be especially difficult as there are several new developments on the tax front.With that said, here are 11 things you need to know when filing your tax return this year.1. Tax Accountants Get Swamped Closer to Tax SeasonThe earlier you start collecting documents and figuring out how you are going to file your taxes, the better. Many accountants might find themselves too busy to help procrastinators who wait until April to start the process.“There are literally hundreds of changes, extensions and deletions that we will consider this year when preparing returns for our clients,” said accountant William Rivero of accounting firm Correia, Rivero & LeFebvre. “Because of these changes, we are requesting our clients try to have their information to us no later than March 21, 2016.” continue reading » 70SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Several CUNA changes in OT rule, credit union concerns remain

first_imgFurther CUNA analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule found minor relief, but CUNA remains concerned about the increased burden on credit unions. Several CUNA-suggested changes were included, but CUNA believes credit unions, especially smaller credit unions and thosein rural and underserved areas will still face regulatory burdens as a result of the rule.Compliance with the rule is required by Dec. 1.CUNA’s advocacy efforts on this rule includes writing to both the DOL and NCUA to seek relief for credit unions who we believe are disproportionately impacted by this rule. CUNA also shared concerns with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, and supported legislation and sent letters to Congress seeking reforms to this rule.CUNA suggested changes to the rule include: continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Rodgers tasks Leicester board on new signings

first_imgLeicester are scouring the market in search of possible replacements. The Foxes are looking for a very specific type of player.‘Leicester Mercury’ says that Brendan Rodgers wants to freshen up the squad at all costs. So the plan is for young talents to join Leicester. Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks Now9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Gorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Read Also: Osimhen dreams Premier League move, consults IghaloRodgers is planning for the 2020-21 season. He is happy with the footballers he has got, but hopes there is the odd signing.The board seem to have listened to the coach. Now it remains to be seen whether Rodgers will get his wish.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Brendan Rodgers has asked the Leicester board for signings. According to the ‘Leicester Mercury’, the Foxes boss wants to rejuventate the squad ahead of next season. Loading… last_img read more

African Union body lauds South Africa’s Sexual Offences Courts

first_img16 October 2014The African Union (AU) has lauded South Africa for establishing its Sexual Offences Courts, the first of its kind in Africa.“The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) – an expert committee of the AU has congratulated South Africa for leading in the establishment of Sexual Offences Courts .,’ said department of social development representative Lumka Oliphant.South Africa opened its first Sexual Offences Court in August 2013 with specially trained officials and equipment to reduce the chance of secondary trauma for victims. The idea was introduced in South Africa in 1993 to combat high rates of sexual violence against women and children. By the end of 2005, there were 74 sexual offences courts countrywide.The courts specifically identify cases that fall under sexual offences; offer a special room for victims to testify in; have a private waiting room for adult witnesses; and have a private waiting room for child witnesses and victim support services. The committee further applauded the country on its constitution and legislative provisions for children, which it said continue to provide guidance for the African continent.Last Thursday, 9 October, the South African government presented its periodic report to the ACERWC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The committee was conducting its periodic evaluation of the Country Reports on Rights and Welfare of the African Child in line with African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, to which South Africa is a signatory. Social development deputy minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu led the South African delegation and was supported by Nolufefe Dwabayo, South Africa’s deputy ambassador to Ethiopia, and other government officials from the departments of health, justice and constitutional development, basic education and the South African Police Services.Continuing with the theme of child participation in policy formulation, the delegation also included three children: Khumoetsile Songwane (15), Shandre Smith (16) and George Marco Kinnear (18), a disabled pupil. The children presented a video to the committee highlighting their experiences of South Africa and held further discussions with the committee.In her opening remarks, Bogopane-Zulu outlined progress made by the country since it ratified the African Charter in the year 2000. She also pointed out challenges that still remain in the implementing the Charter.The committee pointed out that South Africa still needs to further harmonise child marriages and culture as it relates to children’s rights in line with international and regional treaties.The committee also acknowledged the reduction of absolute poverty but expressed concerns regarding high-level violence against children and challenges related to crimes committed by children.In the concluding statement, the committee acknowledged South Africa’s progress, noted its challenges and encouraged the country to implement the good policies.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

CRPF jawan killed in encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

first_imgA Central Reserve Personnel Force jawan was killed in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh on Thursday, officials said here. The encounter took place in the Tonguda-Pamed area of Bijapur district at about 4 am, they said. The jawan belonged to the 151st battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force and this team along with the commando unit of the force, CoBRA, and the state police was out for an operation in the jungles, the officials said. Some Maoists are also suspected to have been killed in the exchange of fire and the security forces are combing the area, they said.last_img

Perkins, Cignal missing Jose but determined to end series early

first_imgTwo bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Jason Perkins. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJason Perkins admits that Cignal HD is missing the presence of one Raymar Jose.“That guy has the most beautiful face, you got to miss that pogi face,” he said jokingly of his teammate, who is currently with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The earliest Jose can return to the team is next Tuesday for Game 3, if the series goes the distance.As much as Perkins misses his frontcourt partner, it doesn’t mean that the Hawkeyes will wait for the bruising forward to come back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd he made sure that Cignal won’t feel much of Jose’s absence, anchoring its 78-56 Game 1 destruction of CEU to gain a 1-0 lead in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals on Tuesday.Finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Perkins orchestrated the Hawkeyes’ huge 24-6 opening blast to set the tone for the game as the Hawkeyes cruised to the 22-point rout, perfectly encapsulating how strong the team has been for the past nine games. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ “We just play off each other. Our team did a good job of moving the ball, especially Pamboy (Raymundo) because he’s just a good leader and he’s really smart. Even if he didn’t get the points, he just did a good job of moving the ball,” the forward out of La Salle said. “Everybody does not want to lose. We just make sure that always go for the win.”With one more win separating Cignal from completing back-to-back championship wins, Perkins made it clear that the team is going for the kill on Thursday, with or without Jose.“I will always wait for him. I love playing with him, but there’s no forever. We have to go out and play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Ex-cricketers, politicians slam BCCI’s decision to resume cricket ties with Pakistan

first_imgBuckling under the relentless pressure applied by Pakistan, India has finally decided to de-hyphenate cricket from terror and get on with the game. On Monday, the BCCI agreed to host three ODIs and two T20s between the two archrivals. The short bilateral series – the first in almost five years – will begin towards the end of December and be over in January 2013.But the decision, taken by the BCCI’s powerful working committee, has driven a deep wedge between the heavyweights associated with the gentleman’s game including ex-cricketers and politicians. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar for one did not mince his words.”Recently, we had an extradition from Saudi Arabia which has confirmed their (Pakistan’s) role in 26/ 11. Yet you want to play cricket with them,” he said acerbically. India had snapped cricketing links with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.”Being a Mumbaikar, I feel what is the urgency when there is no cooperation from the other side?” the original Little Master of the game remarked, though adding in the same breath: “I respect the BCCI’s decision, though I may not agree with it.”Former Team India member and MP Kirti Azad also slammed the move. “I’m opposed to the series. Mutual trust is lacking between the countries. They should not play even at neutral venues,” Azad pointed out.Mixed reactionsFor their part, political parties appeared to be caught on the back foot. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said: “We maintain that politics and cricket should not be mixed.” AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh was more unequivocal: “The match(es) should be held. Cricket match(es) will help improve Indo-Pak relations.”advertisementHowever, the party’s Maharashtra unit took a diametrically opposite stand. “The BCCI must consider the people’s sentiments,” state Congress president Manikrao Thakre said in Mumbai. The Samajwadi Party’s unit in the state concurred. The Shiv Sena, always vociferously opposed to Indo- Pak cricket matches, stuck to its guns.Back in Delhi, the BJP’s response was lukewarm. Party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said: “The Pakistan cricket team had come to India earlier for the World Cup. The team of terrorists involved in the 26/ 11 attack should also be brought to India.”But Union minister and IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla justified the move, observing: “The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has been very persistent about resuming cricketing ties. We have played against Pakistan after the 1971 war. In fact, (even subsequent to) the Kargil war in 1999… we played a series in Pakistan.”Indeed there have been several attempts by the PCB in recent months to convince the BCCI because the contests featuring the two teams are a huge hit with fans and set the cash registers ringing. The question now is has the BCCI given in to the power of pelf, overwriting public sentiment?Furthermore, the board’s conciliatory approach appears to be in stark contrast to the aggressive tone in which Pakistan high commissioner Salman Bashir spoke on Sunday. He described as “incredible” and unbelievable” allegations that any Pakistani state agency was involved in the Mumbai attacks.Divulging more details, Shukla revealed that he had spoken to Union Home minister P. Chidambaram who said his ministry had no objection to the resumption of cricket. He further disclosed said that the ministry of external affairs, too, had given the green light.Too much cricket Unlike Gavaskar, another India ex-captain Bishan Singh Bedi welcomed the proposed series, saying: “It will generate a lot of interest and goodwill.”All the same, the spin legend expressed concern about the timing of the matches. Gavaskar, whose millions of fans included the late Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq, felt India were playing a lot of cricket in the upcoming season and a new series would only put more pressure on the players. England are scheduled to arrive in India for a Test and T20 series before going home for Christmas.They would be back to play five ODIs, scheduled to take place from January 11. The India-Pakistan series will be squeezed into the Christmas break.The BCCI thumbs up for the bilateral series was widely welcomed across the border. PCB chairman Muhammad Zaka Ashraf, who calls Indian board president N. Srinivasan his “bada bhai”, told the media in Lahore: “We are delighted with this invitation and see it as a big ice-breaker in revival of bilateral ties.”Pakistan ex-skipper Javed Miandad, too, struck an optimistic note: “I am really happy because the PCB chairman has been making hectic efforts. This will not only be great for India and Pakistan, but for world cricket as well.”advertisementFormer Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas was also upbeat: “This should have happened earlier because when these two teams play the world watches.”Aamir Sohail, who used to open the batting for Pakistan, said: “You have to move on. I’m a huge fan of Indian cricket.”The proposed five matches – three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals – are likely to be played in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi, though both the venues and dates have still not been finalised.last_img read more

Mets Women’s Open Champions

first_imgThe Sydney Mets are the Women’s Open’s Champions, after beating the South Queensland Sharks 5-4 in a tight match at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League.The Mets, with a raft of Australian representatives, had defeated the Barbarians in the semi-final, whilst the Sharks, who had Australian captain Sharyn Williams plus other Australian representatives in their ranks, beat the Rustlers in a tight encounter.The Sydney Mets had first touch of the ball, and scored straight away. Bojana Marli latched on to the end of a cut out pass to score. The Sharks then scored immediately after, through Roxy Winder, to level the scores after just a minute.The cut out pass was the play of the day early in the match, with two of the first three tries coming from them.The third touchdown, scored in the very next set, was the second from a cut out ball, and Maribel Ziade scored to give the Mets the break.It was not until the 17th minute that there was another score, this time The Sharks’ Emma Giarola scoring after some quick running from the half. The start of the second half mirrored the first, this time however the Sharks scored in the first set, through Kristy Brennan, who latched onto another cut out ball. Two minutes later, a good run from Nicky Albery gave Leah Opie a touchdown and brought the Mets back onto level pegging with the Sharks.Some quick hands by the Mets just a minute later put Marli over the line again, to get her double and give the Mets  the lead.Mets captain and Australian representative Louise Winchester was the next to score, after some great work from fellow Australian representative Seline Thornton, and gave the Mets some breathing space, taking them two points ahead.It was short-lived, however, after some great ducking and weaving and switching play from the Sharks to put Shae McLeaod through with a minute and a half left on the clock.Unfortunately, the Sharks could not score again, giving the Mets the title of Women’s Champions at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League.last_img read more

10 months agoDe Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibility

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say De Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibilityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted that he struggled to get the input of Maurizio Sarri on transfers.De Laurentiis has claimed that Sarri preferred to worry about coaching and improving his players.And it was tough for the owner to sit down with Sarri and figure out the ideal players to buy in transfer windows.”Sarri seemed timid and I discovered he was so dissatisfied with his past [working in finance],” he said during a panel run by Corriere di Mezzogiorno.”For a Communist to base his profession on the evils of money brought him to suffer from a syndrome of dissatisfaction. “I found Sarri to be very highly-strung. His wife couldn’t even come to the stadium. “I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it.” last_img read more