Jessie Fisher to Go from Standby to Leading Lady of Once

first_img Fisher makes her Broadway debut with Once. She has previously worked in Chicago with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company. She is half of the folk duo Erik and Jessie. Once Based on the award-winning 2006 indie film, Once tells the story of a whirlwind romance between an Irish street musician (known as “Guy”) and a Czech immigrant (known as “Girl”). Directed by John Tiffany and featuring music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova with a book by Enda Walsh, Once is the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Commentscenter_img Jessie Fisher will raise her hopeful voice on June 17 when she assumes the role of Girl in the Broadway production of Once. Fisher currently serves as the stand-by for the role, which she will assume full-time after Joanna Christie plays her final performance on June 15. Paul Alexander Nolan will continue to star as Guy. Related Shows In addition to Nolan and Christie, the current cast features Adam Wesley Brown, Laurel Griggs, David Patrick Kelly, Katrina Lenk, Brandon McGibbon, Anne L. Nathan, Madeleine Pace, Andy Taylor, Ryan Vona, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty and J. Michael Zygo.last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers prove their mettle with Game 7 win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error From the depths of an unfathomable controversy that emerged out of thin air, injuries, a willing opponent and even their own self-inflicted wounds.Knocked down like never before emotionally and physically and facing a double-digit deficit, they ignored fatigue and mental strain to somehow navigate their way to a 126-121 win over the Golden State Warriors in an epic Game 7 that sends them into the second round against the Oklahoma City Thunder.“This team needed this win,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought that our guys fought the adversity and found a way to win.”And in the process, exhaled a bit.“Just smile,” Rivers said. “Just enjoy it.” Nothing like a win-or-go-home Game 7 to get a handle on what someone is really all about.Or opening a window from which we can peek into someone’s basketball soul.We learned something about the Clippers on Saturday night, something deep and profound and poignant.A basketball team sidetracked by the dark side of life in the middle if a challenging series against a bitter foe had the wherewithal the find their way back.center_img They earned it.What they still have left in the tank for the Thunder is anyone’s guess, but after being pushed to the limit by off-court drama and a worthy on-court adversary only to find enough energy to prevail, the Clippers seem poised to keep this going a little while longer. And Chris Paul vowed the Clippers will find enough energy.“We have the best training staff in the league,” Paul said. “I truly believe that. We’ll be ready to play.”It took a gut-check performance to keep their season going, the Clippers overcoming more than any team in recent memory to move on to the next round.“We kept pushing and kept fighting,” Blake Griffin said.On and off the court after enduring a week from hell after owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape making racist comments.“It’s been emotional,” Paul admitted.Said Griffin: “It just grew and grew each day, each hour.”But they couldn’t spare even a second to dwell on it Saturday, not with the Warriors planted firmly in front of them.“Moreso than getting through (the past week) it was just about getting through tonight,” Paul said.If was everything you would expect from a Game 7.And it answered a lot of questions.If Paul is the best point guard in the league, as many suggest, then surely he’d embrace the stage of a series deciding seventh game.A bum hamstring that’s been barking all series denied us Paul at his very best. He looked more like a decoy than a go-to star while struggling in the first half.Until he dug deep within and found enough push to navigate the Clippers through uncertainty, hesitancy and the hot-shooting Warriors to overcome a a double-digit deficit and put the Clippers in front in the third quarter.Then helped carry the Clippers over a dramatic fourth quarter to finally put the Warriors away – his two silly fouls to put Golden State’s Stephen Curry to the line notwithstanding – while scoring 22 points and dishing out 14 assists.If Blake Griffin is the emerging MVP candidate that his remarkable regular season suggested, he’d rise to the moment by hoisting the Clippers onto his shoulders and carrying them past the Warriors and into the second round.Griffin hoisted the Clippers up alright, and in the process blew the roof off Staples Center with a thunderous alley-oop dunk and by sinking a twisting, turning layup in traffic in which he did a back-flip off the ground as the ball fell through the hoop.Both plays came late in the fourth quarter as the Clippers clung to a slight lead, sending a sold-out crowd into a frenzy and keeping the Warriors at arm’s length.That’s what leaders do. That’s what All-Stars do.Griffin has emerged as both this year.If DeAndre Jordan is the best defending, rebounding center in the NBA, as his supporters claim, he would dominate the paint against undermanned Golden State and leave no doubt he is a growing force in the NBA.Jordan patrolled the paint and protected the basket while scoring 15 points, grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking three shots.His electrifying dunk off a lob from Griffin with 22 seconds remaining helped keep the Warriors at bay.But there were other heroes.J.J. Redick, his back so out of whack there was concern late in the regular season he’d have to shut himself down, came up with 20 points and three 3-pointers, each one of them coming at a crucial moment.Jamal Crawford had 22 points off the bench while hitting 7 of 12 shots and Matt Barnes added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.The Clippers don’t advance without the contribution of either.The last thing they wanted was to go to a seventh game against the Warriors.But a seventh game is exactly what they got.That they responded by digging as deep as they ever have to pull out an emotional, gutty win revealed something important about Clippers, whose challenge now is to keep it going.In the process, they learned something about themselves, too.And it left them beaming.“I’m just very proud right now,” Griffin said.He deserves to be.They all do.last_img read more