Knott Hall boasts tight-knit community, enduring traditions

first_imgKnown for their orange beanies and now the second-annual pep rally LimeBike brigade, Knott Hall sits on Mod Quad, between Siegfried Hall and Flaherty Hall.Named after Marion Burk Knott, Knott Hall was established as woman’s hall in 1988 and then transitioned to a men’s hall in 1997, Knott Hall rector Patrick Kincaid said. It was also the first residence hall to be named after a woman.Knott residents — called Juggerknotts — are famous for their food sales, which take place every day except Saturday.“We genuinely have the best food sales of any dorm on campus,” junior and Knott Hall president Zach LeMense said.Knott also offers a host of annual events and traditions. For example, in the spring, the hall hosts a cigar smoke in memory of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.“Every spring since Fr. Hesburgh passed away, we have a gathering where priests and people that knew Fr. Hesburgh will come to share stories about his legacy, how they knew him and things you wouldn’t necessarily read [about],” Kincaid said. “The guys really enjoy that. We usually have a really good turnout.”LeMense said the hall recently changed its fall signature event.“In the fall, we used to have a signature event that was a banana stand on a game day,” LeMense said, “We changed that this year. … [Feeley] and I started Knott Hall’s potato sack race across South Quad, and we had a really great showing.”Junior and vice president Michael Feeley added that they “hope it’ll be an annual event.”Feeley said many of Knott Hall’s most notable traditions take place during Welcome Weekend.“No one has anything to do but [Welcome Weekend events],” Feeley said. “It’s super fun to do with the new freshmen.”These traditions help welcome freshmen to the Knott community, LeMense said.“We do this thing called a campus ‘saunter’ where we walk around campus talking about specific landmarks and some history behind them to all the freshmen, and at the end of it, all members of the hall staff pass out the orange beanies in front of Touchdown Jesus [and the freshmen] shake our rector’s hand formally,” LeMense said.A relatively new event, the hall’s LimeBike ride to the first pep rally is in its second year.“We gather a ton of LimeBikes for the first pep rally, put them in our lobby and then we have all the freshmen ride over to the first pep rally on [them]. We have a cookout beforehand and it’s a ton of fun,” LeMense said.In addition to LimeBikes, Knott carries a replica of a portrait of Marion Burk Knott hanging in the Knott Lobby with them to the pep rally.“The legend goes that when the hall first became a men’s hall, they used to take the actual painting with them to places,” Kincaid said.The painting was then fastened securely to a wall in the first-floor lobby area.While some may find Knott modest, those who get to know the dorm will never forget it, Feeley said.“[Knott is the] most underrated dorm on campus,” he said. “People who know Knott guys love Knott.”Kincaid said he hopes others remember Knott for its community.“There is, I think, a lot of competition at Notre Dame and in the hall, and that’s really good in a lot of ways, but there’s over-archingly this great support the guys have for one another,” Kincaid said. “They really want to see one another thrive, succeed and do well.”Tags: dorm features, Knott Hall, Knott Juggerknotts, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

Grammy Nominee Josh Groban Could Be Broadway Bound in ‘Something Brand New’

first_imgJosh Groban may be a Broadway baby soon! The Grammy-nominated singer appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on January 5 and hinted that the Great White Way is in the future (the near future!). Asked when he will hit Broadway, Groban said, “Hopefully in the next year or two.”Is the “You Raise Me Up” singer eyeing anything specific? Groban revealed to Cohen, “Ideally I’d like to do something brand new. There’s a lot of shows that I grew up really loving, but I think it’s always fun to workshop something and work with people fresh and to kind of develop a character and a story. It’s always been a dream of mine and I got kind of sidetracked into this extraordinary, very lucky life that I’ve had. I’ve never left my passion for that so I would love to.” Cohen responded, “You could fill some seats, my brother. Let’s do it; let’s sell some tickets!”We couldn’t agree more! Groban is no stranger to theater—he attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp and was slated to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s drama program before being discovered by megaproducer David Foster. In 2008 he performed as the Russian in Chess in Concert at Royal Albert Hall in London alongside Rent alums Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal. Check out the videos below to get a sampling of Groban putting that voice to some good musical theater use! View Comments Star Filescenter_img Josh Grobanlast_img read more

(More) Hookers on Broadway?! Pretty Woman May Sing and Dance on Stage

first_img Remind yourself how much fun a hooker romantic comedy can be below. In the grand tradition of Broadway hooker musicals (The Life, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Irma La Douce and even—ahem—“dancer for hire” Sweet Charity), there may be a new entry. A musical adaptation of the hit 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman is aiming for the stage, according to The New York Post. The blockbuster movie, which memorably paired Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, told the story of a Hollywood streetwalker and the corporate tycoon who hires her—and then falls for her. Think Pygmalion and My Fair Lady but with big hair and sleazy attire. Movie director Garry Marshall, producer Paula Wagner and screenwriter J.F. Lawton are all smitten with the idea of a Pretty Woman musical, according to the Post. Of course, without a composer and creative team, it doesn’t look like this loverly idea will materialize on the Great White Way anytime soon. View Commentslast_img read more

Helen McCrory & More Set for Hytner’s Final National Theatre Season

first_imgLondon’s National Theatre has announced its plans for the 2014-15 season, which will be the final year for Nicholas Hytner before stepping down as Artistic Director. The lineup includes a revival of Euripides’s Medea with Helen McCrory in the title role, a new play by Tom Stoppard directed by Hytner and as previously announced, George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman starring Ralph Fiennes. View Comments The first production of the season will be Medea, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, which will open in July at the Olivier Theatre. Headlined by McCrory, her extensive theater credits include Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, an Olivier Award-winning turn as Rosalind in As You Like It and Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm at the Almeida Theatre. She has appeared in films such as Hugo, Skyfall, and the Harry Potter series. This will be followed by three new plays by Rona Munro: James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock; James II: Day Of The Innocents and James III: The True Mirror. Directed by Laurie Sansom, the productions will evoke three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the 15th century and play in the Olivier Theatre from September. In The Shed, David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face will open in May, directed by Alex Sims. It will be followed by a new play by Polly Stenham, Hotel, opening in June, directed by Maria Aberg.center_img The new Stoppard play, currently untitled, will open at the Dorfman Theatre in January 2015 under Hytner’s direction. Rules for Living, a new play by Sam Holcroft and directed by Marianne Elliott, will begin performances at the Dorfman in March. The Lyttelton Theatre will host a new play by Richard Bean, directed by Hytner, this summer. Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk will play in the venue in September, followed by Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre with a new production, John, in October and in December a new play by Tena Stivicic, which will be directed by Howard Davies. Man and Superman, starring Fiennes, will subsequently open in the Lyttelton in February 2015. A new play from David Hare, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, adapted from the book by Katherine Boo and directed by incoming artistic director Rufus Norris, will open at the Olivier in November. The venue will play host to Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay from December.last_img read more

Martin Short Boards It’s Only a Play; Show Will Move Theater & Extend

first_img View Comments Related Shows It’s official! As first reported, Tony winner Martin Short will replace Nathan Lane as James Wicker in an extended run of the star-studded It’s Only a Play. Lane is set to headline BAM’s The Iceman Cometh in February. Short will begin performances in the role on January 7, 2015; Lane will play his final show on January 4, the date the production had initially been set to complete its limited run.The Terrence McNally comedy will now play at its current home, the Schoenfeld Theatre, through January 18 before moving to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, where it will begin performances on January 23. It will remain there through March 29.  It’s Only a Play also stars Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abrahm, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint and Micah Stock.Short took home a Tony Award for his performance in Little Me. He was also nominated for The Goodbye Girl and headlined Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He shares an Emmy with John Candy, Andrea Martin and more for their writing on SCTV. His additional screen credits include Father of the Bride, Mars Attacks!, Three Amigos, Innerspace, Saturday Night Live and Primetime Glick.It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien, is set on the opening night of Broderick’s character Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic (Abraham), and a wide-eyed coat check attendant (Stock) on his first night in Manhattan.The Helen Mirren-led The Audience begins previews at the Schoenfeld on February 17, 2015. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Nathan Lane Star Files It’s Only a Playlast_img read more

Patina Miller Gets Glam at The Hunger Games Premiere

first_img View Comments After seeing Patina Miller’s rough and tough transformation for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, we were afraid she might show up to the movie’s premiere on November 17 covered in dirt. But the Tony winner looked glam and gorgeous as usual on the red carpet, decked out in a shimmering paisley gown. In the third installment of The Hunger Games, the Pippin and Sister Act alum plays Commander Paylor, who works closely with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her crew as they plan to take on the Capitol. Check out this super sizzling photo of Miller on the red carpet, then see her in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in theaters November 21!last_img read more

Josh Gad Sings Late-Night Version of Frozen with James Corden

first_imgTony nominee and Frozen star Josh Gad and Tony winner James Corden reunited on Corden’s The Late Late Show on April 8, and it was an absolute Broadway extravaganza. First, Gad crashes Corden’s opening monologue with a medley of familiar Frozen tunes. The two first met when they were both on Broadway in The Book of Mormon and One Man, Two Guvnors, and three years later, they have fond memories of the Great White Way. “What has been the standard now,” Gad said, “is so many of us getting our shot from theater. I never in my wildest dreams that I would be doing this show eight times a week…and catapult from that of all things.” Now he’s a huge TV and film star—with Frozen 2 on the way. But don’t expect any spoilers from Gad; he knows just as much as you do. Something tells us they would make a great duo as Tony emcees. Take a look at the clips below, in which the two, joined by James Van Der Beek, also discuss their beginnings in musical theater and their respective first kisses. View Commentslast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Which Tony-Winning Musical Should Be a Movie?

first_img View Comments The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday.When Andrew Lloyd Webber recently revealed a 50th anniversary production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is in the works, we asked you to rank actors to star in it. The results are in, and (to no one’s surprise at all) you chose our Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit to headline the show. This week, we’ve been thinking about movie musicals (like a “scrappy” In the Heights flick). With movie musicals on the brain, we had to ask you which Tony-winning musical should become a movie. Some shows are based on films, but we’re talking about a movie musical! Oh, and we didn’t include the ones that have already been made into movie musicals. (We’re looking at you Hairspray, Phantom, The Producers, Les Miz etc.) Makes sense, no? So please tell us, which Tony-winning musical deserves to go Hollywood. Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek posted his list of top 10 picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Show!last_img read more

Cast Set for Matthew Perry’s The End of Longing

first_imgMatthew Perry has found his London Friends! Christina Cole (The Magistrate), Jennifer Mudge (Into The Woods) and Lloyd Owen (The Bodyguard) will join Perry in the world premiere of his playwriting debut, The End of Longing. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the bittersweet and comic new show is scheduled to run for a limited engagement February 2 through May 14.Meet Jack (Perry), Stephanie (Mudge), Joseph (Owen) and Stevie (Cole): four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, their lives become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.Opening night is set for February 11 at the Playhouse Theatre. View Commentslast_img read more

Fiddler on the Roof’s Adam Kantor Is’s Newest Vlogger!

first_img Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles—we have a new video blogger! Fiddler on the Roof’s Adam Kantor is the latest to grab a camera as a vlogger. Rev up your sewing machines and get ready for Motel Citizen: Backstage at Fiddler on the Roof with Adam Kantor.Kantor, who plays Motel the tailor in the Bartlett Sher-helmed revival, will offer up a glimpse of backstage life at the Broadway Theatre, where he and his co-stars—including Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht and his onstage love interest and offstage bestie Alexandra Silber—follow traditions, find them some finds and haunt our dreams eight times a week.Kantor made his Broadway debut in the closing cast of Rent as Mark. He has since appeared in Next to Normal on Broadway and off-Broadway in The Last Five Years and Avenue Q, as well as the world premiere of Diner in Washington, D.C.Motel Citizen kicks off on February 5 and will run every Friday for eight weeks. View Comments Fiddler on the Roof Related Showscenter_img Adam Kantor in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016last_img read more