18 Jan

Phantom’s Jeremy Hays on How Shakespeare Transformed Him From Shy Stutterer to Broadway Star

first_img Related Shows Star Files Jeremy Landon Hays Age & Hometown: 32; Henrietta, OK View Comments Coast to Coast: After earning his degree in musical theater from Oklahoma City University, Hays and his buddies took a road trip to the Big Apple. “I don’t know why we drove; it was miserable,” he says with a laugh. “What a stupid idea.” But the actor fell in love with the city and became an official resident when he nabbed an ensemble role in Les Miserables, later playing Enjolras on the 25th anniversary tour. He even got to sing “One Day More” on the Oscars with the film’s cast. “There were no egos. We were all there because we loved and believed in the show,” Hays says. “That’s all the way from the little people in the back, like me, to Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. It was an amazing experience.” Current Role: A passionate star turn as Christine’s faithful beau Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Shakespeare to the Rescue: Growing up in an “idyllic, Mayberry small town” 45 minutes south of Tulsa, Hays had to create his own fun. “I played baseball on a makeshift diamond in the middle of a cow pasture,” he remembers. After a shoulder injury put baseball on the back burner, he reluctantly tried out for a high school production of Much Ado About Nothing on the recommendation of his drama teacher. When he got the part of Leonato, he was terrified. “I stutter, and I was scared to death—I actually have to speak onstage? But my teacher pulled me aside and said, ‘We are going to fix this.’” Performing gave Hays a new confidence, and his stutter dramatically improved. “It might sound corny, but Shakespeare completely changed my life,” he says. from $29.00 The Phantom of the Opera All I Ask Of You: Hays describes his whirlwind debut as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera as an “out-of-body experience.” After two weeks of rehearsal, the actor faced 18 friends and family members on his very first night. “They couldn’t wait and give me a month to figure it out,” he jokes. He has been welcomed into the fold by co-stars Hugh Panaro and Mary Michael Patterson, and he’s impressed by the cast’s ability to stay positive and energized in Broadway’s longest running hit. “Everyone is eager to do the show every night, and it’s so inspiring to see that,” he says. Four months later, Hays admits he sometimes still has to pinch himself. “Having had spouts of unemployment for up to 18 months, I wake up and think, ‘It’s OK, I have a job tonight,’” he says. “It’s truly a dream come true.”last_img read more

18 Oct

Mikel Arteta sets challenge for record Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Feb 2020 10:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Advertisement Arsenal v Newcastle: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:14FullscreenArsenal v Newcastle: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-newcastle-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2110832/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Afterwards he needs to have a much clearer picture of the things that are happening on the pitch, why they are happening and how he can solve them. I think he’s in the process of doing that.‘He hasn’t played 12 or 15 games in a row, which is a massive thing for a player in those positions which are more difficult on the pitch to make an impact in games, he needs to earn that with his performances.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He was in France and was one of the biggest stars in the league. He made an incredible year.‘He comes here and a lot of people didn’t even know him and you paid that price tag. So for him to put his brain into this picture and solve all this is not easy. And he’s a really young player.’MORE: Arsenal set asking price for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Inter Milan prepare transfer swoopMORE: Ian Wright slams ‘delusional’ Unai Emery in lengthy rant over Arsenal comments Arsenal are yet to see the best of their record signing Nicolas Pepe on a regular basis (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal fans won’t see the best of Nicolas Pepe until he can cement a regular place in his side, but insists the club’s record signing must earn the right to be considered an automatic starter.Much was expected of the Ivory Coast international when the supposedly cash-strapped Gunners shelled out £72million sign one of European football’s most highly rated wingers from Lille.Pepe struggled to win the trust of Unai Emery, who reportedly wanted to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha instead, but has been a near constant presence in the Arsenal forward line since Arteta’s appointment.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite some promising moments, particularly in the New Year’s Day win over Manchester United, the goals and assists have been few and far between but Arteta is confident the 24-year-old will come good.ADVERTISEMENTSpeaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Newcastle, Arteta said: ‘First of all he needs the right structure behind him to be able to provide the moments of quality and winning games, whether it’s assists, goals, dribbles or whatever it is. Mikel Arteta sets challenge for record Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepelast_img read more