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Falsettos’ Andrew Rannells on Being ‘Midwestern Dirty’

first_img View Comments Stage and screen star Andrew Rannells is returning to the Great White Way in Falsettos this fall. As a fan of the 1992 production, Rannells recently stopped by The Late Show to tell Stephen Colbert how excited he is to celebrate unlikely love alongside Broadway faves like Christian Borle and Stephanie J. Block. However, he definitely won’t forget his “dirtier” roots in works like The Book of Mormon and HBO’s Girls. “During Mormon, we were wondering: ‘I don’t know if the middle of the country’s gonna go for this.’ And Trey [Parker] would be like ‘Well, I’m from the Midwest. Rannells is from the Midwest. That’s where all the dirty people are from.'” Whether he’s playing delightfully dirty, squeaky clean, or anywhere in between, we’re glad to have Rannells back on Broadway. Watch the hilarious interview below, and catch Falsettos at the Walter Kerr Theatre beginning September 29! Related Shows Falsettoscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Andrew Rannellslast_img read more

LA Clippers’ rebounding being put to the test

first_imgPLAYA VISTA >> The first month of the NBA schedule isn’t particularly kind to the Clippers. They play four sets of back-to-backs. They travel to Portland, to Memphis, to San Antonio, to Oklahoma City, to Minnesota, to Sacramento, to Dallas, to Detroit, to Indiana and to Brooklyn. The schedule allows for less than a handful of practices.But, in a calendar packed with 19 games in 34 days, coach Doc Rivers might actually have gotten a little lucky. The NBA’s schedule-makers gave him the perfect chance to reinforce the thing the Clippers have spoken about since their very first team meeting in training camp.The Clippers better rebound. If they don’t, their opponents absolutely will.Their first four opponents — Portland, Utah, who they play Sunday, Phoenix and Oklahoma City — all finished in the top seven in offensive rebounding percentage last season. The Clippers were the third-worst defensive rebounding team a year ago. Last year, the Clippers grabbed 15 or more offensive rebounds only four times. “That is not a focus,” Rivers said. “I want to be a better offensive rebounding team, don’t get me wrong. I’d rather not give up points the other way. That statistically is a fact. We know that to be true. “… If they’re under the basket, we want you to go after it. But if you don’t get it, you got to get back.”Bench steps upThe Clippers’ second unit continued to receive praise for its performance in the win at Portland. “I think our second unit really played well defensively the other night,” Jordan said. “They’re guarding Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin every day, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge. But I think they did a great job defensively finishing off possessions and limiting those guys to one shot the other night.”Jamal Crawford said the bench played “agenda-free” basketball after his team won in Portland, and Saturday before practice, he continued to speak highly of their play. “Guys who understand their role I think is really, really key for us, because everybody has the right attitude and the right mindset,” Crawford said. “I feel like we’re one of the better second units in the league, even though we haven’t been together that long. If we can just keep getting better and better and keep getting more defined in our roles, I think we’ll be great.”Quick hitsBrice Johnson (back) and Paul Pierce (ankle) are both listed as “Out” on the Clippers’ injury report. … Alan Anderson (ankle) was healthy enough to play Thursday in Portland, but he, along with Brandon Bass and rookie Diamond Stone, didn’t see action. Thursday, they passed the first test, keeping Portland from winning the rebounding battles (the teams tied). But, Rivers said, they should’ve been better. “The ones that we can get, we have to get. I think we had six of them — we do our own count — that we should have got that we didn’t in the Portland game. That’s a lot actually,” Rivers said. “…Those are the ones we still have to get. And we watch film on rebounding now and that’s important.”The Clippers don’t need to see Utah on tape to know what’s in store for them Sunday afternoon in their home opener at Staples Center. They just need to look across the court at 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert.“I mean, they got damn near one of the tallest guys in the league in Rudy, and he crashes the glass hard,” DeAndre Jordan said. “Now that (Derrick) Favors is back, he’s going to do the same thing…Whenever we can force those guys to one shot, don’t let them get a second one.”The Clippers have even discussed offensive rebounding, never part of Rivers’ coaching foundation. And while, he said it’s still not a priority, his team still managed to grab 15 offensive rebounds in its season-opening win at Portland. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Frugal gets no respect

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If you pop open a can of soda and drink only half, what do you do with the rest? Are you so cheap that you save it – or so wasteful that you throw it out? I’ve been thinking about cans of soda since I saw a headline in a supermarket tabloid a few weeks ago. The headline, about a television personality who is a millionaire many times over, said he is “so cheap” he saves half-cans of soda. The tabloid and the story don’t deserve my attention, and I will spare you any names. My point, reinforced by the headline, is that our culture conspires to make it difficult for us to save but easy to waste. Start with the English language. We have plenty of words with negative connotations for folks tight with their money – niggardly, stingy, skinflint, miserly, tightwad, cheap and cheapskate readily come to mind. Positive words for smart savers are much more scarce. Even “frugal,” according to my Webster’s unabridged dictionary, can denote “excessive” savings. And can you think of a word – I can’t – to describe a person who is smart in all aspects of managing money? Being financially clueless also can be perceived as cute. Case in point: Producers of a planned new “reality” television series, “Broke Folk,” announced last month a nationwide search “for unusual, extreme and entertaining stories about real money messes from funny, outgoing and interesting people in over their heads.” You don’t have to wait for “Broke Folk” to air to get some laughs, or at least giggles. Just tune in to the financial call-in shows, where viewers ask the “gurus” and talking heads on TV for advice. Frequently, these callers are asked how much money they owe on their credit cards, how much they contribute to an IRA or 401(k) plan and what kind of investment return they are getting. A common answer, accompanied by giggles, is “I really don’t know.” This is not a putdown of people who find financial matters confusing or intimidating admittedly, they can be. It is, however, a loud warning to stop treating these matters so casually and to start taking financial responsibility. At a minimum, that includes getting a handle on cash flow (how much money comes in and goes out every month), net worth (the value of everything we own minus what we owe) and how our investments are doing. But again, our culture works against us. We don’t want to be perceived as “obsessing” about money, so we fiercely resist what’s arguably the most useful financial exercise we can ever do, which is to account for all our income and expenses as they occur. (We demand that corporations and the government do this but can’t be bothered with our own money.) And we get so caught up with the “daily living” including, for many, accumulating stuff and keeping up with the perceived expectations of others that we neglect to build a basic financial foundation that would make our lives both easier and simpler. “The general public absolutely treats (financial matters) too lightly,” said Benjamin Tobias, a certified financial planner and president of the Financial Planning Association of Broward County, Fla. His observation (I agree): Society puts too much emphasis on appearances, and appearances work against people saving. “People talk about what kind of car they are getting, and other ‘status’ things,” Tobias said. “But it’s a ‘no-no’ to talk (in social settings) about how much you’ve saved for retirement.” Maybe people should start speaking up more about their savings, Tobias said, creating “peer pressure” for others to save. I’ll speak up: I have more than enough money saved to live comfortably the rest of my life. And the few times I’ve had half a can of soda left I’ve always saved it. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at [email protected]last_img read more