Matthew James Thomas Looks Back on His Pippin Journey

first_imgIn the corporate world, employees leaving a job are asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we think it’s fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Matthew James Thomas will say farewell to his corner of the sky on March 30, when he departs the Tony-winning, circus-inspired revival of Pippin. As he leaves the big top behind, Thomas reflects on his “transformative, isolating and inspiring” year on Broadway. Star Files Pippin How do you feel now that you’re leaving? Excited, sad (of course) and like I’ve grown a few extra backbones. What will you miss most about the job? This life, so far, has left me with rather severe nostalgia. That feeling of the deep bone grind, that impossible last performance of the week when you already gave everything you had at the matinee performance and somehow you know you will find it again, from absolutely nowhere, because you have to…it’s the rules…your rules. I will deeply miss the audience as I have never really felt such a deep and intuitive connection with them. I’m the luckiest guy alive to share in the responsibility of a production. It is what I live for. I hope to “find it” again someday, and of course have no certainty. Pippin is an incredibly smart piece of work, and this version of the show, in particular, truly serves to carve out the most important statements that it makes. It will hurt to be away from such a profound piece of theater made up of such an inspirational, superhuman cast and crew. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Eat lots of protein… Love and listen as hard as you can. What was the hardest thing? The physical and mental exhaustion—and always being the guy saying, “Sorry, I can’t come out tonight.” What was the easiest thing about the job? Listening to it and working with some truly incredible people. I’d start naming names but I’d be here forever. Falling into the show in ways I would have never predicted. Every day was a new challenge. View Comments What was the highlight of your time at this job? Those moments in live theater when everything comes into alignment and when every element (including the audience) comes into an effortless being with each other. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? One of the hardest things I’ve encountered whilst working on Pippin is the consistent irony, as a reflection from the core material of the show, within my own life. However, I learned a lot along the way, so I would say whatever you have to offer, whoever you are… Yeah, do that.center_img How do you think you’ve grown during your time at this job? Like a beanstalk—well at least it feels that way. I’m grateful most of all for the experience, the everyday and the accumulation of it all. To me it feels like the greatest gift of living. Why are you leaving? It’s just time. I need to regroup with my family and I sure would like to see my girlfriend [fellow Spider-Man alum Jennifer Damiano] some more. Also, I can’t live with the idea of the experience or my performance getting stale. I feel like I have given everything I had, to every single show, and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way. So I try to trust my instincts—I always find myself wanting to take risks and make myself available for new challenges and to give everything I have to the work that I’m doing, when I’m doing it. Job You’re Leaving: Pippin in Pippin Related Shows Employee name: Matthew James Thomas What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Transformative. Isolating. Inspiring. How did you feel when you first got the job? Thrilled, nervous and ready. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Matthew James Thomaslast_img read more

Messi now ready to leave Barcelona

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live In8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime And Graeme Souness believes Premier League duo Man City and neighbours United should waste no time in making their move. read also:Another Messi in the making signs for Liverpool at six Writing in the Times, he said: “Lionel Messi looked like a man who has had enough of carrying that team; without him they wouldn’t even be good enough to qualify for the Champions League. “This would be the perfect week to put a bid in for the 33-year-old Argentinian and I could easily see him playing in Manchester — at either United or City.” Messi cut a distraught figure following the darkest night in the club’s history against Bayern. With the legendary forward not getting any younger, Messi is not prepared to spend the twilight of his career at a club going backwards. A new manager is inevitable with the club targetting former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. But the real issues lie at the hands of president Josep Bartomeu who has been embroiled in a string of controversial antics. One of those includes paying a PR firm to attack stars such as Messi and Gerard Pique online.Another change is likely to see the axing of Sporting Director Eric Abidal – of whom had a pubic falling out with Messi. Messi scored 31 goals and provided 26 assists from 44 appearances in all competitions this season. Barca are facing a stream of departures with ex-Liverpool star Luis Suarez said to be on the transfer list. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi has made up his mind to  Barcelona this summer, according to reports. And the Argentine superstar is said to have informed the club already. Messi was furious after Barca were humiliatingly dumped out of the Champions League on Friday with an 8-2 thumping by Bayern Munich. He reportedly threatened to quit if there was not a major restructure at the Nou Camp. But he is not willing to wait for the change and wants to leave “immediately”, according to Esporte Interativo. An inside source close to Messi is quoted as saying: “He has never seen Leo so determined to leave as now.” The Brazilian outlet correctly revealed Neymar was leaving Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. French outlet L’Equipe are already reporting that a senior member of Barcelona’s hierarchy has quashed the idea of Messi’s imminent departure. The senior figure reportedly said: “He has a contract until June 2021, with a clause of £633million.” Messi, 33, has grown disillusioned with life at his boyhood club following numerous mounting problems behind the scenes. His contract expires next summer when he can leave for free but he appears determined to leave right now.center_img Loading… last_img read more