Olivia Hardy on Taking Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on the Road and Finding Her ‘Inner Donna’

first_imgAs one third of the Donnas, Hardy works closely with co-stars Dan’yelle Williamson and Alex Hairston who play Diva and Disco Donna, respectively. “Alex and Dan’yelle are some of the most hardworking and most talented women I think I’ve ever met,” she said. “From the moment I met them for the very first time, they were incredibly welcoming and humble and embracing me into this Donna trio family. I’m very lucky and grateful to work with these two amazing ladies.”Bringing Donna Summer’s life to the stage is no easy feat, but Hardy is up for the challenge. “I want to make sure I get her authenticity right,” she said. “But I also want to keep a piece of me a part of it, too. I do the research while also recognizing that we’re not trying to be exactly like Donna. We’re trying to emulate her through our own personal experiences. Playing Duckling Donna, I tap into the dreams she had that are the same ones I had. It’s been cool to meet the two in the middle and find my inner Donna”Catch Hardy in Summer: A Donna Summer Musical in a city near you!Watch the full #LiveAtFive interview below! Olivia Hardy (Photos by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 23:07Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -23:07 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Unlike many college seniors, Olivia Hardy isn’t spending her days in the library studying for an exam or getting ready for the next big football game. Instead, she’s gearing up to star in the first national tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical as Duckling Donna. Before she takes the musical across the country, Hardy stopped by Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive to talk all about stepping into the music icon’s shoes. “I was actually in Berlin, Germany when I found out I got the role,” she told Ryan Lee Gilbert. “I was still at school and I got an email from my agent to self-tape for it back in the beginning of April. I didn’t hear anything back until mid-May and then I came to New York and auditioned in person three times. But yeah, I was sitting in my friend’s room in Germany when I got the email. Wild.”Hardy portrays the youngest of the three Donnas and can relate to her character since she herself is still in school. “I’m a senior, technically,” she said. “I’m taking a leave of absence, but I still have credits to finish that I’m doing online while I’m on this tour. After the tour, I have to go back for one more semester, I gotta get that degree.” View Commentslast_img read more

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Hamilton in for Jamaica Test, Paul returns

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica,  CMC – Jahmar Hamilton has been called up to the West Indies 13-man squad for the decisive second Test against India after Shane Dowrich was ruled out of the series with an ankle injury. Dowrich sat out the opening Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua last week when the hosts suffered a chastening 318-run defeat inside four days, as Shai Hope stood in with the gloves.With Dowrich now returning to Barbados to continue his recovery, Hamilton has been included in a 13-man squad announced yesterday.Wicketkeeper/batsman Jahmar Hamilton.The uncapped 28-year-old Leeward Islands Hurricanes gloveman has played 80 first class matches and accumulated 173 dismissals. He averages 26 with the bat and has scored six hundreds. Hamilton featured for West Indies A in two of the three four-day “Tests” against touring India A, scraping just 36 runs from four innings.Meanwhile, Keemo Paul has returned to the squad after recovering from the ankle injury that kept him out of the series opener.Fast bowler Miguel Cummins, who replaced him, has been dropped after a forgettable display in Antigua where he failed to take a single wicket in 20 insipid overs. The two changes are the only ones to the Windies side as they go in search of a series-levelling victory starting Friday at Sabina Park.West Indies suffered an extraordinary batting collapse on the penultimate day of the opening Test, slumping to 100 all out in pursuit of 419 for victory, to hand India their largest-ever away victory in terms of runs. The result left the Windies without a Test win over India in 22 matches over the last 17 years.SQUAD – Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shamarh Brooks, Jahmar Hamilton, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Keemo Paul.last_img read more

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