Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 View Comments Nathan Lane Nathan Lane has returned to Broadway’s It’s Only a Play and he stopped by Late Night on March 30 to chat about his star turn as James Wicker in the Terrence McNally comedy. Host Seth Meyers asked: “Is it fun to be back?” Without missing a beat the two-time Tony winner replied: “it’s more than fun, it’s contractual.” It’s Only a Play is about a show opening to horrible reviews, which led to a discussion about Lane’s flops, or “missed opportunities,” as he labeled them (and his love of jello shots). Check out the interview below and then Lane in person at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through June 7. It’s Only a Play Star Files Related Shows
Senior lineman Bill Nagy filled in for center Pete Konz who left with an injury against Iowa. Nagy has played guard, center and tight end for UW so far this season.[/media-credit]After practice, he is sweaty and exhausted. His jersey is soaked. His taped hands, raw. His once shiny white helmet bears a plethora of scuff marks in more colors than he could count with his two massive hands.If the diversity of colors were meant to represent the variety of roles redshirt senior Bill Nagy has held, it would be a fitting metaphor.Nagy, who has played in all eight games this season and started six of them, has played right guard, tight end and center in his playing career as a Badger. In Sunday’s win over Iowa, he filled in at center in the second half for redshirt sophomore Peter Konz, who left the game due to injury and didn’t return after the first half.Despite his need to frequently adjust to different positions, Nagy isn’t fazed by his responsibilities.“I was ready to go. It’s just something we practice and prepare for everyday…Whenever your number is called, you have to be ready to seize the opportunity,” Nagy said.He also noted that, to him, the positions of center and guard are essentially the same. Playing tight end, however, is different due to the difference in play calls. Nagy has been filling in where needed since his sophomore year two seasons ago. After redshirting his freshman year, he stepped up at right guard for John Moffitt against Minnesota. In the following season, he replaced injured players on two occasions at right guard in addition to starting three games. Last season, he missed all but three games due to injury.After starting the first four games of this season at right guard, Nagy lost his spot in the starting lineup to Kevin Zeitler, but he was utilized as a tight end in the jumbo package in the Michigan State game and played against Ohio State and Minnesota. He also contributed at this position in the Iowa game before substituting for the injured Konz at center.Serving as a utilitarian, flex player as opposed to habituating oneself to a fixed position would understandably be frustrating for many players. Nagy, however, embraces his role whole-heartedly.“I just enjoy playing football at whatever position it may be, whether it’s guard, center, or tight end,” Nagy said.Nagy’s attitude and approach to his role are certainly not lost on his fellow players.“Bill did a phenomenal job of stepping in. He’s a huge part of this team…An offensive lineman should be tough, selfless and disciplined, and he exemplifies all three [of these traits],” quarterback Scott Tolzien said.Tolzien, who was challenged by taking snaps from two different centers over the course of one game, explained that there should never be a “panic situation” in a game. The Konz-to-Nagy transition was made smoothly, he explained, because of the way the team practices over the course of the week.Moffitt, UW’s starting left guard, also a redshirt senior, has some experience playing center in his career as well, and he praised Nagy for his poise and competence.“Bill played a clean game; he wasn’t fazed at all,” Moffitt said.What especially impressed Moffitt is that Nagy took only 40 percent of the reps at center in the week leading up to Saturday’s game, yet still delivered.“The blocking is a little different [compared to other positions on the offensive line]. You have to know what you’re doing schematically,” Moffitt said. “You’re making the calls, and Bill did an awesome job at that.”Even coach Bret Bielema acknowledged the impact Nagy’s play had on his team.“Billy Nagy pops in, takes off the tight end jersey number and steps in there. Unbelievable, selfless act to give us that win,” Bielema said after the Iowa game.Selflessness is paramount to having success for a player in Nagy’s situation. Nagy acknowledges his value on the team as a utility player, and instead of worrying about more stable playing time, the senior embraces his opportunities to contribute.“He’s really mature about the way he plays and handles his business,” Moffitt said. “He doesn’t make excuses.”“That’s my role, and I’m doing whatever I can to help the team win,” Nagy said.
C.J. Fair smiled right before he spoke.Usually around this time of year he fields questions about why Syracuse’s nonconference schedule isn’t tougher.This year, though, the questions were the opposite. He was asked how Syracuse’s difficult nonconference schedule has helped prepare the team for conference play.“We’ve had a tough nonconference schedule,” Fair said, “and usually people criticize us for that.”No. 2 Syracuse (12-0) will face Eastern Michigan (7-4) on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome in its final nonconference tune-up before entering Atlantic Coast Conference play for the first time. The Eagles, though less intimidating on paper than some other opponents, are the end of a stretch of formidable non-ACC teams SU has faced.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse won the Maui Invitational by beating Minnesota, California and then-No. 18 Baylor, survived St. John’s in Madison Square Garden and surged by then-No. 8 Villanova 78-62 on Saturday – all before conference play.“I think when we get through this nonconference schedule we’ll have been tested,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “probably a bit more than we have been some years.”The Orange’s first test of the year came against an unlikely opponent in St. Francis (N.Y.). SU trailed 50-48 with fewer than three minutes to go, and the once-seemingly impossible loss became a legitimate worry for the Syracuse faithful.But Syracuse closed the game on a 10-0 run as St. Francis crumbled. It was a game that Boeheim insisted SU should have lost, but the Orange escaped.“They should have beat us,” he said of St. Francis. “They were the only team that really should have beat us this year. They had us beat.”In the Maui Invitational, it wasn’t entirely smooth sailing for Syracuse. Minnesota cut its deficit to just two with 2:14 to go before SU pulled away. California was within one point with 11 minutes to go. Baylor lost by just seven.Those three teams currently hold a combined 30-7 record and will likely all be dancing in March.The Orange embarrassed Indiana in a game that was part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, but was anything but a challenge for Syracuse. And St. John’s gave SU a scare in Madison Square Garden before Syracuse won the battle for New York supremacy.The Orange has played strong teams early on in years past. Last year SU faced San Diego State, Arkansas and Temple. This year, though, the string of matchups – and wins – has been even more impressive.“These games,” Boeheim said, “you don’t need to play a hundred of them, but we’ve played enough of these games that are really going to help you.”Saturday’s win over Villanova was SU’s biggest win of the season to date.Even Tyler Ennis, who never got a flavor of Big East basketball, knows the historical significance and the importance of such a marquee matchup early in the year.“It’s a big win,” Ennis said. “It’s a rivalry. They’re a really good team this year, especially being Top 10.”Next up is Eastern Michigan. Syracuse has trounced EMU the last two seasons by identical scores of 84-48. Despite the lopsided history between the two teams, the Eagles are an improved team this year.They trailed Kentucky by just three at the half, hung around with Massachusetts and lost to Purdue by only five.Eagles head coach Rob Murphy, who was an assistant coach for SU, has implemented a zone defense that has held opponents to 37 percent shooting on the season. EMU, meanwhile, is shooting 44 percent.Eagles’ center Da’Shonte Riley spent his freshman season at Syracuse and is also very familiar with Boeheim’s zone.With EMU’s recent success and familiarity with Syracuse, SU guard Trevor Cooney knows his team can’t sleep on the Eagles.“Eastern Michigan’s a really good team,” Cooney said. “We’re not worried about conference play right now. Just worried about them.”Boeheim said Murphy has molded EMU into a difficult team to play against. He expects another tough challenge on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve.Then, for Syracuse, the tough sledding through nonconference play is over. It’s on to the ACC.“It definitely helped a lot,” sophomore Jerami Grant said. “Knowing that we’re going to the ACC there’s going to be a lot of good teams to play against, so it helped us a lot to prepare for what to come.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass