Cardinals have to wait another game to lock up spot in Katy

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Lamar entered the day needing only a win over Houston Baptist, or a Nicholls State loss, to lock up a spot in next month’s Southland Conference Championship tournament but neither happened. The Cardinals (16-13, 8-8 SLC) never recovered from a 1-of-13 start from the field falling to Houston Baptist, 75-68, Saturday evening in the Montagne Center. The Cardinals started the game one for its first 13 and two for its first 17, and the second field goal was a rushed three ball from senior Marcus Owens to beat the shot clock. LU finished the game 20-of-52 (.385) from the field following a stronger second half that saw them shoot better than 48 percent.The Huskies finished the game shooting better than 49 percent from the field, despite a 3-of-12 (.200) start. The visitors rode a hot second half that saw them knock down 15-of-28 (.536) attempts in the final 20 minutes. HBU did the majority of its damage in the paint outscoring LU by 17 in that area.HBU also beat the Cardinals on the boards. Led by six players with at least five rebounds, the Huskies held a 41-28 advantage on the boards. Junior Colton Weisbrod and sophomore Nick Garth both hit the 20-point plateau as Weisbrod led all scorers with 24 points, while Garth netted 23. Atif Russell came off the bench to lead the Huskies with 18 points. He was one of four players in double figures for HBU.Free throws from Lincoln Davis and Weisbrod were the only points from LU for the first 6:35 of action. Junior Christian Albright recorded the team’s first field goal at the 13:24 mark to pull the Cardinals within three. The Cardinals would go on to score four of the game’s next six points to pull within one but HBU had an answer pushing its lead back to six. That would be the theme throughout the game, the Cards would surge but HBU responded.LU went into the locker room trailing by only five, 34-29, following a Garth three-pointer – one of four on the night – with 33 seconds remaining. Garth’s three closed a 20-minute stretch that saw LU convert just 7-of-25 (.280) shots, while the Huskies opened the game shooting 44 percent from the field. Both teams were 3-of-10 from three-point range in the first half.center_img The second half started much the same as the first as the Cardinals watched the deficit balloon to 11 points less than four minutes into the half. Big Red responded by trimming the lead down to four points just over three minutes later by rattling off a small 9-2 run. LU was unable to sustain the run as the Huskies got the lead back to nine points after a Russell and-one and a Cody Stetler layup.The Cardinals made another run just moments later. After Stetler’s layup gave HBU a nine-point advantage, LU responded with an 11-2 run to pull even for the first time since the opening tip. Weisbrod got the basket on a nice pass from Garth in traffic.After a Russell free throw on the other end of the floor, the Cardinals appeared poised to take their first lead of the game but was turned away as Davis’ dunk rattled out of the rim – one of several shots from point blank range that didn’t fall for Cardinals Saturday evening.It remained a one-possession game for the next 3:30 before Reveal Chukwujekwu put HBU up by four with 3:49 left to play. The Cardinals didn’t get any closer as HBU was able to push its lead back to nine at the free throw line before the final tally was posted.The Cardinals will need to bounce back Thursday when they return to the Montagne Center to host Nicholls. The game against the Colonels will tip off at 7 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN3, and heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI.Nicholls is currently a game back of LU with two games remaining. A victory Wednesday would solidify a spot for the Cardinals in the postseason tournament. SLC tournament tickets are now on sale through the LU Ticket Office.last_img read more

Nederland Police calls, arrests for the week of Dec. 25

first_imgCriminal mischief was reported in the 1100 block of North 20th Information was reported in the 2500 block of Avenue E. Next Up Tuesday, Dec. 26: A complaint was made about indecency with a child in the 2700 block of Avenue N. An arrest was made on another agency’s warrant in the 200 block of 200 North Memorial Highway. An injury to a child was reported in the 700 block of North Ninth Street. Friday, Dec. 29: A theft was reported in the 1700 block of Avenue E. A theft was reported in the 2200 block of Avenue G. Burglary of a habitation was reported in the 600 block of South Ninth Street. A terroristic threat was reported in the 2800 block of Memphis. Burglary of a vehicle was reported in the 600 block of Boston. An arrest was made on another agency’s warrant in the 2600 block of Nederland Avenue. A complainant reported aggravated assault-family violence in the 100 block of North 10th Recovered stolen property was reported in the 2300 block of Avenue H. A theft was reported in the 3000 block of Highway 365. Criminal mischief was reported in the 2600 block of Nederland Avenue. An assault-family violence report was made in the 900 block of Shaw. An arrest was made of a subject for public intoxication in the 100 block of North Twin City Highway. Thursday, Dec.28: A burglary of a building was reported in the 3700 block of South Highway 365.center_img A missing person report was made in the 8100 block of Ford. Sunday, Dec. 31: A subject was taken into custody on a mental commitment in the 400 block of Hardy. The Nederland Police Department reported the following activity for the week of Dec. 25:Monday, Dec. 25: A complaint was made about a dangerous dog at large in the 3000 block of Nashville. Two people were arrested on another agency’s warrant in the 3700 block of Nederland Avenue. Saturday, Dec. 30: An arrest was made on another agency’s warrant in the 1500 block of South Twin City Highway. A death from natural causes was reported in the 1000 block of Avenue B. An aggravated robbery was reported in the 800 block of South 13th Criminal trespass was reported in the 600 block of South Third Street. A forgery report was made in the 2600 block of Nederland Avenue. A burglary of a vehicle and burglary of a habitation was reported in the 1300 block of Kent. A theft was reported in the 200 block of 32nd Wednesday, Dec. 25: A terroristic threat was reported in the 2300 block of Avenue H. An arrest was made on a subject for tamper/fabricate with physical evidence with intent to impair in the 1300 block of Boston Avenue. An arrest was made on Nederland warrants in the 900 block of South 23rd Criminal mischief was reported in the 2600 block of North Highway 69.last_img read more

BASEBALL: Central Michigan holds back Lamar

first_img Another double play in the third struck down Coker after he led off with a terrific bunt single down the left field line, and though Adames singled to short after the double play the Cardinals couldn’t bring him home. The score remained 3-2 in favor of CMU after three.The fourth started with a strikeout but three consecutive walks loaded the bases. A 4-3 grounder scored one and two more walks drove home another run before a strikeout ended the inning with Central Michigan leading 5-2.CMU stretched its lead to six runs, 8-2, in the fifth with three hits, a walk, and an errant fielder’s choice that achieved no outs, and Lamar responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Coker drew a leadoff walk and came home on an RBI triple from Adames, putting the senior third baseman from The Bronx, New York, just a double short of the cycle. A sac fly from Gutierrez scored Adames to pull Lamar within four, 8-4, at the end of the sixth.CMU take one more run on the sixth and in the seventh on three more hits, but Dylan Johnson, Marcus Olivarez, and Kristjan Storrie held the Chippewas scoreless the final two innings with a combined four strikeouts and just one hit allowed with no walks, allowing Lamar to attempt another late rally. A solo shot by Quirion with one out in the eighth looked like it could be the start of Lamar’s comeback. Durand followed up the homer with a triple and came home on a sac bunt from George, and though Coker drew a walk in the next at-bat, a strikeout ended the threat. With just one inning left Lamar trailed by four, 10-6.Adames drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a two-out single from Kemp but a strikeout ended the game. Central Michigan won 10-6.The Cards return to action on Tuesday with the University of Houston coming to Vincent-Beck Stadium at 6 p.m. and a three-game series at home against BYU will close out February with games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Lamar (4-4) collected 16 hits and struck out 11, but double plays and walks limited the impact on both sides of the ball as Big Red ultimately fell 10-6 to Central Michigan (6-2) on Sunday.“This whole pre-conference schedule is tough and it’s designed to get us ready for conference,” said head coach Will Davis. “The more we play the more we learn about our team, and we’re getting closer and closer to figuring this thing out. I do believe the ingredients are here to have a good season, and now all we have to do is put it all together.”Neither team scored in the first inning as Grason Wright sat the Chippewas down in order and Cole Coker’s one-out single was erased on a double play, and the scoring started in the second with five combined runs in the inning. The Chippewas turned a leadoff double and a walk into three runs on a homer with no outs and got one more hit before a sac bunt, a strikeout, and a flyout ended the inning, and Lamar responded with a leadoff homer from Robin Adames and singles Anthony Quirion and Reese Durand to plate two. A double play earlier in the second inning struck down Jorge Gutierrez after he singled to left field. After two innings the score was close, 3-2, in favor of CMU.last_img read more

Wayne Keith Brown

first_imgWayne Keith Brown, 48, of Port Arthur, TX departed this life on Sunday, July 14, 2019 in a tragic car accident.Wayne was born December 30, 1970 to the late Louis Brown, Jr. and Shirley Marie Levine-Brown.He was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur, TX and worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. In 2016, he fulfilled his lifelong dream alongside his brother, they formed Brown Brothers Transport.Wayne was a 1989 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School.He is preceded in death by his parents.  Wayne leaves to cherish his memories one loving daughter, Ke’Haire Morgan of Beaumont, TX; two grandchildren, Peyton and Kodii Smith; one brother De’Marius Tremayne Brown of Port Arthur, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Christian Faith Baptist Church, 1919 Jefferson Drive, Port Arthur, TX with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time.Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.last_img read more

Charles Thomas Norman

first_img His stories about driving his official car, flags waving, through work sites would continue to entertain Charles’ family even until just recently before his passing.After his discharge from the Air Force, Charles moved back home to be with his mother, whom he adored, and to attend Baylor University.Charles studied Biology and Business while at Baylor, and he eventually went to work for Kraft Foods.Charles’ natural charm and excellent interpersonal skills served him well during his years with Kraft. Charles Thomas Norman (85) passed away peacefully on February 13, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.Charles entered the Norman family as the youngest child of Lonnie Dee Norman and Mary Glenn Norman when he was born on July 31, 1934.As a child in Axtell, Texas, Charles was a natural-born charmer; his parents and older siblings doted on him. As he grew he became a loyal, devoted brother and a life-long friend to his schoolmates.After graduating from Axtell High School in 1953, Charles joined the US Air Force, where he worked as a surveyor.Charles was popular with his peers and his officers in the Air Force, and he would remember that time fondly throughout his life.center_img Working as the Regional Sales Representative for the Dallas territory, Charles earned several awards for sales leadership.It was during this time that Charles met the love of his life, a baton-twirler fifteen years his junior named Betty Lou Geldmeier.Betty and Charles were married in 1969, and were together nearly every day until her passing in 2018.The couple made their first home in Garland, Texas.There, after three years of marriage, Betty and Charles welcomed their first and only child, a son.They named him Jason Glenn, an homage to Charles’ beloved mother, Mary Glenn.From the day he was born, Jason was Charles’ pride and joy.Soon, the family embarked on a new adventure when Charles decided to leave Kraft foods and North Texas to live nearer to his brothers in Southeast Texas.The trio eventually settled in Beaumont. In 1972, Charles founded Norman’s, a company that would encompass the businesses of Norman’s Shoes, Norman’s Men’s Fashions, and George Wilson’s Menswear throughout the nearly fifty-year span that Mr. Norman would preside over it.In business, as with all things, Charles Norman brought his whole-hearted dedication.He worked tirelessly, until just a few days before his death, to provide for his family.There was nothing Charles did that he didn’t give one-hundred percent attention to.Whether the work was a Friday night football concession stand shift for the United Methodist Men or a meeting of the church Finance Committee, Charles could be counted on to be all in.While his businesses weathered economic downturns, major natural disasters, and the loss of many friends throughout the years, Charles was a force in his own right.He moved faster and accomplished more in a day than most people around him ever could.He was a character in the true sense of the word; one never knew what he might say or do next.He was quick-tempered but also quick to forgive.His ability to love was unsurpassed. Charles treasured babies, old Gospel songs, the company of his friends, family, and customers, and weekends at the lake.He enjoyed traveling, taking cruises with Betty and Jason and then road-trips later with the grandchildren in tow.He was extremely proud of the three kids that called him “PawPaw.”Recently, he had found solace and pleasure in the congregation of Trinity UnitedMethodist Church in Beaumont.Charles is preceded in death by all eight of his siblings and his wife of 49 years.He is survived by his devoted son and best friend, Jason, and daughter-in-law, Kesha, along with their three children: Anna Norman of Fort Worth, Texas, and Lily Norman and Jay Norman of Beaumont, Texas.Charles also has two living sisters-in-law: Betty Ruth Norman of Beaumont and Sally Norman of Mansfield, along with numerous nieces and nephews.A gathering of Charles Norman’s friends and family will be held at Broussard’s Mortuary on Major Drive in Beaumont, Texas.Charles will be buried beside his wife in Riesel, Texas after a graveside service.His pall-bearers will be: his nephews, Aaron Norman, Charlie D. Norman, Morris Norman, Junior, Rod Norman, and Tye Norman; and his great-nephews Tye Norman and Chaz Norman.last_img read more

B.G. “Buddy” Tomlinson Sr.

first_img A visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday evening at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary service to begin at 6:00 p.m.Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Virginia Tomlinson and his son, Dale Allen Tomlinson.He is survived by two sons, B.G. Tomlinson, Jr. and wife Liz and Mark Steven Tomlinson and wife Carol, six grandchildren, Stephanie Coley, Marcus Tomlinson, Rebecca Sanders, Mark Steven Tomlinson, Jr., Carrie Lynn Hebert and Melissa Tomlinson, and eight great grandchildren. B.G. “Buddy” Tomlinson Sr., 93, of Groves, Texas passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.He was born February 10, 1927 in Port Arthur, Texas to Jesse James Tomlinson and Maud Marie Hawkins Tomlinson.Buddy proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and in the United States Marine Corp following the war.He had lived in Groves for 70 years and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Radio Control Airplane Group “Oily Birds.” Buddy retired as an operator from Texaco after 32 years of service.He was also the owner of Tomlinson T.V. for over 40 years.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church with Reverend J.C. Coon and Monsignor Kenneth Greig officiating.Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.last_img read more

Port Arthur woman’s death linked to COVID-19, health officials report

first_img Health officials said the victim is an African American female between 90 and 95 years old.She was reported as having underlying health conditions.This is the 34th Port Arthur resident to have died in 2020 with complications tied to COVID-19.Port Arthur and Mid-County Fatality report:April 6: Port Arthur White male, aged 45-50, had underlying conditions.April 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.April 21: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.April 21: Nederland White female, aged 85-90, had underlying conditions.May 3: Port Arthur White male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.June 5: Port Arthur African American female, aged 80-85, underlying conditions not known.June 29: Port Arthur African American female, aged 60-65, underlying conditions not known.July 3: Port Arthur African American female, aged 85-90, underlying conditions not known.July 9: Nederland White female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.July 14: Port Arthur African American female, aged 50-55, had underlying conditions.July 15: Nederland White female, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.July 17: Nederland White female, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.July 20: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.July 21: Port Arthur African American male, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.July 27: Port Arthur African American female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.July 28: Port Neches White female, aged 70-75, had underlying conditions.July 29: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.July 29: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.Aug. 5: Port Arthur White female, aged 80-84, had underlying conditions.Aug. 10: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.Aug. 10: Port Arthur African American male, aged 75-80, had underlying conditions.Aug. 11: Port Arthur White female, aged 40-45.Aug. 11: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60.Aug. 11: Nederland White male, aged 70-75, had underlying conditions.Aug. 14: Nederland White male, aged 90-95, had underlying conditions.Aug. 14: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.Aug. 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 75-80, had underlying conditions.Aug. 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 85-90, had underlying conditions.Aug. 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 90-95.Aug. 18: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.Aug. 18: Port Arthur White male, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.Aug. 31: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.Aug. 31: Nederland White male, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.Sept. 4: Port Arthur African American male, aged 70-75, had underlying conditions.Sept. 8: Nederland White male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.Sept. 9: Nederland White male, aged 85-90, had underlying conditions.Sept. 22: Groves White male, aged 75-80, had underlying conditions.Sept. 29: Port Arthur White male, aged 60-65, had underlying conditionsSept. 29: Port Arthur African American female, aged 90-95, had underlying conditionsOct. 6: Port Arthur African American male, aged 75-80, had underlying conditionsOct. 6: Port Arthur Asian male, aged 40-45Oct. 7: Port Neches White female, aged 60-65, had underlying conditionsOct. 7: Groves White male, aged 70-75, had underlying conditionsOct. 7: Nederland Hispanic female, aged 90-95, had underlying conditionsOct. 7: Nederland White male, aged 50-55, had underlying conditionsOct. 9: Port Arthur White female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditionsOct. 15: Port Arthur African American female, aged 90-95, had underlying conditions The City of Port Arthur Health Department reported another local death tied to COVID-19 on Thursday.last_img read more

Wild knife & crowbar fight between 3 women leads to arrests, indictments

first_img Battiste elaborated a bit more during the interview with police, authorities said, adding she had met her ex-girlfriend “A” to help remove belongings from the victim’s car. Supposedly the victim and “A” were breaking up and she was going back to Battiste.After gathering the belongings, Battiste said she saw Jenkins strike the victim and the fight ensued.During the fight Battiste reportedly reached inside the driver’s side window and attempted to take a stick away that she was using to hit Jenkins with.This happened while Jenkins was fighting with the victim who was seated inside her car. Port Arthur Police responded and noted the victim had multiple injuries, including a cut on her left hand, a cut on her right foot, a knot on the right side of her forehead and a cut on the left side of her face.Two days later a detective interviewed the suspects in the parking lot of Valley View Estates, where Jenkins allegedly said she hit the victim as she sat inside her vehicle because when she approached, the victim was armed with a knife and she felt threatened.During the fight, Jenkins said, Battiste hit the victim with the crowbar twice in her head. The victim exited her car and chased Jenkins away from the scene while armed with a knife. A fight between three women, one of which was struck in the head with a crowbar, led to two arrests and indictments.A Jefferson County grand jury indicted two Port Arthur women, Lynnisha Battiste, 25, and Camryn Jenkins, 18, for an aggravated assault that occurred Aug. 10.A 26-year-old female victim was sitting inside her vehicle with her children in the 4100 block of Jimmy Johnson Boulevard when Lynnisha Battiste and Camryn Jenkins assaulted her, according to the probable cause affidavit.center_img The victim exited the drier’s side seat and reportedly approached Battiste with a knife “so she hit her twice the head with the crow bar.”The women were arrested and later bonded out of the county jail.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.last_img read more

Pasek & Paul’s James and the Giant Peach to Premiere at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Starring Kendra Kassebaum

first_imgA reworked musical version of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach will receive its premiere at the Seattle Children’s Theatre November 21 through January 5. Directed by SCT artistic director Linda Hartzell, the stage adaptation features a book by Timothy Allen McDonald and music by Tony nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The Seattle cast will include Mike Spee (Seattle’s Spring Awakening) as James, Kendra Kassebaum (Broadway’s Leap of Faith and Wicked) as Ladybug, Rich Gray as Centipede, Heath Saunders (Seattle’s Hairspray) as Earthworm, Greg McCormick Allen as Grasshopper, Diana Huey as Spider, Julie Briskman as Sponge and Jayne Muirhead as Spiker, with Vickielee Wohlbach, Ian Lindsay and Auston James rounding out the cast. View Comments Star Files The Seattle production will feature choreography by Marianne Roberts, set design by Carey Wong, lighting design by Michelle Habeck, costume design by Cathy Hunt, sound design by Chris R. Walker, fight choreography by Geoff Alm and puppet design by Annett Mateo. Chris Distefano will serve as musical director and Lara Paxton will work as the ariel coach.center_img James and the Giant Peach received its world premiere in 2010 at Goodspeed, but the show has since undergone major changes, which will be incorporated into the Seattle production. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach – and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. Kendra Kassebaumlast_img read more

Tristan Gemmill on the Lure of the Title Role in the London Musical Hit The Bodyguard

first_img You’ve been away from the stage for seven years, and you became a father during that time. Are the two things related? Pretty much so. It’s not like there was some massive personal choice on my part not to do theater, but we bought a house in the country and had three children, and TV tends to be a bit easier to manage when you’re parenting three little ones. The upside with a play, of course, is that you get to spend more time with the kids during the day, so it’s not without its advantages. Has it happened to you? I do have some loyal fans who have followed me since my early television days, and it seems quite natural in the days of Twitter and Facebook to have some form of engagement with the public. Obviously, for some people that gets sinister, and that’s the area The Bodyguard explores. What about the show’s use of Whitney Houston hits? She is one of those iconic American figures—a tragic one now, obviously, but she had this magnificent, transcendent voice. From the moment you first heard her sing a bar of any song, you knew you were in for something special. It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since I first saw you on stage, and nude no less, in the 1994 revival of Rope. You saw that? Gosh, well done. I thought the theatrical conceit of our production was really interesting—to make it a little edgier and racier and to emphasize the homosexual side [of the play]. I’m not sure people were ready for that sort of full-on assault, but I enjoyed doing it. And now, you’re in a musical in which your character doesn’t sing, except for one particular moment. You know, I’m fairly happy to be in the background when it comes to singing! I wouldn’t normally inflict my singing on the British public, though I’m quite happy to listen to [co-star] Beverley [Knight] and the girls from my position next to them. Have you ever sung on stage? The last time I did a musical was at school. I was one of the sailors in South Pacific, primarily because we got to do the show with the girls’ school next door. I never thought it was a remote possibility that I would actually be in a West End musical, which is why it was so strange and exciting and challenging when this offer came through. You’ve taken on other American parts, including Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire in Wales. Are you a closet American? [Laughs] I guess I am! When you boil down our conversation, there must be an element of truth to that. I’ve never joined in the bashing of America that you sometimes get [in the UK], at least politically, and I’ve been a big movie fan for as long as I can remember. When you live in a rainy windswept corner of Kent [southeast of London] and see these great American landscapes in 70 millimeter, you build up a fantasy idea of what the country might be like. Do you relate to a show that addresses issues of security that come from being in the public eye? That’s a fairly universal thing now; we live in an age that is so much about celebrities. And while we once might have thought that the story our show tells is more of an American—or Hollywood—thing having to do with crazy fans, that sort of thing happens all over the world to anyone who brushes up against even a little bit of fame.center_img Is Beverley Knight keeping pace as Rachel Marron? You know what? She’s pretty amazing, too! Her reputation in Britain as a phenomenal voice is well-established, and I’m perfectly aware that another huge bonus about doing this show is that I get to be on stage every night with her magnificent voice. As The Bodyguard heads towards its first birthday on the West End in December, the musical is welcoming two new leads: Beverley Knight has replaced Tony winner Heather Headley in the late Whitney Houston’s screen role as singer Rachel Marron, with TV and stage veteran Tristan Gemmill taking over the non-singing title role of Frank Farmer (created on screen by Kevin Costner) from Lloyd Owen. Broadway.com spoke to the charming Gemmill returning to the stage, interacting with fans and why audiences love a Whitney Houston tune. I hope the reality hasn’t proven too disappointing! Ha! In fact, when I was 22, I went across America with my well-thumbed copy of [the Jack Kerouac novel] On the Road for a couple of months. I loved every second of it, even though some of it was quite hair-raising. I’m not sure I would recommend getting washed up in a bus station at the wrong end of Houston at 1 AM: That wasn’t exactly a dream evening. Have you done theater in the U.S.? No, and it’s still TV that I’m best known for on both sides of the Atlantic: [BBC drama series] Casualty here, and Meadowlands there; I did one season playing this nerdy, weird doctor. I’d love to do some theater there at some point and maybe even have another go somewhere at Stanley Kowalski—though I’d better do that one fast before middle-age spread takes me over and makes it impossible! Why were you interested in joining the show? I wasn’t really angling for it, to be honest, but once I realized that this wasn’t your regular musical and that [Frank Farmer] wasn’t really required to sing, I thought, why not go for it? I like things that take me out of my comfort zone and into areas I’ve not done before. An extra plus was that Thea Sharrock was directing, and I very much respect her body of work. View Commentslast_img read more