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Helen Mirren: Broadway Reprisal of Queen Role

Dame Helen Mirren set to reprise her role in The Audience on the Broadway stage

Dame Helen Mirren set to reprise her role in The Audience on the Broadway stage

Dame Helen Mirren will reprise her Olivier Best Actress award winning role as HRH Queen Elizabeth II in the hit play The Audience, reports state.  The West End production will cross the pond and head into the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for a limited four month run. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shia LaBeouf: Studio 54 Arrest

All around hotness Shia LaBeouf at the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps premiere

All around hotness Shia LaBeouf at the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps premiere

Cantankerous star and former-lead of the Michael Bay Transformers’ franchise Shia LaBeouf has gone and done what thousands before him could never achieve while at the infamous space known as Studio 54:  behave so badly that he ended up arrested and spending a night at 1 Police Plz.

Without question this is certainly a first for the space the housed a rumored basement – and balcony – where an anything goes practice was standard.

And wouldn’t you know it…  we leave town on a work hiatus – only just managing to finally get on a wi-fi signal – and BAM!  Papi is arrested while attending an evening performance of Cabaret.

Ain’t that something…? Read the rest of this entry »

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Patti LaBelle: After Midnight Final Curtain

Patti LaBelle will close After Midnight June 29th

Patti LaBelle will close After Midnight June 29th

Patti LaBelle will close the last leg of the Broadway Cotton Club era musical “After Midnight,” reports state.  The final curtain will fall on June 29th.  Producers are faulting the shows’ abrupt closing to losing out its Tony nomination to “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Neil Patrick Harris: Ends Hedwig Broadway Run

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Well that was quick!  Not a week after winning a Tony Award for his role in the reprisal of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, star Neil Patrick Harris has announced his imminent departure from the James Cameron Mitchell musical about a tranny, reports state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jake Gyllenhaal: Broadway Debut in Constellations

Jake Gyllenhaal attends The Headstrong Project's Words of War event at the IAC building.

Jake Gyllenhaal attends The Headstrong Project’s Words of War event at the IAC building.

Hotness Jake Gyllenhaal will make his Broadway debut in the hit play by British playwright Nick Payne, reports state.  The 33-year-old big screen sex symbol of such hit films as “Brokeback Mountain,” “Prisoners,” and “End of Watch,” will take on the role of Roland, originated in London by Rafe Spall.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Leighton Meester: Marriage and Broadway

OC alum Adam Brody photographed with a fan donning a wedding band sparks rumors of secret marriage to Leighton Meester

OC alum Adam Brody photographed with a fan donning a wedding band sparks rumors of secret marriage to Leighton Meester

Perusing the news, as we often do each morning over espresso, we stopped at news of the possible secret nuptials between Adam Brody – y’all recall him from The O.C. – and Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ewan McGregor: Broadway Bound

Ewan McGregor is headed for the Broadway Stage in 2014

Ewan McGregor is headed for the Broadway Stage in 2014

Trainspotting alum and all around hotness Ewan McGregor, 42, is set to make his Broadway stage debut in a revival of Tom Stoppards’ “The Real Thing,” reports BBC News.  McGregor will play the role of a married playwright named Henry involved in an affair.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dan Stevens: Broadway Papi

Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens at the stage door of The Heiress in NYC.

Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens at the stage door of The Heiress in NYC.

We have been jonesing for our very own photo of Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.  But every time we have attempted a revisit of the The Heiress stage door we just barely miss him and are left bereft – it just doesn’t seem to go as envisioned.  That is until now.

Don’t get us wrong…  Sure, we are deeply grateful for his Heiress’ costar Jessica Chastain’s amenable disposition and beautiful smile but in the end gays’ will be gay – and Dan Stevens’ sparkling blue eyes is where our heart thaws.  Sorry Jess…

Our thanks to Stevens for extending us the opportunity for some great shots.

Alas, a fellow pap-ster had to go and drop the bomb on a impending twist contained in the 3rd installment of our beloved Downton series.  And after a little Googling, we happened upon further learning of its resounding truth.

We are crushed yet again.

But we will dutifully watch and mourn (again) when the time comes.  Until such time we will regress to complete ignorance and deeply rooted denial.

 

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Jessica Chastain: The Heiress Stage Door

Jessica Chastain flashes us a smile at The Heiress stage door in NYC on January 2, 2012.

Jessica Chastain flashes us a smile at The Heiress stage door in NYC on January 2, 2012.

There aren’t too many people that we come across, on an daily basis, that we couldn’t find something bad to say about.  It’s true – most folks are wretched, self-serving, duplicitous lot…  Get into the entertainment field and, well, that number expands exponentially.  Jessica Chastain, however, happens to be one of the exceptions.  She is just so damn nice we’d likely sprain something attempting to procure some manifested grievance.

Sure she once surfaced a la Bewitched, seemingly out of thin air, across the street from the trailers mind you, while we were visiting the set of the forthcoming film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby which costars dream-boat James McAvoy and Viola Davis – during their Bronx set days – but we ultimately got a two shot after a brief sprint.  And the shots were exclusive!

No harm – exercise greatly appreciated.

We watched Chastain greet awaiting fans outside The Heiress stage door, post a matinee performance, and she took the time to accommodate each and every fans request, all the while chatting about whatever topics they brought up – at times nothing to do with the stage production.  And then she provided awaiting paps with a photo-op before saying her goodnight and disappearing.

And we have to say WOW.

That’s some type of gift right there.  To do so with an earnest interest in the stranger in front of you without that Halle Berry fake ass snarly smile creeping into the condescending ‘why are you talking to me’ facial expression creeping in. One that to Chastain’s credit, well, she could bank a fortune extending a how-to to other celebrities lesser talented, but with bigger egos.

Case and point:  A certain diva presently on The Great White Way goes thru immeasurable lengths to not only avoid photographers hoping to get a photo post her performance in a revival that she is getting horrible reviews for but also fans hoping to have her sign their programs.

Ain’t that some shit?

Well, we won’t dwell too much on the likes of ScarJo the wanna be serious actress’ and further praise Ms. Chastain’s humble disposition.

And don’t you just love the shoes?

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain walk to the set of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in the Bronx.

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain walk to the set of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in the Bronx.

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Katie Holmes: Last of The Dead Accounts Matinee

Katie Holmes makes like its Bring Your Daughter to Work Day with a schrieking Suri Cruise as they head to the stage door of Dead Accounts.

Katie Holmes makes like its Bring Your Daughter to Work Day with a shrieking Suri Cruise as they head to the stage door of Dead Accounts.

Katie Holmes is having a rough time of late – professionally speaking.  Her return to the Broadway stage, in the  Theresa Rebeck drama “Dead Accounts” was universally panned by critics – something that resulted in a kiss of death for the show – and will come to an abrupt end on January 6th.  Way harsh given that it was slated to run for a limited engagement to start with.  Its final curtain will drop on Sunday after only running a reported 27 previews and  a total of 44 performances.

OUCH! Read the rest of this entry »

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Dan Stevens: The Heiress in NYC


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Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens moonlights in The Heiress on The Great White Way.

Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens is the stuff of dirty minded dreams.  This fact is undeniable.  All one must do is look into those blue sparkly eyes of his and moistness surfaces faster than the tide on The Jersey Shore.   And if you don’t believe that statement you are welcomed to stop by & feel our unmentionables.

That Stevens has crossed the pond  for a 16 week limited run starring in The Heiress alongside David Strathairn, Judith Ivey and Jessica Chastain, at the Walter Kerr Theater, made our desire to pull out the Sunday best a no-brainer.  Cuz 16 weeks isn’t a long time and lord knows when he may be back.

We were tickled to experience his prowess live.  Bravo!

But however grand Stevens and his cast mates were there is always a missing link in the otherwise 18k chain.

The honors in this production go to – drum roll please:

Ms. Jessica Chastain.

Chastain, to put it bluntly, was lackluster in the role.  So much so that our neighboring audience member a row behind quipped “she is playing the role as if she has Asperger syndrome,” as the show went into intermission.

Well, that is a bit highbrow of a statement, albeit not without merit.  But we don’t like to rush to assign a disorder to Chastain’s stage prowess.

She was flat in her delivery and appeared to have taken a role beyond her range is all to it really.

Just because you are playing a socially awkward, emotionally challenged character doesn’t mean you have to deliver lines with no vocal intonation.  And the wardrobe department might have tried a bit harder to dress down her elegant shape.

Steven’s and the remainder of the cast more than make up for the lack of delivery by Chastain in our book and if you are an ardent fan of Abbey, as we are, then this should be a must see for you as well.

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Darren Criss: Succeeds on Broadway and Jacks up Tix Prices


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Glee's Darren Criss poses for an underwear pic at what appears to be a frat party

There is no denying that Glee’s Darren Criss is not only a fine piece of talented hotness but popular to boot!  And that comes with having made out with another dude on an internationally viewed prime time show.  That’s pure appeal for you!  So it should be of little surprise that Criss is capitalizing on said appeal and branching out on to the stage.  And it just so happens that there is a role damn near tailor made for his diverse skills just become available!

But as his bout on the Great White Way gets officially under way with a three week run in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – a role he inherited post Daniel Radcliffe’s revival – the nasty side of business goes and throws greed into the equation!

Never think that the suits are far behind, ready to take from you what you didn’t think you wanted to give…

Playbill reports that tix prices for premium seating for the limited three week engagement have been jacked up by $100 per ticket.  And it’s not like prices to a night of live entertainment were cheap to start with…  That is to say that if you were willing to pay the $302 price you will now have to fork out $402 – + ticket process and handling charges, cuz you know that pushing a button to have a machine print out a ticket if hard work.   And don’t even think that comes with any semblance of a “happy ending.”

So it appears as though the lesson here is how to truly succeed in business without having to much to try…  Cast an already on the rise talent and let the fans hock what they don’t have to raise your profit margins!  Et voila…

True that it has also been reported that there will be limited $30 rush tickets offered, but getting your hands on one of those – emphasis on being limited # of em available – could prove more difficult than finding Criss attending a party in your own hometown and drinking enough beer to end up in this here above kitschy ensemble!

But hell if it were to be part of his costume changes on stage (or backstage for that matter) we’d endure the bitter cold snap presently looming over Gotham to either work some oral magic and procure one of those said rush tix, or seriously consider handing over our lunch money for the pleasure of seeing his fine ass in those skivvies while doing what we know he can do so god darn well.

But it ain’t!  So we won’t!

We have little doubt that he will be stellar in the role – award nomination stellar even – but let’s keep it real, it’s about the money, honey.  We will simply catch him on the small screen and pretend that shit was live.

Break a leg Darren!

Curly haired Darren Criss at the Deathly Hallows NYC Premiere

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