Another week has come and gone on Broadway, with plenty of headlines worth revisiting. Casting for the Les Miserables movie just keeps getting better and a few Broadway stars were glad to showcase some crude comedic pranks. Take a look at the newest batch of lessons below!
Kristin Chenoweth Is Bootylicious
We make think of Tony winner turned country musician Kristin Chenoweth as more cute than curvy, but the pint-sized singer proved she has a figure that could make even a Kardashian jealous at this week’s American Country Awards. Serving as co-host of the event opposite Trace Adkins, Chenoweth hilariously sported a faux big booty to sing Adkins' hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.” Lookin' good, Kristin! Any plans to record your own version of the song? How about “Broadway Badonkadonk!”
The Les Miserables Movie Has a New "Master of the House"
There’s been plenty of buzz about the upcoming Les Miserables movie musical adaptation, with Broadway hunks like Hugh Jackman and newly cast Aaron Tveit signed on to the film. While Oscar and Tony winner Geoffrey Rush was reportedly tapped to take on the role of seedy inn keeper Monsieur Thenardier, a surprise announcement came that Borat himself, Sacha Baron Cohen, will now play the part opposite Helena Bonham Carter as his wife. Wondering if Cohen can hit the comedic (and musical) high notes? Well, he did just fine in the Sweeney Todd film. High five...we like!
Lady Gaga Might Have Stolen Annaleigh Ashford's Club Look
Was Lady Gaga inspired by Annaleigh Ashford’s look? The Rent star used to have an outrageous alter ego called Hollywood Starr and was a go-go dancer with DJ Lady Starlight, who now works with Gaga. During those days, Ashford would wear “vintage underwear as [an] outfit” and eventually crossed paths with the pop diva formerly known as Stephanie Germanotta. While Ashford packed up her undies and went legit, Lady Gaga amped up ther look (think meat dress and more) and the rest is history.
On a Clear Day’s Jessie Mueller Is a "Super Freak"
She’s a very kinky girl, the kind you don’t take home to momma… At least that’s what Harry Connick Jr. inferred about his On a Clear Day You Can See Forever co-star Jessie Mueller when, during a visit to The Today Show, he called the rising star a “super freak.” Mueller talked to Broadway.com about the humorous shout-out and said, “All my friends have been writing ‘super freak’ on my [Facebook] wall. If anybody is going to call me a super freak, I’m glad it’s [Connick].” So you don’t deny it, Jessie?!
Smash Musical Marilyn Could Head to Broadway
The Broadway-centric NBC series Smash is gearing up for its February 6 premiere and should the show become a hit, its creative team would have no problem transferring Marilyn (the musical within the TV show) to Broadway. “It could [be adapted for the stage],” said composer Marc Shaiman. “It would need reshaping, because what we’re writing for the TV show is very specific to each episode…so if the [Broadway] show was only about Marilyn Monroe, we would have to fine-tune it.” Fine tune away, Marc!
Rob Bartlett Urinates on Ben Brantley
To say that actors and critics have a strained relationship is putting it mildly, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’s resident funnyman Rob Bartlett is unafraid to air his feelings about the topic. On a recent tour of his dressing room at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Bartlett showed off some of his favorite things, including a urinal cake featuring the face of The New York Times chief theater critic Ben Brantley. Target practice as revenge? Gross!
Cagney & Lacey’s Sharon Gless Feels Sexy at Any Age
Sharon Gless first pitched the steamy West End play Round Heeled Woman as a TV show but noted, “the response was the usual: ‘Older woman having sex? Eww!’” London audiences, however, don’t seem to mind some AARP action as the 68 year-old actress revealed, “People don’t think that way here, where Judi Dench, Julie Walters, Helen Mirren—all these wonderful older actresses are still highly sexualized. In America, ageism is a huge problem.” And they have their original faces! Let's hop across the pond now—after all, who doesn't find Judi Dench sexy?
Porgy and Bess Will Not Be Rapping on Broadway
Porgy and Bess is nearing its highly anticipated Broadway bow, and while changes to the classic source material have been made for the new production, book writer Suzan-Lori Parks notes audiences shouldn’t expect anything too drastic. “A lot of people think, ‘Oh my God, they’re going to make it into hip hop,’” she said during a recent rehearsal. “Hip hop is great, but this is the Gershwins!” That’s too bad, we bet Norm Lewis could spit out a mean “Yo, yo, yo, welcome to Catfish Row.”
Hugh Dancy Became an Actor to Pick Up Chicks
Charming British actor Hugh Dancy, currently steaming up the stage with Nina Arianda in Venus in Fur, admitted to Broadway.com that one of the reasons he got into acting was to meet ladies. Dancy attended an all-boys boarding school, and plays were one of the few opportunities he had to mingle with the fairer sex. “Forget hormones or dating,” he said. “It was just nice to be in the company of females.” Dancy went on to marry attractive film and TV star Claire Danes, so his 13 year old self is definitely saying “mission accomplished!”
Aaron Carter Is Keeping an Eye Out For Justin Bieber
Aaron Carter has matured from tween pop star to leading man in off-Broadway’s The Fantasticks, but he still likes to keep his eye on today’s young musicians, noting he’s a fan of Justin Bieber and up-and-comer Cody Simpson. “I’m into all the entertainers like that, especially the blond, goldilocks boys, since I was the first one of that kind to come out, really,” Carter said. “I know what it’s like to come into the industry, and it was difficult.” If anyone knows the importance of having a concerned older brother figure in the industry, it's Aaron.