The lights are always bright on the Great White Way, and with all the illuminating lessons from the last seven days, life couldn’t be brighter. From Gavin Creel’s hands-on approach to fans to Paul Nolan’s willingness to take it all off, read on to find out all of this week’s Broadway revelations.
You Are Never Too Old to Play Juliet
Shakespeare’s Juliet may have only been 13 years old, but don’t tell that to Meryl Streep. The three-time Oscar winner and Tony nominee will play Juliet opposite frequent co-star Kevin Kline's Romeo in a one-night-only reading of the tragic love story as part of the 50th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park. If anyone can pull off playing a starcrossed teen lover at the age of 62, it's the world's most celebrated actress. The Iron Lady as the fair Capulet? Bring it on!
Paul Nolan Would Sing for You Naked
Playing the Messiah eight times a week on the Great White Way can get to be a little heavy, but Jesus Christ Superstar star Paul Nolan is just itching to lighten things up. “It’s the best costume I’ve ever worn because nothing restricts me,” he said of his Jesus robes. “It’s like getting to sing naked! Although, I don’t know if I would want to sing naked in front of an audience. That might be a little awkward…for them.” Awkward, shmawkward. We barely blushed at Naked Boys Singing.
David Copperfield Believes in the Magic of Ghost
With more awards than any magician in history, David Copperfield can make everything from a jumbo jet to the Stature of Liberty disappear, but the grand illusionist was happy to appear for a performance of new Broadway musical Ghost. Thrilled after watching the supernatural love story, Copperfield gave his pal, illusion designer Paul Kieve, two thumbs up. Now if he could only make the dust in Caissie Levy’s dressing room disappear.
Fatherhood Means Less Condoms for James Corden
Things have definitely changed for One Man, Two Guvnors star James Corden since last appearing on Broadway in 2006's The History Boys: he became a popular TV star in the U.K., he got married and he had his first child. “I'm going through a lot less condoms," the actor told us about how he's different now. "That's the truth, but at least we were being safe, right?” We're all for safe sex, but it seems no one is safe from TMI.
Move Over Annie, Matilda Is Theater’s Newest It Girl
There's a new Broadway revival of Annie in the works, but across the pond another little girl is making waves. Broadway-bound musical Matilda scored big at the 2012 Olivier Awards, taking home seven trophies including Best New Musical and four trophies for the children alternating in the title role. Looks like the pigtail set will be ruling the Great White Way before long. Girl power!
Judy Kaye Has Psychic Powers
If Tony winner Judy Kaye ever gives up on her acting career, she might have a future reading palms. When the Nice Work If You Can Get star had the chance to work with virtual unknown actor Kevin Kline in On the Twentieth Century in 1978, she knew she "was in the presence of greatness." Kaye explains her intuition this way, "I went up to Kevin on the first day of rehearsal and said, 'You’ve heard it here first: You are going to win a Tony Award for this part.'" With ESP like that, who needs acting? We want a date with you at the track, Judy.
Michael Cerveris Wants to Put On a Glittery Bustier
He may play a king of sorts as Juan Peron, president of Argentina, in Evita, but Michael Cerveris would love to be a total queen again. “I would love to play [transsexual punk rocker] Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch again,” the Tony winner told Broadway.com. “I had the most pure, unadulterated fun in that show, and it drew on everything I had, physically and emotionally.” Michael that’s an itch we’d love to see you scratch.
Will Swenson’s Fiancée Audra McDonald Has 'Bridezilla' Tendencies
Who wears the pants in the relationship between Priscilla Queen of the Desert star Will Swenson and his lady love, Audra McDonald, star of Porgy and Bess? Hard to say, but our money is on the four-time Tony-winning leading lady. When asked if his future wife is going into Bridezilla-mode while planning their upcoming wedding he responded, “Maybe a little bit. She likes planning things. She’ll definitely have the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted.” Hey Audra, as long as you put a check next to our names on the guest list, we’re all good!
Eric McCormack Is the Best Man For Argentina
In The Best Man, Eric McCormack's character is all-consumed with political aspirations to be President of the United States, but the actor has always had aspirations to play the President of Argentina. "I love doing musicals and my dream one would be Evita," McCormack told Broadway.com. "To play Che... that was always my dream." Eric, we would cast a ballot in that box, but let's let Ricky Martin shake his bon-bon on Broadway a little while longer OK?
Gavin Creel Will Put Out for Fans
Two-time Tony nominee Gavin Creel is “very excited” to have a landed the role of Elder Price in the upcoming national tour of The Book of Mormon. While his character in the Tony-winning musical may be holier than thou, Creel is willing to get downright dirty to make sure every last theater seat is full. “Fans should follow me across the country and stalk me because I will put out,” Creel told Broadway.com. “I will make out with every single one of them!” We're gassing up the RV right now, Gavin. See you soon!