The weekend is here and you know what that means: it's time for another round of Broadway.com's lessons of the week! Take a look below to for a recap of the busy happenings of this holiday week and the insights they had to offer.
Andrew Garfield Makes Broadway's Spidey Proud
Summer blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man has hit movie theaters and Broadway’s webslinger Reeve Carney is feeling pretty inspired by his onscreen counterpart. “Andrew Garfield's addition to the Spider-Man family makes me even more proud to put on the suit and fly around every night here at the Foxwoods Theatre,” said Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark star Carney, who is already planning a third viewing of the film. “Probably next time in 3D/IMAX!" IMAX and 3D? We hope you get a Spidey discount.
Sutton Foster and Her Bunheads Character Lead Parallel Lives
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, who has decamped to Los Angeles to be a big TV star, has a lot in common with her Bunheads character. “She’s starting over, figuring out a new way of life,” Foster said of the similarities between herself and character Michelle Simms, both recent transplants to the Golden State. An upside to this new way of life: Unlike being on Broadway (or in Michelle’s case, Vegas) Foster's new schedule includes weekends off! Hey Sutton, we’re free for brunch any time you want. Just FYI.
Broadway Soprano Rebecca Luker Rocks
Rebecca Luker, known for her sweet-as-sugar roles in Broadway shows like The Music Man, The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, recently told Broadway.com that her favorite track to work out to is "Killing in the Name Of" by Rage Against the Machine. “Surprised?” she added to her answer. That Marion the Librarian listens to some intense rock music? By a band whose most famous album cover features a monk on fire? Surprised? Yes.
Arnie Burton’s Diet Needs Work
Before going on stage every night in Peter and the Starcatcher, Arnie Burton enjoys a super healthy pre-show snack of Diet Coke and whatever candy is in his refrigerator. When Burton admitted this in a recent Broadway.com tour of his dressing room, that candy happened to be Reese’s Pieces, but it sounds like anything chocolate-y will do. Arnie, we can't help but think that Mrs. Bumbrake would be horrified. Have some tea, dear.
Once Warms Up With Lobby Yoga
If the cast of Once had their way, the lobby of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre might be converted into a yoga studio. Broadway.com photographer Jenny Anderson stopped by to document a day in the life of the Tony-winning show, and it turns out a couple of cast members like to roll out mats there for a little pre-show warm-up. Seeing as it's July in New York, here's hoping they're cranking that theater A/C well before showtime. Unless they're really into Bikram.
Don't Mention S-E-X to Jackie Hoffman
It’s a safe bet that Jackie Hoffman’s upcoming concerts at 54 Below won’t have any sappy songs. When Broadway.com asked about her favorite love song, Hoffman answered, “Ecccchhh.” How about a song that makes her feel sexy? Answer: “Eeeeewwwwww.” Who knew Jackie Hoffman could play both Grandma and a 12-year-old boy? That’s versatility.
The Book of Mormon Has a Haunted House
The Book of Mormon’s Rory O’Malley kicked off his Broadway.com video blog this week, and among the many backstage secrets he shared was a real life ghost story! Mormon doorman Dmitri Ponomarev told a story of seeing a floating fedora in the house one night years ago, then said that a co-worker recently—knowing nothing of the other story!—reported seeing a spectral figure wearing a fedora. Consider us creeped out! But never fear, it won't keep us (and circa one zillion other people) from seeing the show.
Oliver Chris Has Simple Tastes
It doesn't take much to keep One Man, Two Guvnors star Oliver Chris happy. According to a recent interview with Broadway.com, his life is “Consumed with acting, booze and girls. It’s a real mess.” Really? Call us crazy, but those obsessions don’t sound so messy. Acting: He’s in a hit Broadway show. Girls: He’s in the throes of “teenage Dawson’s Creek, lovesick pining.” Booze: Well...Sorry, Oli. We can’t help you there. Cheers, mate!
The Sound of Music Brings Back Broadway Basics
Theater fans know that nothing compares to the thrill of a live performance, and now Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are bringing that special something back to onscreen musicals. They're going to stage a full Broadway version of The Sound of Music live on NBC! And when they say live, they mean live. "All of the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings," Zadan said in a statement. Finally! The airwaves will be alive with the sound of (real, un-autotuned, not-scarily-overproduced) music! Our DVRs are set.
Idina Menzel Doesn't Do Dancing Boys
There’s only one way Idina Menzel will ever bring on the dancing boys in her concerts, and that’s if she’s spoofing fellow divas Liza Minnelli and Beyonce. “I will not have dancers because it’s just not me,” Menzel told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. “Everyone from Liza [Minnelli] to Beyonce has dancers, so maybe I’ll do it one day, but I’ll have to do it as a spoof." So what’ll it be? Idina with a D? I Am…Idina Fierce? The possibilities are endless.