As we wrap up another steamy summer week on the Great White Way, Broadway.com is ready to revisit the top stories of the last seven days. From Hollywood mega-stars coming back to the stage to some random secrets of the Les Miz film, it’s been a lot to keep up with. Read on to find out what made this week’s top 10 lessons.
Katie Holmes Bounces Back with Broadway Return
How does one move on from a (very, very) high-profile divorce? If you’re Katie Holmes, you go back to Broadway. The star, whose recent split with Tom Cruise is the stuff that tabloid editor dreams are made of, is set to star in Theresa Rebeck’s new play Dead Accounts. The new fall show doesn't have dates confirmed yet, and let's just hope opening night isn't September 6. Suri has Fashion Week plans.
Aaron Tveit’s Locks Unlocked Les Miz
Broadway vet Aaron Tveit had a secret weapon when it came to discovering his character, student revolutionary Enjolras, in the upcoming Les Miserables film: A truly awesome wig. “It was very transformative!” he told Broadway.com with a laugh. “The wig is an important part of the costume, and it put me right in the period.” Flowing wig in Les Miserables, pilot uniform in Catch Me If You Can, tighty whities in Next to Normal? Whatever. We'll take it!
Raven-Symoné Loves Martha Stewart Unconditionally
After Raven-Symoné revealed her contribution to a recent Sister Act potluck—made of brie, bacon and like five other delicious things—it was no surprise she named Martha Stewart as one of her heroes in her recent Broadway.com Ask a Star. “Martha Stewart, pre and after,” Raven added, giving our camera a knowing look. We assume she was referring to Stewart’s, ahem, legal troubles. Aw, Raven! Do you still love Stewart because you’re around all those nuns? We hear they’re all about forgiveness.
Audra McDonald Wants to Play the Black Martha Stewart
Porgy and Bess star Audra McDonald can do a lot of things but cooking isn't one of them. On The Chew, the five-time Tony winner said that the only thing she can cook is eggs because she had to make them on stage in A Raisin in the Sun. So to raise her culinary prowess, she needs another role that makes her cook. “The black Martha Stewart or something,” McDonald suggested. Go for it, Audra! You've got Raven's Tony vote already.
Jeremy Jordan Sexifies Smash
Newsies star Jeremy Jordan is joining the season two cast of Smash, and he’s apparently been given a very specific task. “I think I’m bringing a young male energy to it,” Jordan told Broadway.com.“They wanted sexy energy—at least that’s what they told me.” Sexy energy? How ever will Jeremy Jordan manage that?
Christian Bale Still Doesn’t Care About Newsies
Newsies film star Christian Bale still can’t be bothered with the Broadway show, even though it’s a big fat hit. “I’m incredibly happy for them. They’re having the success our movie never had,” he said in an interview, before adding, “I’m not really into musicals. But I wish them the best. I’m sure the person playing the character I played exceeded whatever I did, and congratulations to them.” Hello, Christian? His name is Jeremy Jordan...and he's about to sexify Smash.
Pushing Daisies Could Find New Life on Broadway
Fans of the TV show Pushing Daisies were thrilled to hear creator Bryan Fuller imply (albeit craftily) that it might be revived on stage. “Perhaps!” Fuller sidestepped, when asked directly about a Broadway version. “We’re working on something that is definitely a Pushing Daisies revival, and the idea would be to have as many cast [members] as we can to participate in it.” FYI, those cast members include Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Pace, Ellen Greene and Swoosie Kurtz, to name a few. Come on, Broadway purists, just try and argue with that street cred.
John Lloyd Young Could Kick Your Ass
Tony winner John Lloyd Young is back in Jersey Boys after a five-year absence. In the meantime, he’s been getting his brown belt in kung fu (among many other activities) and was more than willing to demonstrate his skills for host Paul Wontorek on Show People. After quickly disabling Wontorek as an attacker, he showed him how he would—if necessary!—break an elbow. Good thing: Jersey can get rough.
John Stamos Will Always Be Uncle Jesse in Our Hearts
He is playing an ambitious senator in Broadway’s The Best Man, but for Full House fans John Stamos will always be Jesse Katsopolis. Broadway.com readers picked Uncle Jesse as their favorite Stamos role with a whopping 55% of the vote. Everywhere you look, John, there’s a face of somebody who needs you…to reunite Jesse and the Rippers.
Lea Michele Dreams of Darren Criss Duets
When cast members of Glee descended on pop culture mega-convention Comic-Con recently, star Lea Michele revealed one of her musical dreams: to duet in a Los Angeles cabaret act with co-star Darren Criss. That sound you just heard? That was one million Glee-loving hearts bursting with joy. Don’t worry Cory; we’re sure Lea wants to make beautiful music with you, too.