Yeah, the world might be focused on James Bond and General Petraeus mixing business and pleasure, but let's get to the really important stuff and look at the 10 lessons learned this week on Broadway. From Henry Winkler to Kathie Lee Gifford, the stars had a lot to teach us in the last seven days.
Paul Rudd Is So Sexy He Makes People Vomit
Paul Rudd, who just made the shortlist for People magazine’s sexiest man alive issue, is making at least one theater fan sick. A Grace theatergoer, who was reportedly sloshed, vomited from the balcony this week. “Being able to move people to tears or to laughter is amazing—but moving them to puking is a whole different league,” Rudd told the crowd. We didn’t think it could get much worse than having a cellphone go off in the middle of a play, but clearly we weren't thinking, or drinking, hard enough.
Kathie Lee Gifford Proves She Can Step In for Her Star Anytime
Broadway fave Carolee Carmello gives a tour de force performance—and never leaves the stage—in the new musical Scandalous, but even the most seasoned star sometimes needs a break. When Carmello needed vocal rest prior to opening, we immediately thought co-creator Kathie Lee Gifford should step into the leading role. She obviously knows the score and proved it to us in our Behind the Music video. Let’s just hope that Gifford can handle the weight of an entire show better than she can carry a puppy.
Debra Who? Will Chase Is Actually in Love with Christian Borle
We’re devastated over the sure-to-be imminent break-up of real-life couple and Smash co-stars Will Chase and Debra Messing. Chase opened up to Broadway.com about falling head-over-heels for Christian Borle. “I can do anything because we’re in love,” Chase said about his clandestine lover. Inevitably, Messing will go running into arms of her best gay friend, Will Truman. They’ll move in together, hang out with a flamboyant actor and a flighty alcoholic and all will be right with the world again.
Anne Hathaway Willingly Eats Dried Oatmeal Paste
If your cat gorged on microwave oatmeal in the morning and then immediately yacked it up, you'd find a puddle of dried oatmeal paste on the kitchen floor when you came home from work. That's what Anne Hathaway ate for two weeks. “I had to be obsessive about it— the idea was to look near death,” said Hathaway about her grueling regimen to lose weight for her role as Fantine in the Les Miz movie. Hey, Anne, why not just barf like that guy in the Grace balcony? Same results, more or less.
Danny DeVito & Rhea Perlman Don’t Know What Divorce Means
We’re a bunch of old softies around here, and the demise of a longtime couple hits us as hard as the next fangirl. (RIP Justin and Selena!) But Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman seemed to be confused by how a divorce actually works. The couple recently announced they were separating after 30 years of marriage, but that hasn’t stopped them from traipsing around town and seeing a Broadway show together. They even posed backstage after the performance. Imagine if TomKat or Brad and Jen did this? Mayhem.
Henry Winkler Thinks Homophobes Are ‘Insane’
The Performers’ Henry Winkler took a break from watching his favorite porn flick, Sarah, Your Legs Look Great Over Your Head, to tell us he questions the mental health of those who are “threatened by” and want to use therapy to “psychologically change” gay people. Fortunately, if anyone tries to start a beef with Winkler, he can sic his co-star Cheyenne Jackson, who “absorbed the muscle mass of 18 men,” on them. Jackson laying waste to a bunch of dudes? Hot.
Contacts Lenses Do All the Acting Work in Twilight
“The performances in Twilight are all Oscar-worthy,” said no one. Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Spelling Bee alum Lisa Howard confesses that the wigs and red contacts lenses do the heavy lifting and “most of the characterization work” when it comes to pulling off a believably creepy vampire. So that’s the secret behind the Streep-like acting of the sparkly vampires, vapid girls and shirtless werewolves. Now we know.
Cheyenne Jackson & Ari Graynor Like to Have Dildo Fights
We’ve all had lovers like The Performers: Oozing with vitality and hotness when we first meet them, doing their darndest to satisfy us and then finishing before it’s time. Sigh. The farce is closing November 18 after only seven regular performances, but like with those disappointing love affairs, it’s best to remember the good times. Cheyenne Jackson and Ari Graynor’s porn version of a pillow fight (a.k.a. dildos whizzing through the air) is just one of our fond memories. And though it was fun, they couldn’t keep it up. Double sigh.
Andy Karl Strips Down for Drood Cougar Chita Rivera
In Broadway’s revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, audiences vote to decide characters’ fates in the whodunit. One of the funniest outcomes involves Chita Rivera’s Princess Puffer and Andy Karl’s Neville Landless being secret lovers. “I strip off my clothes a little to get the audience’s vote,” confessed Karl. In our Weekend Poll, we’re asking fans who they think Broadway’s sexiest man alive is, but we already know who Rivera is purring over. Rawr!.
Kelli O’Hara's Pals Reveal the Scandal Behind the Smile
Ambition. Fame. Hoarding...Nobody had a more promising career than Nice Work If You Can Get It star Kelli O'Hara. Sadly, the golden-voiced beauty threw it all away when she punched a kitten and killed a hobo with her car. The actress' loved ones sat down to dish the dirt on Broadway's sweetheart and her downward spiral. Really, Kelli? Pooping in a Taco Bell?! Stealing your son's Halloween candy?! What a sad story.