Another week has come and gone on the Great White Way, and as always, we've scoured the recent crop of headlines to deliver the most important lessons we learned directly to you. As you chow down on Thanksgiving leftovers, feast your eyes on these valuable tidbits!
Reeve Carney is Stirring Up Trouble for Taylor Swift
Reeve Carney may spend his nights saving New York from imminent disaster, but the Spider-Man superhero is turning out to be trouble for a certain music superstar. Carney will appear as Taylor Swift’s edgy love interest in the video for her new single “I Knew You Were Trouble.” From the look of things, his character pressured the star into cutting off her signature curly locks and dying them bright pink! Don’t change yourself for a brooding rocker, Taylor. You never know what web of lies that guy is weaving.
Neil Patrick Harris Is Into Man-On-Puppet Action
With all the dramz going on with Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, we’re a tad nervous to hear Neil Patrick Harris is stepping in and having some raunchy fun with Jim Henson’s puppets. Harris is launching his own web series, Neil’s Puppet Dreams, in which he’ll co-star with the fuzzy creatures. Luckily the series seems to have just the right amount of Avenue Q bawdiness, including a shirtless NPH, go-go boys and David Burtka in mambo arms—consider us tickled. Too soon?
R. Kelly May Come Out of the Closet…and onto a Broadway Stage!
Just when it seems R. Kelly’s bizarre Trapped in the Closet series can’t get any crazier, the R&B singer announced he’s hoping to bring the “hip hopera” to Broadway. As the Grammy winner unleashes the 23rd chapter of the music video series, he revealed he’s been approached to adapt the saga for the stage, and may possibly even star in the musical himself. R. Kelly making his Broadway debut? He'd better make sure guards can contain fans after the show, or he’s going to get trapped at the stage door!
Everybody Wants to Have Sex with Ricky Martin
So you want to live “La Vida Loca” with Evita’s hunky revolutionary Ricky Martin? Take a number. In Broadway.com’s latest Weekend Poll, a whopping 78 percent of voters chose Martin as Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012. Unfortunately, we've got breaking news for all you adoring Martin fans: The former Menudo member and father of twins is planning on marrying his longtime boyfriend in Spain, so you’re out of luck. Lo siento.
Judy Greer Will Yell Beautifully in a Musical Someday
TV and movie scene stealer Judy Greer is finally making her Broadway debut in the new comedy Dead Accounts. She’s currently busy feuding with stage hubby Norbert Leo Butz, but Greer has her sights set on a musical future. “I have this fantasy of being in a musical, but I might be a terrible singer,” Greer admitted, citing her high school chorus teacher’s advice, “When in doubt, sing loud.” It’s OK, Judy. There are plenty of people in this city singing loudly because they can’t sing at all. It’s called karaoke.
Ho Ho Ho! James Corden is Heading to Santa School
James Corden is reuniting with One Man, Two Guvnors writer Richard Bean for the upcoming Christmas movie School for Santas. The Tony-winning British funnyman definitely has the physical features necessary to play Santa. Jolly smile? Check. Big belly? Check. But after grabbing boobs, beating up old men, harassing audience members and his other One Man, Two Guvnors hijinks, Corden is going to have to do plenty of good deeds to get off the naughty list.
Heather Headley Is Relieved The Boyguard Doesn't Require Pole Dancing
Heather Headley is making her grand return to the stage in the West End musical The Bodyguard, but the Tony winner was initially worried how the screen to stage adaptation would play out. “Every page I turned, I was expecting the next page to be a mess,” Headley revealed, fearing her character was eventually “going to do a pole dance.” Heather remains earthbound, but watch out, girl: You’re going to need that bodyguard when the Rock of Ages ladies hear you’re dissing musicals with stripper poles.
Leslie Kritzer Runs a Coffee Shop Out of Her Dressing Room
If being a big-time Broadway actress doesn’t work out for Leslie Kritzer, the Elf star has the skills to try her luck as a barista. Kritzer’s bright red Keurig coffee maker has made her dressing room the most happening place to be at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. With Buddy the Elf being such a big fan of sugary drinks, Kritzer is getting a lot of practice concocting Christmas cappuccinos. A hot cup of java from the one and only Jovie? That sure beats a Starbucks gift card.
Danny Burstein and Stephen Sondheim Are Winos
While most college freshman down cheap booze out of red, plastic cups, Golden Boy’s Danny Burstein spent his freshman year sipping vino with one of the world’s most accomplished composers. While performing in a college production of Merrily We Roll Along, Burstein reached out to Stephen Sondheim for advice, and much to his surprise, was invited over to the master's townhouse to talk shop over white wine. The two have now worked on three shows together and are "amazing" friends. See, kids, drinking in college can totally get you far in life!
Corey Cott Throws the Best Slumber Party, Like, Ever!
Corey Cott, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and the rest of Newsies team make for the perfect travel companions as evidenced by their home video from a recent trek to Los Angeles. Crazy-long layover at the airport? No problem, they’ll put together a spectacular dance number in the terminal! Staying in a rundown, dingy motel? Don’t sweat it. The boys will raise sprits with a silly pillow fight! Now, how does one go about booking that honeymoon suite with Corey? Concierge!