It’s a New Year but Broadway is still up to the same old shenanigans. This week, we received gifts that keep on giving like Stephanie J. Block’s criminal past, Chenoweth’s dark side unveiled and a glimpse into the awww-inducing romance of Matt Doyle and Ryan Steele. Read on to see what we’ve learned so far in 2013.
Aaron Tveit's Perfect Smile Almost Cost Him a Role in Les Miz
Aaron Tveit has a smile that makes fans melt, but one person it apparently did not impress was Les Miserables Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper. Tveit relayed on the premiere episode of Show People that they used paint to darken his teeth for the film. “My big white teeth were not going to fly," he said. "They dirtied them up every day.” The takeaway: Aaron Tveit is too good-looking to be a movie star. #BroadwayDoesn'tMindYourGoodLooks
Matt Doyle and Ryan Steele Are Totally That Couple
If Broadway had a 2012 Yearbook, The Book of Mormon star Matt Doyle and Newsies standout Ryan Steele would get our vote for class couple. The two young stars both gushed to Broadway.com that falling in love ranked as the highlight for each of them in 2012. Aw! Look for this adorable duo passing notes in Shubert Alley, carving their initials under marquees and making everyone insanely envious.
Anne Hathaway Killed Tom Edden’s Les Miz Dreams
Anne Hathaway’s Oscar bid is quickly becoming tabloid fare: bizarre dieting, a wardrobe malfunction and now backstabbing a Tony nominee. London's One Man, Two Guvnors star Tom Edden explained, “I was playing Fantine in the movie of Les Miz; Anne Hathaway pulled some strings and I got kicked out. Hugh Jackman is furious.” Well, Tom, we are furious, too! We would love to have heard your "I Dreamed a Dream," especially while carrying a stack of plates.
Ed Asner Can't Hack It in New York
He may be legendary for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Lou Grant, but like many other New Yorkers, Ed Asner is having trouble paying his rent. The Grace star told Broadway.com, “If I am lucky enough to return to Broadway, I hope sufficient wages are part of the package so I don't go broke while living in New York!” On the bright side, Asner is still open to coming back to the Great White Way despite his crummy salary and puking audience members.
Denzel Washington May Be Broadway’s Next P. Diddy
Tony winner Denzel Washington is about to bust his aviator sunglasses and follow in the footsteps of music mogul P. Diddy as Broadway’s next Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. Washington is apparently eyeing a return to the Great White Way in a 2014 mounting of the Lorraine Hansberry’s classic. The last revival starred Diddy (Sean Combs) in the juicy role of Walter. To get into character Denzel, may we suggest a repeat listening to Diddy’s “Mo Money, Mo Problems.”
Sierra Boggess Will Never Play Fanny Brice
Phantom of the Opera star Sierra Boggess is a Barbra Streisand fanatic and she doesn’t care who knows it (“I’m obsessed,” she confessed). Naturally, Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek asked if theater fans could ever expect her to take on Streisand’s iconic Funny Girl role Fanny Brice. Boggess quickly rebuffed him and said, “I couldn’t ever take on any Barbra Streisand role because I would give you every single exact thing that she has done.” So sadly, Broadway audiences will never see Boggess in Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, A Star is Born or the (we're just dreaming here) musical adaptation of The Main Event.
David Harbour Has Virginia Woolf PTSD
That random guy bolting up the aisle seconds before Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? began may have been Glengarry Glen Ross and Newsroom star David Harbour. Turns out Harbour, who received a Tony nomination for his work in the 2005 revival of the Edward Albee classic, had a physical reaction when he attempted to attend the current Broadway production. “I just sort of freaked out,” he told us. “I had a visceral reaction: ‘I can’t go back; I can’t sit in this living room again and watch them tear each other apart.’” Coincidentally, we had that same reaction heading home for the holidays.
Erin Dilly Is Nicer Than Kristin Chenoweth & Anne L. Nathan
Is our adorable Kristin Chenoweth really the Regina George of Broadway divas?! Cheno’s BFF Erin Dilly dished, “[Chenoweth and Once’s Anne L. Nathan] always tease me because I’m the mushy-gushy one who will never say anything bad about anybody, and they’re the caustic, sarcastic ones who try to woo me to the dark side.” Stay strong, Erin! And whatever you do, don’t let them pressure you into writing in The Burn Book.
Dan Stevens is a Grinch
The Heiress star Dan Stevens has no respect for Christmas. How else can you explain him ruining the holidays for Downton Abbey fans the world over? Just one day after Christmas, Stevens (who plays the dashing Matthew Crawley on the acclaimed series) announced that he would not be returning for the show’s fourth season. No official word on why Stevens is leaving, but rumor is his romance with the Dowager Countess did not end well...
Stephanie J. Block Has a Rap Sheet
Oh, she may look sweet, but Edwin Drood star Stephanie J. Block is a hardened criminal. Block opened up about her time in the clink to Susan Blackwell in her hysterical Side by Side interview. “I have an FBI file,” Block admitted. “I tried to go on a plane with a stun gun. Handcuffed. Stuck in prison...federal offense.” Block claimed she needed the weapon to ward off her “Disneyland stalker,” but when reached for comment, Goofy claimed SJB was the Fatal Attraction-style culprit. Poor Thumper. We'll miss that rabbit.