As we prepare to say adios to another week on the Great White Way, we're looking back at some of the headlines that really grabbed our attention this week. From Matt Lauria finding love at the airport to Kristin Chenoweth loving the sound of her own voice, this week was full of zany teachable moments. Read on below to get schooled.
Cinderella Stars Have a Serious Shoe Fetish
The cast of Cinderella is determined to remind us that glass slippers are so back. So back, in fact, that when Ann Harada’s Charlotte tosses her slipper offstage during the "Stepsister’s Lament" number, Santino Fontana tries to catch the flying footwear at every performance. They even keep a scoreboard. Point for being the cutest cast ever.
Alan Cumming Demands Vodka in His Dressing Room
Macbeth star Alan Cumming is giving us full disclosure in his vlog, including what he demands in his dressing room when he does a concert with Liza Minnelli at Town Hall. For the most part, his rider is pretty run of the mill: hummus, nuts, a vegan sandwich and water. But the Tony winner also requires a bottle of Ketel One vodka. Shakespeare did say that alcohol "provokes desire," and we desire Cumming always be in full-out diva mode!
Chipotle Is Bountiful with One Broadway Cast
If you really want to meet some of your favorite stars of the stage and screen, all you have to do is head to a Chipotle in Times Square. Tony nominee Condola Rashad dished that she and her Trip to Bountiful co-stars Vanessa Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Cicely Tyson frequent the popular Mexican chain. Thanks, Condola! Now we're totally going to keep our eyes open in that long-ass line instead of quietly counting the calories in a quesorito.
Airport Hookups Can Lead to Happily Ever After
Have you ever had one of those experiences where you’re at the airport, you meet a gorgeous person, and it’s love at first sight? Yeah, neither have we. But hunky Really Really star Matt Lauria told us that his greatest accomplishment in life was marrying his “beautiful, talented and extraordinary” wife Michelle, whom he met at the Denver airport. "I made sure I hit on her and the rest is history," Lauria said. Excuse us while we go cruise LaGuardia.
Glee Will Get Another Mother-Daughter Duet
Idina Menzel is clearly on a mission to make our Rent-Wicked-Glee-crazy-obsessive-hearts explode. First, we found out the Tony winner is coming back to Broadway, and then Glee star Lea Michele tweeted this week that Menzel will return to the hit show. "I spy @idinamenzel at #Glee today! So excited to have my mama back," Michele wrote. Divas, our DVRs are ready!
Ann Is a Power Magnet
Holland Taylor, who is starring on Broadway as the late Gov. Ann Richards, got a thrill this week when Bill Clinton, who figures prominently in her solo show Ann, dropped in for a visit—and he wasn’t alone. The former President was joined by his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, her husband Mark Kelly and last (but certainly not less famous) Oscar winner Meryl Streep. Who knew an audience could steal a show?
Billie Joe Armstrong Wants to Rock Shakespeare
The Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing seems to be much ado about everything lately. Joss Whedon premiered his film adaptation of the comedy at SXSW this week, and now Green Day’s Bille Joe Armstrong wants to turn it into a rock musical. The American Idiot creator is composing songs for These Paper Bullets, a new take on the classic play. Looks like Benedick and Beatrice are headed for a 21st century breakdown.
Your Saturday Nights Now Include Smash
Smash and Karen Cartwright have been sent packing. The musical drama will finish its struggling sophomore season on Saturday nights, beginning April 6. The silver lining? Fans will, at least, be able to see how it all plays out since NBC promised to air all 17 episodes. As for Katharine McPhee’s much-maligned character Karen? Well, Broadway.com readers decided that she should just go home to Iowa. Jeez, guys, so much for letting her be your star.
Rita Doesn’t Care if You Like Her Better Than Chita
Nobody really knows why showbiz bullshitters like to create sham rivalries between some of our favorite performers. But EGOT winner Rita Moreno has no interest in entertaining the alleged conflict between her and West Side Story’s other famous Anita, Tony winner Chita Rivera. Moreno told us she thinks the whole idea is "very mean." Mess around with Rita and Chita at your own peril. We’re sure both could kick your ass.
Kristin Chenoweth Is "Popular" on Her Own iPod
Naturally, if you looked at the "most played" songs on any of our iPods, you’d see a slew of songs sung by Kristin Chenoweth. But, apparently, the same goes for Cheno herself! In a promo video for the upcoming broadcast of her show Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway… All of ‘Em!, the Tony winner revealed that the last music she listened to was her own. If we were a coloratura soprano who could also belt a Broadway hit and twang a honky-tonk tune, we'd never listen to anyone else. You go, Kristin!