As the sun sets on another week of Broadway buzz, we look back on big stars and big news. From Carol Burnett’s texting habits to divas who really know how to plan, we’re spotlighting all the most memorable headlines. Read on below for this week’s educational recap.
Billy Magnussen Is Taking Girlfriend Applications
Attention cougars and ingénues: Billy Magnussen is single “per se” and “taking applications.” The hunky young actor scored his first Tony nomination for playing Spike, the nearly naked boy-toy in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and if you want a chance to get close to those abs, submit an application now. Prospective Magnussen dates should submit a photo, short essay, fitness routine and a non-refundable $50 fee to Broadway.com.
Caissie Levy Gets an Off-Broadway Beating
Cassie Levy is making her off-Broadway debut in the sexy, dangerous new musical Murder Ballad. The Broadway vet told us, “My legs are covered in bruises.” Caissie claims the show is just physically demanding, but we suspect those “lovely geniuses” and “great friends” Audra McDonald and Celia Keenan-Bolger might not be as "cool" as Caissie says they are about her “smooching” their husbands Will Swenson and John Ellison Conlee. If any of those bruises are in the shape of a Tony Award, we know who did it.
Krysta Rodriguez Makes a Comeback
Ever since Smash began its Saturday night death march, we’ve been wondering which of its talented Broadway veterans would be the first to return to the Great White Way following the series cancellation. Well, the mystery is finally solved. Addams Family vet Krysta Rodriguez (Hit List’s Diva) is back to the boards this fall in the romantic musical comedy First Date. See ya, Megan, Jeremy and Christian...We're ready to go steady with Krysta.
Rob McClure Doesn’t Want an Invite to the Jellicle Ball
Rob McClure bravely took on film icon Charlie Chaplin in a big Broadway musical—performing on a high wire, roller-skating and facing the New York critics. So what frightens this first-time Tony nominee? Grizzabella the Glamour Cat. McClure confessed that the long-running Cats was his first Broadway musical, and he remembers “being so scared of them.” Yeah, we were scared of them, too. Who wouldn't be frightened of those two terrifying words: "now" and "forever."
Forever Tango Really Means Forever
Speaking of eternity, it looks like the musical Forever Tango plans to keep up its seductive dance…well, forever. Luis Bravo’s Tony-nominated Latin revue returns to Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre this summer for a 10-week engagement. That's the show's third time on the Great White Way (it was here in 1997 and 2004). Though who can really complain? A rose in the teeth and a slit up to there will be in style now and certainly forever.
Laura Osnes Is a Princess Perfectionist
Cinderella fans aren’t the only ones eagerly awaiting the original Broadway cast recording of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical; the stars are also excited to finally hear their work, though some more than others. Headliner Laura Osnes confessed that she’ll skip ahead and listen to her big solo “In My Own Little Corner” first, “just to make sure it turned out OK.” Oh, Laura. It turns out "OK" eight times a week. Stop fretting and go back to being perfect.
Valisia LeKae Has Diva OCD
Valisia LeKae has scored a Tony nomination for playing one of music’s all-time greatest divas, Diana Ross, in the new musical Motown. And it turns out there are some fashion responsibilities in playing an icon like Miss Ross. But fear not, LeKae and her “Team Supreme” are up to the task; in fact, the actress revealed she plans out her outfits, “two weeks ahead of time.” We're pretty sure this is the key to world domination. Ain’t no mountain high enough!
Annaleigh Ashford Dreams of Fosse & Fellini’s Lovechild
Another leading lady who’s got it all figured out is Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford. The Kinky Boots star told Broadway.com that she dreams of starring as Charity in a Sweet Charity production, “inspired by the Nights of Cabiria; that would be fierce.” First: Yes!! Second: The Bob Fosse conceived musical was inspired by Federico Fellini’s film, so nice research, Annaleigh. Third: Let's get a big spender to fund this, because it needs to happen.
Carol Burnett Texts Other Miss Hannigans
Comedy legend and Annie film star Carol Burnett texts?! Jane Lynch, who just started as Miss Hannigan in Broadway's Annie, revealed that Burnett texted her a congrats after her casting announcement. We are both jealous and amazed by this revelation, but we have a question: What’s the emoticon that captures pulling on one’s ear lobe? (Let us know if you think of one!)
Seth Numrich Has Performance Anxiety
Here's a non-problem: Seth Numrich is playing hustler Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth in London, and he has to seduce Sex and the City vixen Kim Cattrall. “The play is very much about how to use one’s body and the effect that has on other people…so you can imagine my anxiety at doing it in front of 1,000 people a night,” Numrich told us. Yes, Seth. We're imagining. #hot