As Broadway says so long, farewell to another week on the boards, we look back on the lessons we’ve learned about love, life and musical theater trends. This week, we got a peek at First Date star Sara Chase’s love life, Orlando Bloom’s relationship with mom and what Hollywood is looking for in its next big star. Relive these headlines and more below.
Hos Need Merch, Too
Everyone has someone in there life that is just impossible to shop for. Maybe it's your fussy mother-in-law or a co-worker you barely know…or maybe it's your friend who's a big ole ho! But fear not because The Phantom of the Opera has merch for that good time gal. The show’s former leading lady Sierra Boggess filled us in about the “bustiers with little Phantom masks on them” sold at the merchandise booth, an article of clothing Phantom’s director Hal Prince told her was “for the ho in your life.” So, this is totally something Meg Giry owns, right?
Patrick Wilson Is a Tease
Two-time Tony nominee Patrick Wilson is such a tease! We know what you’re thinking: “A tease?! But he gave it up to Hannah Horvath the first day he met her and bared all in The Full Monty!” True, but this week, when talking about returning to the Broadway stage, Wilson gave us no real information beyond saying it'd happen in “spring of 2014.” Do you know how many sleepless nights we’ve spent since that interview dream-casting him in everything and anything this spring? Not cool, Patrick. Not cool.
Sara Chase Might Be a D-Bag Magnet
The adorable First Date maybe Sara Chase's first Broadway show, but she's definitely not a newcomer when it comes to her own first dates. In our new series First Date Flirts, Chase tells us about her laundry list of first date red flags (including criminal records, mommy issues and a wondering eye), and then she goes on to describe her love life as “far and few.” Clearly Sara is a catch (hello, she likes cake, Michael’s Arts & Craft store and old people!), so that begs the question: What’s wrong with you Manhattan men?!
Orlando Bloom’s Mom Doubts His Talents
Orlando Bloom is a bona fide movie star with two successful film franchises under his belt (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribeean) so when it was announced that he would make his Broadway debut in Romeo and Juliet, both fans and insiders rejoiced. One person, however, was quite skeptical about Bloom taking on the Bard: his mother. Bloom told Jimmy Fallon that his mother warned, “You’re crazy. Don’t read any reviews. Don’t read anything. They’re going to hate you anyway.” And we thought Lady Capulet was tough!
Sutton Foster is Keeping Her Private Life Private
Broadway darling Sutton Foster is engaged! The two-time Tony winner and record-breaking Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner told Show People host Paul Wontorek that was engaged to be wed for the second time (first hubby was Smash’s Christian Borle); though beyond that nugget of news, Sutton remained quite tight-lipped. What’s his name? What does he do? Is he more a Jimmy from Millie, a Laurie from Little Women, a Billy Crocker or Shrek?! Gimme gimme more details, please!
Billy Porter Is a Man of His Word
When Billy Porter won his Tony Award for Kinky Boots, he shouted out to his co-star (and fellow Best Actor nominee) Stark Sands saying, “I share this award with you, I’mma keep it at my house though, but I share it with you.” It turns out Porter was speaking truth! During his recent trip abroad, Porter left his spinning statue in Sands’ care for two whole weeks. An award-winning actor that keeps his word? That’s kinkier than any pair of footwear we’ve ever seen!
Broadway is Rooting for Lana Banana
More than ever, there are so many theater stars to root for at the 2013 Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 22. But we wanted to know who you were really rooting for, so we asked! This past weekend, Broadway.com readers voted Sarah Paulson as the stage star most deserving of the big prize. Of course, the Talley’s Folly vet is nominated for her terrific star turn as tough lesbian journalist Lana Winters (AKA Lana Banana!) in American Horror Story: Asylum. Hey readers, we agree! If she doesn’t win this Sunday, it will truly be a horror.
The Real Party at Motown Is Backstage
Audiences may be dancing in the street after seeing the blockbuster musical Motown, but it turns out the real party isn’t even onstage but rather in the star dressing room at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. In the latest episode of Miracle Man, Motown’s Tony-nominated star Charl Brown gave fans an inside look at the show’s SNOB (Saturday Night on Broadway) bash. Hosted by the musical’s leading man, Brandon Victor Dixon, this exclusive shindig is the place to be on a Saturday night. Which then begs the question: how do we get on the list?
Bio-Musicals Are the New Black
Broadway is being invaded by bio-musicals. This year, the Great White Way welcomes Janis Joplin, Shlomo Carlebach, Harry Houdini and Carole King to the boards, and plans are already underway to bring Liberace, Roy Rogers, Loretta Lynn and Hal Prince’s stories to the stage. While it may seem every celeb has their own show now, here are ideas for some that have fallen through the cracks: Bring in 'Da Pig, Bring in 'Da Frog: The Miss Piggy Musical, Charles Manson: The Demon Cult Leader of California and a reimagined Gypsy about Kris Jenner and the Kardashian sisters titled Hussy.
Hollywood Is Poaching Broadway’s Finest
Here at Broadway.com, we love seeing our favorite stage actors land new gigs on TV and in movies. Really, we are so happy for them, but does Hollywood need to take everyone all at once?! This week, former Broadway.com Stars of the Week Lilla Crawford, Patina Miller, Audra McDonald and Laura Benanti were all announced for high-profile Hollywood projects that would take them away from the Great White Way. It’s fine, ladies: go into the woods and play your hunger games while we sit here waiting for you to fill our hearts with the sound of music once more.