Phew. What a week it's been! So many exciting stories, and SO MANY campy YouTube videos. We've dug through all of the ridiculousness of the past seven days: from a Kinky Tony winner's wig obsession and a fierce Opera ingenue hitting the floor to a pair of divas with multiple personalities. Study up on the Lessons of the Week below!
Aaron Tveit Gives Shower Concerts
We already knew that the “Thong Song” is a shower standard for Aaron Tveit (because nothing says “personal hygiene” like “she had dumps like a truck, truck, truck”). But were you aware that that was just one song out of an eclectic bathing set list? He’s also known to rock some Bruno Mars, Frank Sinatra and rap. We’re working out a deal to sell tickets to his world shower tour exclusively on Broadway.com. So, look out for that…
Emma Stone Is the Little Sally That Could
It’s gonna happen, happen sometime! At least, it looks like it. Emma Stone, who was originally expected to take on the role of Sally Bowles in the current revival of Cabaret before Michelle Williams was announced, may down those prairie oysters after all. See? If you put your mind to something, it’ll all work out. Just keep saying “I think I can.” And “Everybody loves a winner, so nobody loved me.” You know, optimistic things like that.
Billy Porter Has a Lace-Front Fetish
The sex may be in the heel, but it’s definitely in the hair, as well. This week we asked Billy Porter if he has a favorite wig that he wears in his Tony-winning performance in Kinky Boots. Unable to choose, he proceeded to list ALL of his wigs, including one that gives him a “freshly f*cked look.” Uh, we’ll have to look out for that next time we’re at the Al Hirschfeld.
Cher's Got a Rocket in Her Pocket
Hands down the greatest 12 minutes and 43 seconds of our week were those spent watching multitudes of Chers perform every part in West Side Story. (Side note: what’s the plural of “Cher”?) Hey, Spielberg. I think we’ve found your Anita. And Maria. And Tony. And Riff. And Bernardo. And Chino. And Anybodys.
Lesli Margherita One-Ups Cher
Not to be outdone by the Goddess of Pop, Matilda star Lesli Margherita kicked off her final Broadway.com video blog (cue buckets of tears) with a one-woman version of Les Miserables. Well, not entirely one-woman. The Queen had the help of an R-Patz cutout that sounds suspiciously like her. Your move, Cher. Maybe a one-woman Phantom? Christine’s totally in your range, right?
Christine Can Cooter Slam
Speaking of Christine, did you know that Ms. Daae has some sickening dance moves straight out of Pageant: The Musical? In the latest “Club Christine” episode of Sierra Boggess’ video blog, former Phantom leading lady Sara Jean Ford revealed that one time during the lair scene, she took a tumble and did a full blown cooter slam (her words.) Ooh, girl. You better werk! Now can you do that while hitting a high E?
Andrew Rannells: Basically Hugh Jackman
Well, as long as he’s saying “Jenifer Lopez.” The incoming Hedwig star showed off his impeccable Australian accent that he learned from Cristin Milioti, but as it turns out, that’s the only thing they can say. Keep practicing, Rannells. You never know when they might revive The Boy From Oz.
Iago Keeps it Old School
On his second episode of I Dream of Genie, James Monroe Iglehart introduced us to the entire cast of Aladdin. On the tour, we saw that Don Darryl Rivera has a rather dated memento: an Aladdin VHS tape signed by Lea Salonga and directors Ron Clements and John Musker. Hey, do you think you can get Judy Kuhn to sign our Pocahontas cassette tape? Or Angela Lansbury to sign our Bedknobs and Broomsticks eight-track?
Billy Magnussen Owes Meryl...Something
What do you get a three-time Oscar winner as a thank-you gift? A striptease? On Show People, the Sex with Strangers star revealed that Meryl Streep was the one who got him the role of Rapunzel’s Prince in the forthcoming Into the Woods film. It all started when Streep (who he refers to as “this chick”) caught his Tony-nominated performance in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. We think Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups make great gifts. (Seriously, guys. How many hints do we have to drop?)
Benedict Cumberbatch Is... Sasha Fierce?!
Forget Queen Bey; it’s all about Prince Benedict. The Olivier-winning star will headline Hamlet at London’s Barbican Theatre next August, and Cumberbitches all over were going crazier than Act IV Ophelia. In the hours after going on sale, the production registered over 200% more searches than Beyoncé and Jay Z’s world tour. If anyone could
out-Herod Herod out-Beyoncé Beyoncé, it’s Benedict. Effing. Cumberbatch.