And my rants about Emma’s obvious fake ass and the whole Rupert/Georgia stuff is giving me life. I’m just so happy that Rupert is prepping for Broadway as we speak alongside amazing people and that more and more people are noticing that Emma isn’t all that (and that after managing herself to get attached to high profile stuff through Weinstein in supportive roles, she still sucks at acting) and that Georgia and Rupert are still dating after like almost 4 years and I’m just so happy that things are really working for Rupert right now and things are working for me now as well because I made the choice to go back to college at 24 and I aced my 1st year and I’m getting married to my best friend in a year and I’m just overcome with joy. Ugghhhhhhh
JUST WON BEST NEWCOMER IN HIS DEBUT PLAY, BEEN IN MOVIES AND NOW PREPARING FOR BROADWAY. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU LICKED YOUR OWN BALLS?? That is how i reply in my head. :3Because the mainstream media only puts centre stage on pretty…
reblogging for the last comment.
The boys still have it!
The revival, which opens Oct. 9, has already raked in $5.5 million — the top earner, so far, of the fall. The production teams Broderick and Lane for the first time since 2005, when they headlined a feeble revival of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.”
They were Broadway’s reigning couple in 2001 in Mel Brooks’ smash “The Producers.” The day the show opened, the box office sold $3 million in tickets, a record that stood for two years until they rejoined the show in 2003 — and sold $3.5 million in a single day.
That $5.5 million is quite a haul for a non-musical, making Broderick and Lane members of a select club of performers whose names can sell out a show before opening night — Denzel Washington (“A Raisin in the Sun”), Daniel Craig (“Betrayal”), Julia Roberts (“Three Days of Rain”) and Hugh Jackman (“Back on Broadway”).
Jackman, by the way, has yet to hit Broderick-Lane levels with his show, “The River.” But it’s in a smaller theater (Circle in the Square) and the play, a London import, is obscure. Jackman will no doubt set box office records of his own once the season comes into sharper focus. He always does.
Jack O’Brien, who’s directing “It’s Only a Play,” has assembled an impressive group around Broderick and Lane. Megan Mullally plays a novice producer, eagerly awaiting the reviews of her first show. Stockard Channing plays the nutty diva. And F. Murray Abraham plays a waspish critic, modeled, some think, on John Simon.
Broderick is the playwright, and Lane plays his best friend, a bitchy TV star who has pointed words for, as Elaine Stritch used to say, “the theater and the charming people in it.”
“It’s Only a Play” premiered in 1982, so only a handful of people today would get all the many jabs at the theater people of the time. That’s why McNally spent the spring updating the script, adding what my sources say are “sharp and hilarious” pokes at the current crop of theater muckety-mucks. His targets this time include Harvey Fierstein, Jujamcyn chief Jordan Roth and his mother, Daryl (a producer), Rosie O’Donnell and Big Ben Brantley.
Yours truly comes in for a fair share of cracks, I’m told — most of them delivered by Lane, who even ad-libbed a few at a recent table reading.
It brings back fond memories of the e-mail exchanges we had when I had a go at “The Addams Family” during its out-of-town tryout. Lane responded: “Larry Gelbart once said, ‘If Hitler’s alive, I hope he’s out of town with a new musical.’ After reading your column, I feel Hitler might be working for the New York Post.”
Ha! Hit me with your best shots, Nathan.
But remember: I have a column. You don’t.
RG.us: Ah, that’s good to hear. So, next is… Broadway?
Rupert: Yeah, I know. Terrifying.
RG.us: You’re terrified?
Rupert: But… Yeah, I am, a little bit, but also really excited. Cause it’s just such an amazing cast and I’ve always wanted to, since Mojo, which was really fun, and now I’ve had a taste of the stage, to go to Broadway and see what that’s like and, yeah, it’s just feels like everything there is on a bigger scale. Kind of bigger theatres, it’s just, it all seems a bit more bigger. But yeah, it’s going to be a new challenge. Yeah, I’m really looking forward to it.
RG.us: Yeah, so are we. We were really excited when we got the news.
RG.us: And what are you most looking forward to doing the play?
Rupert: Erm, I don’t know exactly, I mean I’m kind of in that weird limbo that I don’t really know what to expect yet, but I think, yeah, I think just being on that stage with amazing people, like Stockard Channing, who is originally from Greece, she’s a bit of a hero of mine. So, yeah, that’s exciting, and yeah, just being on stage again, I got a really buzz off Mojo, and I’m kind of thirsty to get that feeling again.
RG.us: To get the buzz from…
RG.us: Did you learn anything from Mojo that you’re going to be able to use for It’s Only A Play?
Rupert: Yeah, I think I did. I think I did, I mean, I kind of used it as education. You learn so much being on stage, kind of your… the other actors and, erm, it’s such a different kind of form of acting and I think that, just being so out of your comfort zone kind of pushes you to try new things and, yeah, I think it was a really great experience for me and I’m excited to do that again.
RG.us: Yeah, that’s pretty cool. And do you already know what kind of accent you’ll be doing? If you’re going to be American?
Rupert: Well, that’s the scary thing, I’m not sure – I’m not American, no, my character is English. But it’s a very different character to what I’ve played, er, what I’ve ever played. It’s not… it’s not really a likeable character. He’s a bit of a… a bit of an arsehole. *laughs*
RG.us: So you’re finally getting to play the bad guy?
Rupert: Yeah, kind of. So yeah, I’m excited to try something like that, it really is kind of new ground for me, so I’m really excited about that.
RG.us: Yeah, and we…
Rupert: …and I think it’ll be fun.
RG.us: Yeah, and we’re definitely excited about seeing it!
Rupert: Yeah, come and see it!
RG.us: How did that come about, It’s Only A Play? Did you go to a casting, or did they contact you?
Rupert: Yeah, no, it kind of just… I was… it kind of happened really quickly. I was in the middle of Moonwalkers and yeah, I just kind of got a call and got sent the script and Skype’d with Jack O’Brian, the director, who’s amazing, so I’m just really surprised that I got the part. So yeah, I’m really looking forward to it and it’s going to be good fun.
RG.us: And did he see you in Mojo, or how did that happen?
Rupert: Err, I’m not sure, actually. I’m not sure how it all kind of happened, but yeah, it definitely was good to have that experience from Mojo, cause I mean, like, two years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of ever going near Broadway.
Rupert: Or a play at West End or along that way, yeah. It kind of gave me a confidence boost and it has really kind of helped me. And I’m scared, but excited.
RG.us: Yeah, and we’re definitely excited for you, and we’re looking forward to seeing you there.
Rupert: Brilliant, yeah.