The 67th Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, was swimming with A-List stars — and from the moment they stepped foot on the red carpet to the final curtain call, they were having a blast. We should know, we were in the thick of it.
While viewers at home were transported to Broadway with 15 musical numbers and laughed along with Neil Patrick Harris' fantastic hosting, those of us on the red carpet and in the media room were privvy to a little extra bit of fun. Here's what the TV cameras didn't catch.
Mike Tyson, who enjoyed a stint on Broadway with a one-man show last year, amazed everyone with his cameo appearance in Harris' show-stopping (or show-starting, as the case may be) opening number. But before he hit the stage, we watched Tyson hug The Sopranos' Steven Van Zandt (who would later present an award with Tom Hanks) on the red carpet. Tyson looked dapper on stage, but outside in the 90-degree New York City heat, the fighter was sweating like he had just exited the boxing ring. Inside the theater, Tyson cozied up with Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg.
Broadway veteran Bernadette Peters cut a stunning figure in a green Donna Karan Atelier with a basketweave texture. What you didn't see was the assistant she had on hand to scoop up and properly arrange her gown's train between poses.
Cyndi Lauper was the well-deserving belle of the ball on Sunday night. Not only did she rake in six awards (her show, Kinky Boots, was nominated for 13), but she was incredibly gracious to her fans and her energy was boundless. On the carpet before the ceremony, Lauper made sure to wave to the legions of fans lining the street (Glee and Annie star Jane Lynch did the same). Following her win, she hammed it up for photographers in the press room.
On the red carpet, Scarlett Johansson greeted Sienna Miller (whose fiancé, Tom Sturridge, was nominated for his work in Orphans) with a kiss on the cheek. Backstage, Johansson was equally chummy with fellow presenter Alan Cumming. The two played patty-cake before presenting the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
On the carpet, Cumming made peace signs and crazy faces while posing for photographers.
Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (whom you may know from Private Practice) shared the spotlight — and a hug — with her daughter, Zoe.
Smash star Megan Hilty shared the stage with fellow Broadway actors-turned-TV-stars Laura Benanti (Go On) and Andrew Rannells (The New Normal) for a laugh-out-loud musical number that poked fun at their bad luck on screen (cliffnotes: their shows have all been canceled). Hilty's Smash co-stars Debra Messing and Will Chase — who notoriously had a real-life affair — were conspicuously cuddly.
Home audiences were lucky enough to see this tender moment between Annie star Sunny (who plays Sandy, the lovable stray canine) and host Neil Patrick Harris. But since it's just too cute for words, here it is again:
Reporting by Lauren Paylor
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Welcome back, Grey’s Anatomy fans (Greysians? Is that a thing? Let’s just go with it). While many of us have been busy expanding our holiday waistlines and making ambitious New Year’s resolutions (like promising to read super cool recaps written by super cool people), our beloved Grey’s characters have been dealing with a crash-cart full of stress and leaving a lot of lingering questions in their wake: What does fate have in store for Adele? Are Owen and Cristina on the road to reconciliation? Will Miranda Bailey ever make it down the aisle?
“Things We Said Today” made sure to touch on all these cliffhangers and added in a few other drama-filled plotlines for good measure. Yup, looks like 2013 is going to be a doozy of a year for these docs. So without further adieu, read on, my fellow Greysians! (Oh yeah, I’m totally making this fan name happen.)
Runaway Bride & Bridesmaids: While Bailey is busy scrubbing in to Adele’s surgery, poor Ben is left to deal with a restless wedding crowd. (Luckily, there were macaroni and cheese cupcakes around, so the day wasn’t a total bust.) Callie, of course, blames herself for the delay since she had jokingly told Bailey she could run away if things got too scary. This makes Arizona nervous that Callie will leave her since they’ve been going through a pretty big rough patch after the whole leg ordeal. She even plans a sexy hotel hookup, but is unable to follow through at the last minute, claiming she’s still just not ready. Callie promises to be there for her no matter what, which ensues a middle school-like make-out session making them late for the wedding. Adorable!
As for the bride herself, after performing a five-hour complex surgery on Adele, Bailey tries to explain everything to Ben, even admitting some of her fears and doubts she has about getting married. Her ambition and ridiculously busy work schedule ruined her first marriage — what’s to stop it from happening this time? But Ben assures her that, as long as they love each other, they can make it work. “Do you want to spend the rest of your life with me even if it’s only in five-minute increments every few months?” She does! And yet another Grey’s wedding takes place.
Hookups & Breakups: Surprising to probably no one, a lot of sexual tension builds between Avery and the newly-made-over intern, Stephanie, and results in them having sex in Avery’s car by the end of the night. So that’s happening now. Anyone else think April was an absolute idiot for letting Avery and those gorgeous baby blues get away? Speaking of hookups, Karev and Jo seem to be heading in that direction now that they’re drunkenly bonding over their terrible childhood backstories (picture Oliver Twist meets little orphan Annie). Mark my words, it’s only a matter of time before these two check into an on-call room together.
Cristina and Owen, on the other hand, are a completely different story. After a steamy rendezvous in Chief Owen’s office, the star-crossed doctors were rousted from their potential reconciliation to deal with a bunch of injured bikers. (Note to self: Anyone who goes by the name “Gasoline” is not to be trifled with… ever!) In the end, however, Owen presents Cristina with divorce papers and admits that they should’ve never gotten married in the first place. Ouch… talk about running from hot to cold. Now, whether or not this was all just an act on Owen’s part to help with the whole lawsuit ordeal remains to be seen, but something tells me their future together is looking pretty bleak.
Guilty Conscience: Let me just start by saying that James Pickens, Jr. really deserves some major kudos for his performance throughout the entire episode. So moving! Anyway, poor Richard is suffering from a serious case of guilt. He realizes that Adele’s condition would never have advanced to such a serious level if someone had been there to notice. But since he had stopped visiting, her condition went completely unnoticed. And although Bailey was able to fix the aneurism, it was too much for Adele’s heart and she died a few hours after her surgery, unbeknownst to Bailey. The episode ends with Richard putting on a brave face at the wedding (for Bailey’s sake) and flashing back to his wedding dance with Adele as their song “My Funny Valentine” played on in the background. Let the waterworks begin!
So what did you think of tonight’s heartfelt episode? Do you agree with Owen’s decision? Will Bailey and Ben live happily ever after? Were you surprised by Adele’s death? Sound off on your dissections and opinions in the comments below!
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Picture this: A high school TV world where all the “populars” rocked blonde locks and the “wannabes” were brunettes, where everyone prepped for The Millennium while dancing to songs by Puff Daddy and sporting sky-high platform shoes. Sound familiar? You’re remembering the cult-classic gem of a series Popular.
Popular premiered on The WB in September 1999 (Math-check: 13 years ago!) starring two high school nemeses Brooke and Sam — Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope — forced to interact upon learning that their parents were getting married. Created by Ryan Murphy and filled with snarky humor and pop-culture infused cutaways, Popular wasn’t just another teen drama — it mocked the genre and itself. Although the show is now considered a groundbreaking hit, Popular only ran for two seasons and left fans with an abrupt cliffhanger that many are still talking about.
Take a look at the show’s iconic opening credits to refresh your memory of the cast, the clothes, and the frosted beauty products.
Sara Rue, who starred on the dramedy as Carmen, the overweight and desperately seeking acceptance best friend, tells Hollywood.com that there are a number of reasons that Popular’s popularity has held up over the years. “Popular came at time when people were dying for a show like that, and the fact that people are still talking about it ten years later is such a huge deal when you think about it.”
Even though the show continues to stay relevant thanks in huge part to Tumblr and Netflix, Rue admits that no one on set would have predicted the show’s long-term success. “We knew that it was cool and we liked what we were doing and we thought what we had to do every day was fun, but I don’t think any of us realized, like, what a weird cult hit it was going to be and that the following would stay so dedicated years and years and years later. That’s really a testament to Ryan and to his talent.”
Before American Horror Story, Glee, or even Nip/Tuck, Ryan Murphy created, wrote and executive produced Popular. “Ryan was great to work with and even at the time when this was kind of like his first thing, you could tell that he had such a vision,” Rue says. From musicals to dramas, horrors to comedies, it now seems that anything Murphy puts his name on turns to ratings gold. “No one else has their hand more on the pulse of the zeitgeist than Ryan Murphy at all times. ... He is amazing in terms of knowing what people are interested in and when, and in that moment there is just something about him where he is able to tune into pop culture in a way that nobody else can. I think that is really a gift. It’s amazing, actually.”
Interestingly enough, when compared side by side, Popular and Glee have extremely similar opening episodes. They both feature a popular blonde challenging an offbeat brunette, the star jock who secretly wants to join the school’s music program, as well as quirky, fast-paced and vicious dialogue. Popular, like Glee, was also known for throwing in a chart-topping musical number and intriguing guest star whenever the plotline needed a dose of wacky fun.
In this classically Popular-esque scene, behold the combination of Jay-Z, Broadway’s Annie, and RuPaul.
In addition to the over-the-top drama, teen angst, and purposeful over-acting, Popular also had the larger-than-life personality of Mary Cherry (Leslie Grossman). Marry Cherry — always referred to by her first and last name — was a Southern belle with a lot of money and even more sass. She could stab you in the back, smile, say something outrageous, and all would be forgiven. Mary Cherry was definitely the comic relief of the show and epitomized the essence of Popular with her pop culture-packed side stories.
Check out Mary Cherry’s giggle-worthy run-in with the “I Know What You Did Last Spring Break” killer in the video below.
However, Popular was more than just silly songs and pop culture parodies — this was a heartfelt show that frequently tackled serious subjects such as domestic abuse, bulimia, alcoholism, and sexual identity. But the most heart-wrenching storyline in the show's two-season life was without a doubt Harrison's (Christopher Gorham) battle with leukemia. Fans were presented with a raw and surprisingly realistic look into the life of a teen cancer patient. The show also took a dark turn in the series finale when Brooke's life was left hanging in the balance after she was purposefully run down with a car by her drunk best friend.
Although it’s been 10 years since our TV screens were graced with the 43 iconic episodes of Popular, the cast members still keep in touch. In fact, the glamazons and the wannabes reunited in October 2012 at the AIDS Walk in Los Angeles.
“Some of the cast members organized it and we all got together,” Rue says. “I’m pregnant so I showed up and walked for a little bit and then I went home because it was really hot that day. But it was really fun to see everybody and almost everybody was able to make it!”
It’s refreshing to see a cast that still tries to reconnect even though they’ve all separated into such far corners of the entertainment spectrum. To paraphrase a classic Mary Cherry quote, the ladies of Popular are smart, they’re witty, and they’ve (still) got asses that rock!
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