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Despite wrapping up against the elements, Catherine Zeta Jones did not let New York's sub-zero stop her from looking glamorous upon exiting a Broadway theatre. And the gracious star even braved the fierce weather conditions as she emerged from the stage door to stop and chat with theatregoers and sign their programmes. Catherine is making her Broadway debut in a new adaptation of the musical, A Little Night Music, at the Walter Kerr Theatre in Manhattan. The Oscar-winner shares the stage with veteran actress and Murder She Wrote star Angela Lansbury in the production, which has received critical acclaim. Catherine plays Swedish actress Desirée Armfeldt with Lansbury as her mother Madame Armfeldt in the Trevor Nunn »
- Ellie Pratt
Maroulis was the "overwhelming choice" of more than 25,000 voters in the year-end poll for his Tony-nominated performance in the '80s rock musical "Rock of Ages," the site says. He beat out Jackman and Daniel Craig ("A Steady Rain"), Lansbury ("Blithe Spirit" and "A Little Night Music"), Ferrell ("You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush"), Gavin Creel ("Hair"), Alice Ripley ("Next to Normal") and Geoffrey Rush ("Exit the King").
He also got to give an acceptance speech, which comes from a rather unglamorous spot but on the upside doesn't have anyone playing him off the stage after 30 seconds. Here it is.
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The usually warranted anxieties and irritations over ill-equipped film actors polluting the Broadway stage can happily be put to rest for the current revival of A Little Night Music. It will come as no surprise that the legendary Angela Lansbury delivers once again, but Catherine Zeta-Jones does something few have done for some time now: makes a leap from film to the stage that we can only hope she will repeat.
If you are not familiar with the work of composer Stephen Sondheim, this production presents the perfect opportunity for an introduction. If you already know and love the musical master, then it’s time to treat yourself to an early Christmas present.
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- C. Jefferson Thom
Fans of Catherine Zeta-Jones who thought they were getting inadvertently flashed by the star were getting excited a little bit too soon, it turns out. The Welsh beauty stars onstage with Angela Lansbury in A Little Night Music and some theatre-goers have been left thinking they were catching thrilling flashes of her flesh after seeing her perform in the Broadway play. But in fact the star is never actually naked – and the audience never sees anything raunchier than a body stocking. Fans were so convinced they had seen the star naked, they told the New York Post that Zeta-Jones was flashing her boobs to audience members at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. But »
- Lee Brown
Super sexy actress Catherine Zeta-Jones gave some audience members at her Broadway play a scene to remember when a wardrobe malfunction briefly exposed her breasts. Zeta-Jones — and her breasts — are debuting in the Sir Trevor Nunn production of A Little Night Music, at the Walter Kerr Theater. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler created the show, called an “erotic waltz,” when it first debuted in 1973. The revival began at the Menier studio theatre in south London last year. The show is set in a Swedish country house at the turn of the century, and was inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film “Smiles of a Summer Night.” Zeta-Jones plays Desiree Armfeldt, a flamboyant actress who sings the show-stopping ballad “Send in the Clowns.” Angela Landsbury also stars. »
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Catherine Zeta-Jones gave fans at her new Broadway show an inadvertent flash of her boobs, happy onlookers claimed. The Welsh beauty was starring onstage with Angela Lansbury in A Little Night Music when she supposedly gave an unexpected thrilling view for some audience members. In one scene, Zeta-Jones's character is reunited with her long-lost lover - and opens her kimono to show him what he's been missing. Audience members on the left side of the orchestra section of the Walter Kerr Theatre got to see more than they expected. 'I couldn't believe it - no wonder Michael Douglas looks so happy,' one audience member said. 'The couple sitting next to me also saw »
- Lee Brown
Catherine Zeta-Jones flashed her breasts to theatre-goers last week. The Welsh actress - who has children Dylan, nine, and Carys, six, with husband Michael Douglas - stunned the audience of her play 'A Little Night Music' on New York's Broadway when she opened her kimono a little too much, revealing her breasts to the left side of the audience. A theatre-goer said: "I couldn't believe it. No wonder Michael Douglas looks so happy. The couple sitting next to me also saw it and poked each other." Critics have not been kind to Catherine for her portrayal of 19th century Swede Desiree in the production, with one blasting her for not being able to sing and act at the same time. »
Catherine Zeta-Jones flashed her breasts to theatre-goers last week. The Welsh actress - who has children Dylan, nine, and Carys, six, with husband Michael Douglas - stunned the audience of her play 'A Little Night Music' on New York's Broadway when she opened her kimono a little too much, revealing her breasts to the left side of the audience. A theatre-goer said: ''I couldn't believe it. No wonder Michael Douglas looks so happy. The couple sitting next to me also saw it and poked each other.'' Critics have not been kind to Catherine for her portrayal of 19th century Swede Desiree in the .. »
During one scene, Zeta-Jones turns her back on the audience and opens her kimono to flash her long lost lover - and lucky audience members also caught a glimpse of the 40-year-old's assets.
One tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "I couldn't believe it. No wonder Michael Douglas looks so happy. The couple sitting next to me also saw it and poked each other." »
The moment that Kristin Scott Thomas knew she didn't want to be a typical movie star, the moment it seems she switched from playing romantic leads to infinitely more interesting roles, was when a director told her she should make her character more appealing. The idea didn't grab her. "I just thought, I don't want to do that," she says. "I don't want to have to be pretty. I don't want to have to be adorable. Because if I'm watching that on screen I get irritated." She sits back with a sigh. "I can't bear it."
It was an astute response. After all, Scott Thomas's best work is not about looking doe-eyed and flicking her hair; instead it's defined by froideur, then thaw. There is a toughness in her performances, »
- Kira Cochrane
She's got the chops and the charisma, but is Ze-Jo subtle enough for Sondheim's Send in the Clowns? The critics are doubtful
She can slink about in Lycra for Sean Connery's viewing pleasure; she can glare feistily from behind her sabre; she can dance her way into the Academy's favours; she can even shake genetics to its very foundations by convincing people that she is the daughter of David Jason and Pam Ferris.
But there is a feeling among the critics that Catherine Zeta-Jones may have strayed a little outside her range when she took on the role of Desiree in Trevor Nunn's Broadway transfer of A Little Night Music. "With its complex score and no conventional showstoppers, [Stephen Sondheim's musical] requires the skills of a seasoned stage actor," the Guardian's Emma Brockes observes. "And while … Zeta-Jones can act and sing, she can't do both at once."
Ingmar Bergman's tale »
- Leo Benedictus
• Scott Gaita reports that "Precious" was named best film of the year by the African-American Film Critics Assn. The film also won best director for Lee Daniels, supporting actress for Mo’Nique and screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher (tying with Ron Clements, Rob Edwards and John Musker for "The Princess and the Frog.") However, Nicole Beharie was named best actress for "American Violet" over "Precious" star Gabby Sidibe. Morgan Freeman was selected best actor for "Invictus." The Circuit
• For Richard Rushfield, "Another slew of awards and nominations came in this weekend and the result is that this year's stagnant deathmarch of an Oscar race got a tiny bit shaken up, or at least it got a bit more confusing." As Richard writes, "for most of the season a troika of damaged contenders have been assumed to have a lock on nominations, with the assumption that one of them would take the top prize, »
The Welsh beauty stars alongside veteran actress Lansbury in the Stephen Sondheim play, which opened in New York's Walter Kerr Theatre on Sunday.
Zeta-Jones has been applauded by trade paper Variety as "bewitching, confident and utterly natural" in her portrayal of middle-aged actress and seductress Desiree Armfeldt, with writer David Rooney adding, "She breathes a refreshing earthiness and warm-blooded sensuality into the part."
The Hollywood Reporter notes her "beautiful" vocals and "terrific stage presence", while Newsday calls the Chicago! star "earthy and poignant".
But reviewers saved their highest praise for Lansbury, whose performance as Zeta-Jones' mother, Madame Armfeldt, has been branded "the production's real jewel" by Variety's Rooney, while USA Today called her portrayal "incandescent".
The Hollywood Reporter's Frank Scheck writes: "Lansbury uses her well-honed theatrical instincts to perfect effect as Madame Armfeldt, generating huge laughs with her expert delivery of the character's piercing comic barbs."
However, the musical's younger stars, Ramona Mallory and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, have not fared so well - the Associated Press refers to the actress as "particularly grating", while Herdlicka, as the lawyer's repressed son Henrik, is "close behind".
The Hollywood Reporter says, "Whatever its flaws, it's nonetheless a welcome return of a show."
A Little Night Music was last seen on Broadway in 1974. »
Playing the daughter to Angela Lansbury's ancient mother, the Hollywood star is unconvincing as a rejected lover
Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, directed by Trevor Nunn and the biggest opening in New York this season, is a tough gig for a Broadway debut, even for a movie star who won an Oscar for Chicago. With its complex score and no conventional showstoppers, it requires the skills of a seasoned stage actor. And while Catherine Zeta-Jones can act and sing, she can't do both at once in this production – at least not in one take.
The show is a musical interpretation of Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night, a tangle of love affairs and mistaken intentions set in Sweden at the turn of the last century. It is also a study of self-consciousness, which sadly for its star is not the same thing as being self-conscious. »
- Emma Brockes
Screen gems Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury are taking the stage of The Great White Way in "A Little Night Music." "The Insider" was there for opening night on Sunday. Catherine was happy to debut the production in front of her supportive family, including husband Michael Douglas. She told "The Insider" how the stage compares to the screen: "It's just really different. You can never ever, ever get that immediacy that you get on stage, live theatre. It's just something that I've missed…and now that I'm doing it again, I've realized how much I enjoy it and how much us actors enjoy that applause." The legendary Angela Lansbury praised her co-stars, saying, "The company was very up tonight and Catherine Zeta-Jones was just superlative, so we hope that we have a lovely hit on our hands." Watch the video to hear from more from famous theatre-goers such as Donald Trump »
Catherine Zeta-Jones has said that she dreams about performing a one-woman show. Shortly after making her broadway debut in A Little Night Music with Angela Landsbury last month, the actress told USA Today that she wants her next step to be a solo performance. "One of my biggest dreams is to do a one-woman show, with dancing and singing. I just have to figure out the concept," she (more) »
- By Aaron Broverman
Zeta-Jones trod the boards on the New York stage for the first time last month when she began previews for the musical revival with Angela Lansbury.
And the star admits she'd love to be the centre of attention in her own solo show - she just has to come up with the perfect storyline first.
She tells USA Today, "One of my biggest dreams is to do a one-woman show, with dancing and singing. I just have to figure out the concept."
In the meantime, Zeta-Jones wants to try starring in a more traditional performance.
She adds, "I want to do a straight play next."
The Welsh actress started out as a star on London's West End and won an Oscar for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in movie musical Chicago. »
The Hollywood stars have relocated their family from Bermuda to New York while the actress performs in Broadway play A Little Night Music and Douglas shoots Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps in Manhattan.
But the move meant Zeta-Jones had to leave behind her beloved menagerie of pets - so Douglas decided to surprise the Chicago star with a new pooch on 25 September, the same day the actor celebrated his 65th birthday.
She says, "I've a bit of my own zoo, I left four of my Labradors there (in Bermuda). But my husband actually, for my birthday, I was desperate for a little Coton De Tulear dog. He's the sweetest little thing, he's only six months old." »
Michael Douglas takes his little theatergoers — son Dylan Michael, 9, and daughter Carys Zeta, 6 ½ — to Saturday afternoon’s Nutcracker Family Benefit, hosted by the New York City Ballet & the School of American Ballet and held at Lincoln Center in the Big Apple.
Although the family normally resides in Bermuda, they’ve take up city living for a bit as wife Catherine Zeta-Jones appears in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, currently in previews and opening on December 13th.
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