Theatre lovers, rejoice! Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Studio 54 in New York City tonight. (Yes, the same theater where Shia LaBeouf got arrested earlier this year.) In an interview with Vanity Fair, Stone said she “can’t believe this is actually happening.” We can; Stone is one of many A-list movie stars to take their acting talents to the Great White Way. However, how will she fair?
From a list of mega-stars that made the Broadway jump before her, it’s anyone’s game. Reviews of celebrities on Broadway have ranged from stellar (surprisingly, Ashlee Simpson makes this category for her turn as Roxie Hart in Chicago) to downright dreadful (let’s not talk about Christie Brinkley’s portrayal of the same role).
Joining Stone on Broadway this month is Bradley Cooper, who started his run in Elephant Man at the Booth Theatre last week (though he’s no newbie; Cooper made his debut back in 2006 with Roberts in Three Days of Rain). We’re sure the two actors are sharing similar jitters as they jump in front of a live audience, but they’re certainly in good company (i.e: Tom Hanks). To celebrate the excitement of these stars hitting the stage, we’ve assembled the best, worst, and the ugliest celebrity Broadway debuts in existence. Take a look at the gallery at your own risk, but cut the less-than-stellar performances some slack. Live theatre is hard, people; you don’t get a second take.
Daniel Radcliffe has been in three Broadway productions since making his debut in Equus in 2009. He stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live to discuss the physicality of his role in the 2014 show The Cripple of Inishmaan.
Personal assistants, bodyguards, hair stylists, and makeup artists are child’s play compared to other bizarre celebrity employment opportunities. When you’re as famous as Kim Kardashian, as successful as Mariah Carey, or as royal as Queen Elizabeth II, you hire people to do everything. A human alarm clock? Duh. Someone to protect and care for your bras? Obviously. A coach to school you in the ways of life? Why not. For the rich and famous, there’s no limit to spending or entourage size. Hop into the gallery above to see some of the oddest jobs and most extreme ways celebs spend their hard-earned cash when they’re not partying like we know they can.
Take a look at the security detail tasked with protecting America’s first family: Kimye.
Elisabeth Moss is best known for her work on AMC’s Mad Men, as secretary-turned-copywriter Peggy Olson. But let’s not forget her breakout role as the president’s daughter on The West Wing. It’s been 15 years since we were introduced to Zoey Bartlet, the youngest child of Martin Sheen‘s fictional POTUS, portrayed by a then-17-year-old Moss.We’re still months away from the final season of Mad Men, and while you can get your Moss fix by watching this summer’s The One I Love or her Golden Globe-winning role in Top of the Lake on Netflix, we prefer to go back in time. Moss played the president’s daughter over the course of 25 episodes, from 1999 to 2006. Her on-screen romance with her father’s aide Charlie Young (Dule Hill) was one of the sweetest storylines, but also led to tense dramatic plots like the shooting of President Bartlet and Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) by white supremacists. The two survived, by sadly Zoey and Charlie’s relationship didn’t. Never forget how Zoey returned in the fourth season dating a rich French guy named Jean-Paul Pierre Claude Charpentier Vicomte de Condé de Bourbon (Trent Ford). (And how he — spoiler — unknowingly plays a part in Zoey’s kidnapping).
In celebration of 15 years since the premiere of one of the greatest political shows to ever air, let’s look back on the first pivotal moment for Zoey, that spurred one of the most touching storylines on the show.
Maybe it’s all Stephen King’s fault. Ever since his Pennywise character scared the pants off people in his 1986 horror novel It, people’s notions of clowns have gone from fun-loving balloon bearers to homicidal maniacs. In recent years, however, there have been some real life scary clowns that actually have spread fear and havoc, and in some cases murder.
Coulrophobia is the official term for a fear of clowns. And this season of American Horror Story: Freak Show, which centers around the grisly murders of the hideously disfigured Twisty The Clown, has not eased people’s phobias. But believe me, when you read about some of the following horrible harlequins, the show will seem like a fairy tale. Check out real-life scary clowns who make Twisty seem cute.