When I saw The Normal Heart two weeks ago, Lee Pace mentioned that Bryan Fuller and Kristin Chenoweth – “Pushing Daisies” creator and star, respectively – would soon be visiting New York to check out the play. Well, tonight was the night! Bryan posted the picture of their mini “Daisies” reunion on his official Twitter after stating that the production made Kristin (and himself) cry. (Notice the wide stance Lee has adopted to make him shorter next to the very petite Cheno.)
Meanwhile, on Kristin’s official Twitter, she mentioned being “so moved” by the play and suffering from a crying headache. Like many who have seen the play, it “broke my heart and yet gave me hope.” Fun fact: The Normal Heart lead actor, Joe Mantello, actually directed Kristin when she starred as Glinda in Wicked!
Here are two new videos featuring Lee Pace. Both have been added to the Video Archive, courtesy of Joyce. The first video is about the opening night of The Normal Heart and includes briefs commentary by loads of stars, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Melissa Etheridge, and Andy Cohen. Lee appears at around 5:13 and has the following to say:
“People respond to [The Normal Heart] in such a vocal way. Never before have I done a play where the audience is such a strong character.”
The second video features more Lee – with added bonus of co-star Jim Parsons – for a 2.5 minute long interview. They discuss The Normal Heart at the Drama Desk Awards, where they won Outstanding Ensemble Performance for their play. Topics include Ellen Barkin, what they learned while starring in the play, and how it feels to drive their audience to tears nightly.
Maybe these kids don’t have the star power that Jimmy Fallon has, but they’re certainly just as important in their own right. On May 5th, youth from The Ali Forney Center stopped by to check out The Normal Heart and were invited backstage to meet the cast, including Lee Pace, Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, and Jim Parsons. The Ali Forney Center is a wonderful organization based in New York that helps homeless LGBT teens.
Some celebrities stopped by the performance of The Normal Heart last night, May 4th, including Jimmy Fallon and Holly Hunter. The latter is shown with Lee (and co-star, Patrick Breen) in the photo above, along with Gordon MacDonald and director Tricia Brock. Fun fact: Brock actually directed Lee in “Pushing Daisies,” in the episode The Norwegians! Not only that, but she’s also directed the Tony-nominated The Normal Heart actor, John Benjamin Hickey, in his show, “The Big C.”
Two more videos have been added to the Video Archive, both of which feature Lee Pace and his role in The Normal Heart. The first video is a short featurette highlighting the play’s cast and crew on their Broadway opening night, on April 27th. The second video is from May 2nd, when Lee attended the 2011 Drama Desk Nominee Cocktail Reception with co-stars, Jim Parsons and Wayne Wilcox. There are many interviews with other attendees at the reception, so you might want to wait for the long video to load and then jump to around 12:04 to see Lee’s interview.
The Normal Heart promised that if their official Facebook got 10,000 “Likes” before the play opened on April 30th, then they would donate $10,000 to the organization, Freedom to Marry. The goal was reached with days left to spare, and the check was recently presented to the campaign.
I believe the check presentation took place last night, May 3rd, after the Tuesday TalkOut, a talkback that takes place after the play in which “the themes and historical context of the play” are discussed. Among those pictured are cast and crew from The Normal Heart, including Lee Pace, Joe Mantello, Jim Parsons, Luke Macfarlane, Mark Harelik, and Richard Topol.
Freedom to Marry focuses on equal marriage rights for same-sex couples; a political topic that’s actually addressed in the play, written in the early 80s.
With tousled hair, Lee Pace attended the 56th Annual Drama Desk Nominee Cocktail Reception last night, May 2nd, at the Bombay Palace Restaurant in New York. Jim Parsons, his Normal Heart co-star, also attended the event. Others celebrating at the reception included Beth Leavel, Daniel Radcliffe, Judith Light, Kerry Butler, Laura Benanti, Lily Rabe, Scott Elliott, and Tom Riley.
On April 30th, after his performance in The Normal Heart, Lee Pace and friend, Matt Bomer, headed to the Hiro Ballroom at The Maritime Hotel. The occasion? The 10th Annual Spring Fling, hosted by celebrity hairstylist, Harry Josh. The party is a happening place for many big-name stars. Others in attendance included Fergie, Gisele Bundchen, Eva Mendes, Will Smith, Jay-Z, Andrew Garfield, Leonardo DiCaprio (with friend, Lukas Haas), Jessica Biel, Ashley Olsen, Mickey Rourke, and The Normal Heart co-star, Luke Macfarlane. All according to Just Jared.
If pictures pop up, I’ll be sure to post them as soon as possible.
Some celebrities checked out The Normal Heart last night, including Matt Bomer, Valerie Harper, and Dr. Ruth. (I also saw Anna Wintour, but she’s not pictured.) Matt Bomer and Lee Pace went to the same high school together, and it looks like they’re still good friends. A friend of mine who was sitting behind Matt during the show said he was thoroughly enjoying himself whenever Lee appeared onstage for a comedic scene. They also left the stage door together, and then left the premises in the same car (along with Ellen Barkin).
Thank you to Claudia at Precious Stone: Lisa Edelstein for the HQ images!