Two ladies who are very well-known and versed on the Broadway stage stopped by the Golden Theatre on May 8th to catch a showing of The Normal Heart and to meet the cast thereafter. Idina Menzel is probably best known in the theatre world for her role as Elphaba in Wicked (where she acted along Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Pace’s Pushing Daisies co-star). Broadway diva and actress extraordinaire Patti LuPone also stopped by to lend support. Patti and Lee actually worked together briefly, when they shot the pilot for the HBO series, The Miraculous Year, around August of last year.
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!
Photos are finally surfacing of Lee Pace at his Broadway opening of The Normal Heart, which happened yesterday evening. Others at the opening after-party included fellow castmates of the play, along with Bravo’s Andy Cohen, Julianna Margulies, Kelly Ripa, Melissa Etheridge, Nathan Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vanessa Redgrave, Victor Garber, and many others. In the first set of albums are pictures of The Normal Heart cast taking their bows after opening, while the second album features the cast and crew at the after-party.
Edit: Many more pictures have been added to both albums, many of which are HQ. Enjoy!
After the April 23rd performance of The Normal Heart, gay rights pioneer Billie Jean King met up with the cast. A brief photo session was held thereafter. King is known as being the first openly gay female professional athlete, and since coming out in 1981 she has retained her activism within the LGBT community; she currently serves on the boards for both Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Check out new pictures in the gallery, one of which features this magnificent woman.