Earlier this evening, December 6th, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held its first stateside premiere — in New York. At the Ziegfeld Theatre, numerous cast and crew from the impressively-sized ensemble showed up, including Lee Pace (who must have taken a night off from his off-Broadway play, Golden Age). Others in attendance included Elijah Wood (Frodo), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Aidan Turner (Kili), Archie Panjabi, Terry O’Quinn, Patrick Stewart, and director Peter Jackson.
Last night, December 4th, Golden Age – Terrence McNally’s new play – officially opened at New York City Center – Stage I. Numerous photos from the after-party have been added to the gallery, with Lee Pace pictured alongside co-star F. Murray Abraham. I’ll be adding more as they come in, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, you might want to head over to the career portion of LPO to read reviews on Lee’s performance in Golden Age. Check out a few highlights below:
“Lee Pace is an ideal Bellini, charismatic even in self-absorption and gifted with the requisite Byronic handsomeness. Pace excels at communicating Bellini’s often internal emotions and uses an effortless period physicality to good effect.”
“Even in Bellini’s poutiest, most self-absorbed moments, Pace is never less than charming. He’s the quintessential tortured artist — unabashedly romantic, hair askew, throwing himself about the stage with abandon, and voraciously devouring Sicilian blood oranges (Bellini’s preferred snack). When he gets ahold of McNally’s monologues, Pace can elevate them into arias: ‘People don’t go mad because of a broken heart. They take to their rooms and weep in utter solitude,’ he says, reflecting on mad scenes in operas. ‘There is no cause for high notes when your heart is broken. The very lowest reaches of the voice are what are called for.'”
– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Pace has the debonair good looks of a golden-age Hollywood heartthrob. He elegantly underplays Bellini’s exhilarated highs and his depressed lows, and his rapport with Neuwirth is tainted with lovely wistfulness.”
– NEW YORK POST
There are also three new production photographs, which you can view right here.
Lee Pace made his first public event appearance of the year yesterday, September 24th, when he attended the 2012 Metropolitan Opera season opening night. After so long, it’s great to see his face again — with quite the impressive beard going on. While at the Met, he attended the Italian opera, “L’Elisir D’Amore.” A few pictures from the night have been added to the gallery, with hopefully more to come.
Yesterday in Wellington, New Zealand, numerous actors from The Hobbit joined Sir Ian McKellen on stage at the State Opera House. The intention was to help raise money for the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, as it was damaged in the headline-causing earthquake in NZ just last year. Lee Pace was, in fact, in attendance, along with co-stars (of course) Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Billy Connolly, Dean O’Gorman, and Bilbo Baggins himself, Martin Freeman. Director Peter Jackson was also there.
No professional photos or videos from the show seem to be available, but RichardArmitageNet was awesome enough to round up a bunch of accounts from fans attending the event. Check them out below (Lee is the obviously tall one with a light blue shirt on):
• Hobbit cast on stage, courtesy of @eviebowman.
• Ian McKellan On Stage with Shakespeare, Tolkien, and You, courtesy of noei1984.
• Some shots from when Ian invited the Hobbit cast on stage, followed by members of the audience performing the role of slain French troops, courtesy of cathoiskool.
• YouTube: Ian McKellen On Stage – Hobbit Cast Appearance, courtesy of brionyjae.
• Fan photos: dovetales & littleaubergine.
Evidently, Lee announced to a couple of fans that Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage would both be at this year’s ComicCon in San Diego. He didn’t mention his own appearance, however.
Thanks to Zach-Quinto.net for the photos.
On December 4th, Lee Pace attended the after-party (and, presumably, the screening) of W.E.. Andrea Riseborough, who acted against Lee at a reading of Eve Ensler’s OPC, is a featured actress in the Madonna-directed film, along with Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle, and James D’Arcy.
On Monday, November 14th, Lee Pace made it out to the west coast to attend the much anticipated premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 — and he looked great! From what I’m reading, he skipped the press line, so there likely won’t be any new interview footage this time around. No worries, though: Lee’s character, Garrett, will be seen in the final installment of the Twilight film franchise. That means he’ll probably be at Part 2’s premiere next year, where fans will get another chance to see him hit the black carpet and talk about his experience on such a major motion picture set.
Many thanks to Claudia at Incredibly Downey, Jr. for the two HD pictures!
Lee Pace has been a little quiet recently, but he did visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City last night, October 20th. There, he checked out a screening of Anonymous, the upcoming Roland Emmerich-directed film that poses a “what if?” scenario on whether Elizabethan aristocrat, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford was the true writer behind Shakespearean works. Rhys Ifans – who is currently dating Anna Friel of “Pushing Daisies” – is the star of the film, along with Vanessa Redgrave.
Many thanks to Karen Gillan Web for the HQ pictures!
On October 3rd, Lee Pace and previous co-stars – Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, and Jim Parsons – attended the 2011 Mr. Abbott Award gala to honor director George C. Wolfe. The event took place at Edison Ballroom and was presented by the non-profit group, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.
Wolfe recently directed the Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart, which Lee starred in as Ned Weeks. He’s also directed masterpieces like Angels in America and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, which he also won Tonys for. He was awarded the Mr. Abbott for influencing “the cultural landscape, and the American theatre is stronger for his presence,” said Karen Azenberg, president of SDC and Chairperson of the SDC Foundation Committee.
So, it looks like Lee Pace didn’t attend the actual award ceremony for the Tonys — but he was at a party celebrating his play’s big win thereafter! Pictured above, he’s with co-stars from The Normal Heart – including Ellen Barkin and Jim Parsons – at the Amsterdam Ale House for an exciting after-party. Thanks very much to yorke for the clarification and quality photos!
After the May 26th performance of The Normal Heart – which had a high volume of attendees born after 1980 due to a special discount – cast members of the play stuck around for a talkback. Usually these have been happening after every show on Tuesdays, but the part of the company attracting younger audience – Lee Pace, Jim Parsons, Luke Macfarlane, Wayne Wilcox – stuck around to talk about their involvement in the play and how important it is even for upcoming generations. Later on, Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin, and John Benjamin Hickey joined them onstage as well. You can check out the entire talkback here, or view it below. (Thanks Damien and Joyce!)