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!
BroadwayWorld’s Broadway Beats has posted a new, lengthy video featuring the cast and crew of The Normal Heart. Along with interviews by Lee Pace, Ellen Barkin, and Larry Kramer, there are actual clips of the production itself. If you’re curious what the play is like, you might want to watch it. Lee is actually featured in one scene, and nothing is particularly spoiler-y. Enjoy!
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!
On their official Facebook, The Normal Heart has posted several photographs of the play production. As expected, some also feature Lee Pace as his character, Bruce, in mustache and three-piece suit. You can now check out those pictures in the gallery.
In other great news, The Normal Heart has been nominated for several awards by the Drama League! The play itself has been nominated alongside nine others for Distinguished Revival of a Play. Actors Joe Mantello and John Benjamin Hickey have also been nominated for their roles in the play. To see the full list of nominees, check out the press release or just take a look at the other revivals nominated below:
Distinguished Revival of a Play (10)
Angels in America | Signature Theatre Company
Arcadia | Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Born Yesterday | Cort Theatre
The Collection and a Kind of Alaska | Atlantic Theatre Company
The House of Blue Leaves | Walter Kerr Theatre
The Importance of Being Earnest | Roundabout Theatre Company
La Bête | Music Box Theatre
The Little Foxes | New York Theatre Workshop
The Merchant of Venice | The Public Theater/Broadhurst Theatre
The Normal Heart | John Golden Theatre
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.
Broadway.com has posted a couple of pictures from The Normal Heart‘s first night of previews. A couple of pictures include Lee Pace alongside those involved with the production, such as Jim Parsons, John Benjamin Hickey, and playwright Larry Kramer. David Furnish – president of the Elton John AIDS Foundation – is also featured. Both pictures both been added to the gallery.
Lee Pace Odyssey is also looking for fan written reviews of the play to be posted as a news report. If you’ve seen a performance, please submit your experience; photos of Lee at the stagedoor are welcome as well. LPO will fully credit you if your review is used.
Edit: I’ve added more pictures from TNH’s premiere preview. Thanks to munis for the heads up!
Previews for Lee Pace’s Broadway debut in The Normal Heart begin tomorrow! You can still buy tickets via Telecharge. If you’re going to a performance, please tell LPO all about it; we might just feature a review or two on the site.
In the meantime, those behind the production are cranking to get some promo material out. The latest includes a few photos from that shoot Lee and the rest of the cast did a few days ago, which you can now see above and in the gallery. The official YouTube for The Normal Heart has also posted this short featurette, showing the cast during that photoshoot and commenting on the importance of the play even in 2011. You can check out the video here or by streaming it below:
The New York premiere for Ceremony – Lee Pace’s latest film – took place at the Angelika Film Center earlier this evening, April 5th. He was accompanied by director Max Winkler and co-stars, Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano. Others at the event included Alexa Chung, Edward Burns, and Noah Baumbach. If any more pictures surface, I’ll add them to the gallery as soon as possible. WWD reported about the after-party, in which Lee is briefly mentioned:
The reclusive Thurman slunk over to an elevated booth overlooking the dance floor, where she was joined by Angarano, Pace, and apparent good friend Russell Simmons, who spent most of the evening kissing her cheek or praising her film. When Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” came on, Pace, Thurman and Simmons all hopped to their feet to shimmy to the chorus, before settling back down in the booth, with Pace scooting off to swipe spare bottles of spirits from neighboring tables.
Many thanks to Bee at 100% Novak Djokovic for the HQ pictures!
Lee Pace Odyssey has a whole new and gorgeous look, courtesy of Night Blooming Designs! I wanted to have a layout in honor of Lee’s upcoming movie release, so I asked that film stills of Ceremony be used. I hope everyone likes it! NB Designs has always treated me well in the past; she’s also designed the main page and gallery for LPO’s affiliate (and my other site), Bryan Fuller Online.
Two new photographs from previous stage work Lee Pace has done have been added to the gallery; the first from The Credeaux Canvas and the second, menacing picture from Small Tragedy. Additionally, I’ve finally finished the STAGE WORK sub-section of the site! There, you will find all sorts of information about plays Lee has done over the years, including cast, summaries, and reviews. Mind, it’s still a work in progress; I’ll eventually have a list of performances he’s done in high school and college as well. In the meantime, please enjoy as we anticipate Lee’s Broadway debut in The Normal Heart.