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.
As was just announced on the live feed, the Tony Awards have revealed the 2011 season’s nominations for the best in theater. The Normal Heart received five different nominations from this prestigious award, including Best Revival of a Play. Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin, and John Benjamin Hickey were lauded for their acting work either as lead or featured, while Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe have received recognition for their work as directors for the production. Check out their fellow nominees below, courtesy of BroadwayWorld. Congratulations to everyone!
Best Revival of a Play
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
The Normal Heart
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.
A few days ago, I posted a featurette which showed a couple of scenes from The Normal Heart. Now, Playbill has made even more scenes available — including an extra one featuring Lee Pace. If you want a taste of the play – especially if you won’t be able to catch it during this run – check out the video above or in the Video Archive.
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!
Sorry this news is a bit late; I’ve been in New York! On April 29th, the Drama Desk Awards announced their 2011 nominations for the best theatrical works. The Normal Heart received two, including a nod for Outstanding Revival of a Play. Although there were no individual nominations for any of the actors, the company is receiving a special award: Outstanding Ensemble Performance! Congratulations to all involved.
As someone who saw the play earlier this evening (well, technically yesterday), I can say that the entire cast deserves recognition for their hard, beautiful work. What a breathtaking play. Please go see it if you have the chance!
Peter Jackson, director of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, has just made a casting announcement on his official Facebook: Lee Pace will be playing Thranduil, the Elven King from The Hobbit. Not only that, but Jackson mentioned that Lee was actually the first choice for the role. This is amazing news! Congratulations, Lee!
I’m very pleased to be welcoming two new cast members to our team.
Dean O’Gorman will be playing Fili. Dean’s a terrific Kiwi actor, who I am thrilled to be working with. He’s recently been in an excellent TV series down here called “The Almighty Johnsons”, and I should let fans of that show know that our shooting schedule allows Dean to continue with a second series next year. Dean will be joining us next week.
I’m also pleased to announce that Lee Pace will be playing the Elven King Thranduil. Casting these Tolkien stories is very difficult, especially the Elven characters, and Lee has always been our first choice for Thranduil. He’s going to be great. We loved his performance in a movie called “The Fall” a few years ago, and have been hoping to work with him since. When we were first discussing who would be right for Thranduil, Lee came into mind almost immediately.
It’s been a great week, and I’m looking forward to the next few. It’s going to be interesting…
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!