Every week in Sound Bites, EW checks out the most memorable lines of the week. This week features a zinger by Madeleine Albright directed at Conan O’Brien, Taylor Swift referring to herself as a “nightmare,” and an awkward Jennifer Aniston reference in Zach Galifianakis’ latest episode of Between Two Ferns with Brad Pitt. These are the best quotes of this week gathered from TV, film, music, Twitter, and more.
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Two-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper announced this week (in an EW exclusive) that he’ll be returning to Broadway this fall to star in a revival of The Elephant Man opposite Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. (Yes, it sounds like a stretch for People‘s former Sexiest Man Alive — especially since Bernard Pomerance’s play does not require any prosthetics for the title role.) The David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, which made EW’s Top 10 list last year, will return to the Public Theater in March for an open-ended run. And there were a handful of notable openings on both coasts, including the Broadway debut of Will & Grace star Debra Messing. For full reviews, click on the links below.
Outside Mullingar The new romantic comedy by John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt) stars Brían F. O’Byrne and Debra Messing as middle-aged loners living side by side on Irish farms but struggling to connect with each other. I found it to be a “sweet but peculiar” play that’s “wispier than the smoke from a peat bog.” How does Messing fare? “Though she seems ill at ease through the first half of the show, too aware of the audience and of the effort to keep up her accent, she settles in toward the end when she’s able to deploy her gifts for physical comedy.” EW grade: B
A Word or Two Christopher Plummer’s one-man show in L.A., first performed at the Stratford festival in his native Canada, is less a staged memoir than a reflection on life incorporating influential texts from Lewis Carroll to the Bard. As EW’s Jake Perlman writes, “His commanding stage presence makes you want to watch. But in A Word or Two, he also makes you want to listen.” EW grade: A
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner In a new stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s 1959 short story at the Off Broadway Atlantic Theater Company, Sheldon Best plays a 17-year-old at a youth correctional facility who has a mixed response to his innate athletic skills. “While moving and at times inventive as a showcase for Best’s athletic charisma,” Stephan Lee writes, the play “doesn’t inject enough new energy into the tired tropes.” EW grade: B
Debra Messing and Eric McCormack know their way around a joke.
The duo kept fans laughing for eight years on Will & Grace, and now –since it has been 15 years since Will & Grace premiered — Messing and McCormack stopped by EW to reminisce, not to mention continue to crack us up.
The two’s fan-favorite chemistry was on display when they took EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test together, teasing each other while Messing shared her Meryl Streep love and McCormack discussed just how many karaoke CDs he own (Hint: It’s a lot.)
The laughing continued when the duo talked about their thoughts on Will & Grace‘s legacy. Messing told EW that the episode people most often approach her to gush about is the “exploding water bra” from the episode “Das Boob.” For McCormack, it’s the series finale. “I get people coming up to me wanting to talk about that last scene,” he explained. “The idea that there were these two young people that everyone in the audience assumed was us, in flashback, and then when they realized it was our kids, the gasp from that audience, and then us coming in as people in our sixties, everyone always says they cried.”
Watch below for more from Messing and McCormack, where in addition to answering our questions about first celebrity crushes and television moments they’ve rewound, fans can see that the two should really consider a musical recording together — if only they could remember all the words to said duets. READ FULL STORY
Smash may be canceled, but Debra Messing will still be hanging out in the theater district. Come January, she’ll make her Broadway debut in the world premiere play Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy from writer John Patrick Shanley and director Doug Hughes, the Tony-winning team behind Doubt. In the limited 11-week engagement, Messing will star opposite Brian F. O’Byrne, a Tony winner for Frozen whose four additional nominations include Doubt. They’ll play two introverted, eccentric neighbors in rural Ireland. He’s shy and prefers cattle to humans, and she’s determined to have him — even if his father is threatening to disinherit him and a land feud is brewing between their families. It’s billed as an “Irish Moonstruck.” Shanley also won an Oscar for penning that screenplay.
This is Shanley’s 10th play with the Manhattan Theatre Club. Previews begin Jan. 2 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with opening night scheduled for Jan. 23.
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