Pam returns to Broadway for night three in “Chicago”

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Pamela Anderson glowed as she returned to Broadway this Thursday for night three of her run in the smash hit revival of Chicago.

The 54-year-old took the plunge in a saucy black dress that featured a bit of sheen, allowing it to gleam under the city lights.

She swooshed the hem a bit as she walked, allowing her to flash her toned dancer’s legs as she pounded the pavement en route to the Ambassador Theatre.

Pamela sauntered past the Majestic Theatre, which is home to The Phantom Of The Opera, the only musical on Broadway that has been running longer than her show.

Just two nights earlier she made her debut in Chicago, where she will be playing a limited eight-week run in the lead role of Roxie Hart.

After accepting a bouquet of roses during her curtain call, she headed backstage and posed up with her sons Brandon Thomas Lee, 25, and Dylan Jagger Lee, 24.

Both of her boys, whom she shares with her ex-husband and sex tape co-star Tommy Lee, were dressed to the nines for their mother’s Broadway opening.

While taking her bows she also sidled up to her co-star Lana Gordon, who is playing Roxie’s fellow lead role Velma Kelly.

Pamela received a rapturous audience reaction her first night, according to the New York Post whose critic Johnny Oleksinski called her ‘very funny’ in the part.

‘The excited audience occasionally stepped on her laughs with their applause, which is not the worst problem to have,’ his review noted.

He also said she sang ‘just fine’ and was able to pull off the finale’s intricate choreography, including the cartwheel.

When Pamela entered the cast of Chicago, she joined a long line of celebrities to play the lead role of Roxie Hart in the current revival.

The original production, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, was only a moderate success in the 1970s despite being led by Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera.

However the show was revived in 1996, directed and choregraphed by Bob’s onetime mistress Ann Reinking ‘in the style of Bob Fosse,’ and became a huge smash.

The revival has become the second longest running Broadway musical of all time, surpassed only by The Phantom Of The Opera.

Celebrities galore have trouped in and out of the show, with Roxie alone played by a dizzying range of names including Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson, Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, Christie Brinkley and Melanie Griffith.

Pamela recently revealed on Good Morning America that her upcoming Netflix docu-series will partly cover her preparation for Chicago.

A month ago she declared on her Instagram page that she would be telling ‘the real story’ of her life with the Netflix project.

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Pamela Receives Support from Her Sons

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A Broadway star is born!

On Tuesday night, Pamela Anderson, 54, made her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart in the long-running musical Chicago.

Making a special attendance that night were her two sons, Brandon Thomas, 25, and Dylan Jagger, 24.

Brandon and Dylan are kids to Anderson and Tommy Lee, a couple that had a three-year whirlwind romance in the ’90s. The actress and Mötley Crüe musician had their relationship recently portrayed on Hulu’s series Pam & Tommy.

In addition to having her family there for support, the Baywatch star accepted a bouquet of red roses during curtain call. In the special moment, Anderson was in her costume consisting of a black leotard and fishnets and was standing next to costar Lana Gordon.

An audience member at the show told PEOPLE that “the audience went insane” for Anderson and that she looked “flawless” in the role of Hart, first performed by late actress Ann Reinking in the 1996 Broadway revival.

“She just looked like she was having a great time at the end of the show,” the audience member added.

Chicago, featuring music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, debuted in 1975. The show, about two dangerous and seductive women seeking acquittals for murder, was also choreographed by Fosse and remains one of his crowning achievements.

According to Playbill, the show is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and the second longest-running Broadway production ever, after The Phantom of the Opera.

Last month, Anderson spoke with PEOPLE about taking on the role, acknowledging that performing on Broadway means “no safety nets.”

“I’m like a sponge. I’m just soaking it all in,” she said. “Every single experience has been just wild. I mean, it’s wild to even be here. I have to pinch myself sometimes because it seems so surreal.”

The Barb Wire star added, “I’m so curious to see what I’m made of. Each day, my voice is getting stronger. The choreography is settling in. We’re doing the original choreography — they’re not holding back with me — and I’m just loving it. I’m just eating it up. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I should have been doing this longer!’ But this is the right time.”

“This is the beginning of the rest of my career — maybe,” Anderson continued.

“I needed this right now,” she said. “I feel like this is something I really needed to sink my teeth into. I love to work. I love to work hard. You know what, I kind of thought, ‘Well, I’ll just kick back and take it easy.’ It’s like, ‘Oh no, no, no. I still need to work. I’m not that old yet!’ ”

“I have nothing to lose. I’ve got nothing to live up to and I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m going crazy. I’m going for broke.”

Other big names who have portrayed Roxie onstage over the years include Gwen Verdon — who originated the role in the first production — Ashlee Simpson Ross and Michelle Williams, as well as Renée Zellweger in the 2002 Chicago film adaptation opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones as rival and fellow murderess Velma Kelly.

Anderson can be seen in Chicago for a limited engagement through June 5 at New York City’s Ambassador Theatre.

source: People

Pamela Anderson drives ‘Chicago’ crowd wild

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Can Pamela Anderson sing and dance?!

That’s been the question on everybody’s lips since we first learned the star would be joining the cast of “Chicago” on Broadway.

I can now attest that the actress and “Baywatch” babe moves confidently, carries a tune and, you know, all that jazz.

Anderson, 54, started her eight-week run as foxy Roxie Hart in the musical Tuesday night, and she was greeted with the kind of crowd euphoria that few shows have received during this tricky season — let alone a production that just turned 25 years old.

Her sons, Dylan Jagger Lee and Brandon Thomas Lee, were sitting in the Ambassador Theatre, decked out in their midweek finery, supporting their famous mom.

For Tuesday’s other, non-blood-related ticket-buyers, Pam might as well have been Ethel Merman considering the roars. She was swell, she was great.

It helps that Roxie — a 1920s adulteress who murders her lover and becomes a tabloid darling as she argues self-defense — is the perfect part for the entertainment icon.

Producers Fran and Barry Weissler — whose whole show is in terrific shape — have printed money for decades by cycling out an array of stars in the lead roles.

However, hardly any (save for Melanie Griffith, maybe) know first-hand what it’s like to be front-page news the way Anderson does.

When her Roxie is bombarded by reporters and flashbulbs at the courthouse with her smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn (Ryan Silverman), there’s a world-weary wisdom and a learned darkness to the actress that, intentional or not, separates her from the many Roxies who so often go overboard with squeals and emoting.

Anderson is also very funny. The excited audience occasionally stepped on her laughs with their applause, which is not the worst problem to have. That — and some other wrinkles — will smooth out in a few days.

Anderson sings her big solos — “Funny Honey,” “Roxie” and “Me and My Baby” — just fine. She won’t be headlining Carnegie Hall in September, OK, but she acts the songs with vulnerability and a hint of Marilyn Monroe flirting and hits all the notes.

Great — nobody comes to “Chicago” expecting Adele.

But what any diehard fan of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s musical was waiting for Tuesday was the end of Act 2. There’s a brilliant dance called “Hot Honey Rag.” Original stars Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon performed it on “The Mike Douglas Show,” and you’ve probably seen it in the Oscar-winning film with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger.

With a new role on Broadway, a bio-series about her life and an upcoming Netflix documentary, Pamela Anderson is making a huge comeback.

The audience was holding our collective breath until Anderson tackled that sensual Bob Fosse mirror act with her brassy Velma, Lana Gordon. Could she do it? The number ends with a cartwheel! But when she got there, in front of a gold fringe curtain, she didn’t disappoint.

The lava lamp hips, the octopus arms, the precise footwork, the gymnastic finale — she landed it all. There was a standing ovation after the song, which a quarter century into its run, “Chicago” doesn’t see all that often.

Anderson isn’t channeling Sanford Meisner here, folks, and I’m sure some acting snobs will have their druthers. But there is something to be said about the electricity that comes from pure affection for an actress — especially if she is able to generously return it. And, boy, does she ever.

In “Chicago,” Billy Flynn has a vital lesson for newbie live performers: Just “give ‘em the old razzle dazzle.”

On “razzle dazzle,” Anderson could teach even Billy a thing or two.

source: NY Post

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