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

Pamela Anderson leaves rehearsals in NYC

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She’s less than two weeks away from making her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago.

And on Thursday, Pamela Anderson was spotted leaving rehearsals for the beloved musical in New York City.

The actress/model, 54, strolled through the building’s exit doors in an all-black ensemble consisting of skintight leggings and a turtleneck sweater.

The Baywatch star’s signature bleach blonde hair was styled in a messy bun and she kept the majority of her face concealed behind a pair of sunglasses and a mask.

She had a small black purse in hand and pounded the pavement in a pair of black and white sneakers.

Pamela appeared to be accompanied by a security guard as she left the rehearsal space.

Her stint on stage will run from April 12-June 5 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City.

Speaking to Vogue in March, Pamela shared her excitement over nabbing a leading role on Broadway.

‘I can’t even believe those words! I’ve never had the opportunity to do anything at this level. I’ve always been a dancer and a singer in my head. I just had to do it…it was a leap of faith,’ she gushed to the outlet.

Despite oozing confidence in her numerous film and TV roles, Pamela admitted she couldn’t believe that bosses took a chance on her as she told how the ‘iconic’ production couldn’t have come at a better time for her.

She said: ‘The fact that they gave me a shot to do it is really shocking for me. I always thought I got away with murder in a bikini. I never had to apply myself to anything and at this point in my life, this was something I really needed.’

The star was originally scouted for the part of Roxie Hart a decade ago by the Oscar-winning film adaptation’s director Rob Marshall during a chance encounter on a beach on California.

Pamela told how she turned down the part as she was busy raising teenage sons Brandon Thomas and Dylan Jagger at the time, but she said the time is now right as they’re older and the ‘stars are aligning’.

And while she was initially stunned at the offer and admits she knows that for some her move is ‘unexpected’, Pamela told how she believes she was made for the role as she drew ‘parallels’ between her life and the villainous Roxie.

She explained: ‘I think I’ve been rehearsing my whole life for this. The story and my life are so parallel, I always say…30 years of therapy or just one Broadway show, then I’ll be fine.’

Set in the 1920s, the musical is a scathing satire of how show business and the media make celebrities out of criminals. It has Bob Fosse-inspired choreography, skimpy outfits and killer songs such as ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Cell Block Tango.’

Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to leave her.

To avoid conviction, Roxie hires Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to help her dupe the public, media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by creating shocking headlines.
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Pamela Anderson hits ground running in NYC ahead of Broadway

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Pamela Anderson is in a New York state of mind.

The 54-year-old “Baywatch” bombshell packed three suitcases and left her ranch on Vancouver Island, Canada, last week to come to the Big Apple, where she’s making her Broadway debut April 12 as Roxie Hart in “Chicago.”

She’s already playing the part of a real New Yorker — taking daily jogs in Central Park, incognito.

“That’s how I get my dose of dogs every day, because my dogs couldn’t come to New York,” she told The Post.

And just as Anderson has embraced her adopted home for the next eight weeks, the city has also welcomed her with open arms.

“I do get a lot of that when I walk around … like in the park … People do say, ‘We can’t believe it!’” she said. “You feel like you’re in it together … These incredible people that have reached the pinnacle of their success are just waiting for someone to come in and be successful too.”

Fans will get a chance to get even closer to Anderson, who said she’d “probably” be signing autographs at the stage door of the Ambassador Theatre. “I think it’s all part of it.”

One place fans won’t find her is shopping on Fifth Avenue — that’s because as far as clothes go, she brought vintage items from her sartorial “archives.”

“I just started looking around and Brandon [Lee, Anderson’s son] was like, ‘No mom, all your stuff from the ’90s is in style now. Just go shop in your closet,’” she said. “I’ll probably never shop in a store again.”

To razzle dazzle audiences, Anderson — who’s also adding to her diverse resume by filming a documentary and writing a memoir that she called “my story, finally, from my mouth” — has been dancing up to four hours a day and spending two hours doing voice and acting work. “It’s theater; there’s no days off,” she said. “I’m loving every minute of it, though … I’m scared out of my mind, but I love that feeling.”

She said she will make the iconic role her own — “I have a few little tricks up my sleeve that I’ll pull out” — by just being herself. “I want to see what I’m made of … so I’m pushing it as far as I can, at the risk of [it] being complete humiliation.”

Anderson’s mother, for one, knows her daughter will not fail, and told her, “You’ve been rehearsing for this your entire life.”

source: New York Post

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