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

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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