Jay Manuel and Deborah Cox - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) hosts the 18th annual Bergh Ball at The Plaza Hotel - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 9th April 2015
Deborah Cox - Shots of a host of stars as they arrived for the opening night of Broadway musical Gigi which was held at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 9th April 2015
While the family of Whitney Houston chose not to attend the première of the late singer's biopic, the cast and various celebrities were seen in attendance.
It would probably be an understatement to say that Whitney Houston was a beloved musician. The singer, actress and model has been often hailed as the most awarded musician of all time, and whether you listen to her songs as part of the soundtrack for a critically-polarising movie or while dancing the year away on 31st December each year, Houston is still the only artist to have seven consecutive top charting singles.
In the upcoming Lifetime biopic, 'Whitney', the life of the performer and her relationship with husband Bobby Brown, is charted from the days of her humble church choir beginnings up until her tragic death from a combination of heart failure and drowning at the guest room of The Beverly Hilton. Coincidently, just a few blocks away from the site of her death stands The Paley Centre for Media - the site of the premiere for 'Whitney'.
Continue reading: The Stars Come Out At The Whitney Houston Biopic Première [Photos]
Former lead singer of The Cheetah Girls Adrienne Bailon was among the many celebrity arrivals at the 2014 Fresh Air Fund Gala which took place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York. She was certainly an eye-catching arrival with her sheer-panelled red dress and long hair slicked back.
'Pirates of the Caribbean' star Orlando Bloom is snapped leaving a New York theatre following his debut Broadway performance as Romeo in the opening night of 'Romeo and Juliet'. He can be seen signing programmes for the awaiting fans and even stopping to sign the odd ones he missed as he walks away.
Broadway's latest production of Jekyll & Hyde received mixed reviews.
Jekyll & Hyde – the revived Broadway adaptation, which first premiered sixteen years ago, opened last night (April 18th) for a new theatrical engagement on Broadway. The original musical and the revival are based on the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and tells the story of the quiet, repressed Dr. Jekyl, whose experiments lead him to accidentally channel the dark parts of his personality into an alternate version of himself – Mr. Hyde.
The reviews are in for the musical’s revival and it looks like most critics have nothing but praise for the adaptation. While some, like the Associated Press’s Mark Kennedy don’t pass up the opportunity to comment on the production’s camp factor, there is also a lot to be said about the stars’ - Award nominee Constantine Maroulis and Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox – stunning performances. Charles Inglewood of The New York Times calls Maroulis’s portrayal of Jeckyl “satuesque and beautiful” and praises Cox’s “suffering dignity”. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter calls to attention the excesses of director Jeff Calhoun’s production, but also comments on the way it redeems itself through the stars’ solid acting choices and impressive voices. Entertainment Weekly's Melissa Rose Bernardo on the other hand, was less kind, calling the production "head-scratchingly, laughably, even painfully bad".
The general opinion seems to be that “Jekyl and Hyde” makes no qualms about what it is – an overly-dramatic, sometimes campy, steampunk styled version of the classic tale. But if that’s your cup of tea, it is certainly done well here.
Continue reading: Is Jekyll & Hyde Really 'Laughably, Painfully Bad'?