Posted by Backstage Baby
April 23, 2012 at 23:00
Hey there Act Breakers!
I don't know what they're drinking over at "Bombshell" rehearsals, but we'll have a double. And then can you give us the number for poison control, please?
First, it looks as if our star-crossed creative team is, unsurprisingly, not long for this world - or at least this project. Julia Houston is MIA yet again, while Tom Levitt and Derek Wills continue to fight, vocally and publicly, about the creative direction of the musical. But according to reports, none of them are in control at all - action star Rebecca "Casual Friday 2" Duvall continues her hostile takeover. Wills reportedly lost his world-famous cool, having punched out a paparazzo and having had a VERY public confrontation with Duvall in the lobby of the New York City building where "Bombshell" rehearses, calling her - and I quote - a "stupid little movie star."
Speaking of Duvall, astute readers already know what she's doing - it's been all over HuffPo, Page 6 and TMZ already, so you don't need Backstage Baby to tell you - but who's this new BFF of hers? Attentive readers will remember none other than Karen Cartwright, aka the unknown from Iowa who came within spitting distance of the Marilyn role mere months ago, and the current understudy. Cartwright was first spotted at one of Brooklyn's hottest clubs, fronting indie band Cooper (at Duvall's insistence), and has since been spotted all over town, including at Indian restaurant 345 - and, yes, the famous smooching shot.
In other "Bombshell" news, Ivy Lynn has managed not only to weasel her way back into the show *cough* Derek Wills' girlfriend *cough* but to have swiped a number from both Duvall and new understudy Cartwright. How does she do it? Besides sleeping with the director, I mean? Maybe she learned something from her superstar mother after all.
And, finally, superproducers Jerry and Eileen Rand have been reunited - not in business or in matrimony, unfortunately, but in an awkward encounter in the lobby at The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Eyewitnesses said they disagreed about the work of a certain Texas-born avant-gardist.