Sunday, April 21, 2024

Jessica Chastain Will Miss Three Broadway Performances for Awards Shows


If you’ve paid $700 to see stars at the National Board of Review dinner next Tuesday (Jan 8), I think you’re guaranteed one will be very very late to the program if she gets there at all. Jessica Chastain, who won Best Actress from the fan based fee-mandated group for her work in “Zero Dark Thirty” has a 7pm curtain on Broadway that night for “The Heiress.” She’s been giving knockout performances for weeks.

And she will be there without fail. The show is three hours long, which is exhausting. The earliest Chastain could make it might be 10:30pm, by which time many NBR members may be tucked into their beds. And who knows how she’ll feel, considering “The Heiress” has two shows on Wednesday.

A featured Broadway player–even with awards to attend to–can only take so many nights off or disappoint ticket holders.  The red haired beauty will miss three performances, however: she’ll  be replaced by her capable understudy only on  January 10th and 13th, to accommodate the Critics Choice Awards on the 10th (on the CW Network, live, 8pm Eastern), the Golden Globes on Sunday January 13th (infamously on NBC) and then the Screen Actors Guild Awards (TNT)  on January 27th.

And yes, this does suggest that she will fly back to New York right after the Critics Choice Awards, do a show on Friday, two on Saturday, then fly back to L.A. for the Globes, and then fly back to New York on Monday. Whew!

Chastain is in a heavy race with Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) as the front runners for Best Actress this year. But they will likely split the winnings at the Globes, where Chastain should get the prize for Drama, and Lawrence for Comedy/Musical.

PS Even with the absences, “The Heiress” is a hit, and worth a visit if you can get tickets. The show closes February 10th, giving Jessica enough time to prepare for Oscar night.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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