Friday, April 12, 2024

Tom Hanks, Cuba Gooding Wear Shorts When Broadway Shows Are Over


Broadway: you do think of stars meeting after their shows, in black and white, dressed in smoking jackets and gowns. But you know, it’s 2013 and it’s hot out. After the early—7pm — curtain last night, most stars headed to Bar Centrale and Joe Allen’s for a snack and an anecdote before getting ready for a two show Wednesday.

Such was the case last night at Bar Centrale as cargo- short wearers Tom Hanks and Cuba Gooding, Jr.– fresh from standing ovations at “Lucky Guy” and “The Trip to Bountiful”–commandeered back tables with friends. “Look, he’s wearing shorts so it’s all right,” Gooding declared to his friend and lawyer Peter Toumbekis as Hanks regaled his table with a funny story.

And the back of the room was packed, too: Stephen Schwartz, the amazing composer of “Pippin” had six guests including Jane Lynch, who’s wowing them in “Annie.” Across from that group Best Musical of 2006 “The Drowsy Chaperone” had a mini-reunion with Lisa Lambert, Don McKellar and friends. In the front room, on the famous corner table, were Tony winner Janet McTeer having a drink with old friend, Christopher McDonald (who plays Eddie Hayes  in “Lucky Guy” so beautifully).

And there were more: just not to tip things over, Patricia Clarkson along with Stanley Tucci and his wife Kate decided to eat downstairs at Joe Allen’s — to keep the distribution of celebrities in balance. At one point everyone converged on the sidewalk and guess what? No paparazzi or photogs of any kind. The Tucci’s grabbed a cab, and Stanley yelled back, “I’ll call you from Detroit” to Clarkson.


“Michael Bay!” he shouted back. And another “Transformers” movie begins…

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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