Over the past few years, Royce Reed has made it clear that she will not be pigeonholed as “just” a reality star. As one of the original castmembers of Basketball Wives, she’s struck out on her own to author a book series (College Girls), run a dance company, and work on her acting career, and now fans can actually see her on stage in New York City getting that acting career off the ground. Reed will be starring in the long-running play Platanos Y Collard Greens from February 10-18. To check out Royce live on stage, you can buy tickets here, and to see her on screeen, tune in to Basketball Wives‘ season premiere on February 20.
La La Vasquez has put her Full Court Life on display for the world to see for the past few months on her VH1 series, but next month she’ll conquer the New York stage, too.
When we spoke to La La last month, she revealed to us that she’s working hard on her acting career and has been busy rehearsing for the Off-Broadway show Love, Loss And What I Wore, which she’ll star in from October 5-30. Tickets for the show, which is written by Nora and Delia Ephron, and features a revolving cast of amazing actresses like AnnaLynne McCord, Minka Kelly, and Rumer Willis, are on sale now if you want to check out La La showing off her acting chops next month!
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Before Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark even held its first preview performance last November, it had the notorious distinction of being one of the most troubled productions ever to hit the Great White Way. The $65 million-plus show had been languishing in development since 2002 and, after a number of delays, had lost two of its biggest stars, Evan Rachel Wood and the Tony Award winning Alan Cumming (who were set to play Mary Jane Watson and the Green Goblin, respectively). Things got worse, though, as soon as the play opened to the public; critics savaged the material, jokes about the production became an unending supply of grist for the late night comedy mill, and, worst of all, multiple performers ended up in the hospital following horrible on-stage injuries.
Yet, as cliché tells us, the show must go on! Except this time, it didn’t. Production of the show –which, it should be noted, was breaking Broadway box office gross records at the time– halted in March when the visionary creator and director of the play, Julie Taymor, was unceremoniously booted from the project after she resisted making wholesale changes to the show that the producers were internally describing “Plan X.” As The Edge, who co-wrote the music and songs with his U2 bandmate Bono, told the New York Times today, “When Plan X was presented, [Taymor] said: ‘That could never be achieved in a three-week period. You’d need months to do that, and it probably won’t work anyway for X, Y, and Z reasons.’ At that moment, when that was her response, the producers felt that whatever Julie would do with a hiatus was more of a polishing job than a top-to-bottom rethink of the show.” Even Bono admitted that “the first time I loved the play was two-and-a-half weeks ago.”
Why do we bring all this up? Well, after Spidey was benched back in April while the show underwent heavy top-to-bottom reconstruction, the revamped Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark finally opened at the Foxwoods Theater tonight (and the official soundtrack, featuring new songs from Bono and The Edge, also hit shelves today; it’s currently sitting at #12 on iTunes Top Albums chart). Luckily for us, we were invited to a sneak preview of the retooled extravaganza last week, and you know what?
IT WAS VERY EXCITING!