If someone had told me a year ago that the biggest event of the Broadway season would be Pamela Anderson, I would have said, “You’ve had enough! I interrupt you.”
And yet, like Roxie Hart’s, her name is – the role she will play in the musical “Chicago”. from April 12th – is on everyone’s lips in Shubert Alley.
After the casting of Anderson, 54, was announced this week, there was a slew of supportive media coverage for the 25-year-old production. Fans are dizzy. Online commentators flattered, not ridiculed. Tickets are selling well. And a friend who used to work in the theater business plans to fly in from Denver just for Pam.
That’s because she’s an iconic entertainment figure. The 1990s personified. Wall art for millions of Millennials and Gen X guys.
Who doesn’t love Pamela Anderson?
And now we live in a golden age for the gold-haired bombshell. The former Baywatch babe and Playboy Playmate is enjoying a career and reputation rebirth after a years-long absence.
The ‘Chicago’ news comes as viewers around the world tune in to ‘Pam & Tommy” the acclaimed Hulu show about the burglary and sale of her famous sex tape with rocker ex-husband Tommy Lee. And there is a long-running Netflix documentary – in which she took part – on the way.
It all feels good, doesn’t it? Like finding a missing piece of the puzzle under the couch – Pam’s back. She hasn’t directed a film or TV show since 2018, and her work in the years before that has often involved silly cameos. After the break in “Chicago,” Roxie tells the audience, “I’m going to get a great second act.” When Anderson says those lines on stage next month, she’ll be speaking for herself too.
Our fond memories of the actress began to resurface with “Pam & Tommy,” which Anderson didn’t endorse.
Starring the fantastic Lily James, the show looks at Pam’s ordeal through a feminist lens, much like how Monica Lewinsky, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears have all been re-examined in recent years. It portrays the theft and release of the sextape as a major trauma for Anderson – an intelligent woman who dreamed of a quiet family life was robbed and wronged. That idiot is Jay Leno Portrayed by Adam Ray as a Gargamel-like villain because of Leno’s exploitative “Tonight Show” interview. Gotta love that!
Anderson doesn’t star in it himself, but the miniseries is a win for her. And a much needed one at that.
The actress has become better known for her in recent years bizarre friendship with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — a duo as likely as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in “Twins” — and their plea Getting ex-President Trump to pardon him. (He didn’t.) Though the star, who has two sons with Lee, has said she “loves” Assange, he has always denied any romance with him; Her 13-month marriage to bodyguard Dan Hayhurst, her fifth, ended in January.
Her private life is fun, sure, but I prefer speaking the performer Pam to Pam speaking on behalf of an Australian spy suspect.
Now comes Chicago. Can Anderson sing or dance? YouTube taught me she can sing a convincing “Santa Baby”. Live on stage – and for Roxie, that’s really all you need. Renée Zellweger has not released any album of pop hits. As for dancing, running on the beach is harder than it looks. (Mark my words, she’s going to be the biggest draw for straight men on Broadway since Bruce Springsteen.)
This is a wonderful moment for her. For the next two months on Broadway, big names like Daniel Craig, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Billy Crystal will be gracing the Midtown marquee.
But everyone is talking about Pamela Anderson.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/09/pamela-anderson-heads-to-broadway-in-well-deserved-second-act/ Pamela Anderson takes to Broadway in a well-deserved second act