Sacrilege: Alternate Opening Credits For “Sex And The City” Sans Tutu & Splash

Imagine an opening credits of Sex and the City without our heroine Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) wearing a tasteful tutu and getting splashed by a bus?

(Of course, I was always asking: “Who is the hot guy in the black shirt in the background?”)

It turns out there is a never-before-seen alternate opening sequence with “Carrie” wearing a lovely (boring) blue dress walking down the street, and no splash.

From EW:

“There were two wardrobes. One was the tutu, and we did one pass where Sarah Jessica was wearing a blue dress and didn’t get splashed; instead, she trips when she sees the ad,” creator Darren Star recalls to EW of filming in March 1998 on Fifth Avenue near Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel. “In my mind, it was a nod to The Dick Van Dyke Show, but we didn’t use it. It’s in the archives.” Nearly 20 years since SATC debuted, Parker, Star, and costume designer Patricia Field recall the opening that could have been.

Field found the now iconic tutu, featured in the title sequence as we know it, in a $5 bin on a showroom floor and re-created four versions of it. “It was very difficult for the producers to understand the tutu,” says Field. “Sarah Jessica and I were fighting for it, and Darren said, ‘Okay, but I want other outfits as possibilities.’” Looking back, Star can’t imagine a tutu-less Carrie — and frankly, neither can we. “It was such a brilliant choice because, in a way, Carrie’s dancing through her life in New York,” he says.

Here’s the footage (there’s no sound, so don’t turn up your volume):

And, of course, here’s the original we all came to know and love for 6 seasons:

(h/t NewNowNext)

Sarah Jessica Parker & Anna Wintour critique the men of the Met Gala

Normally, it’s the women’s attire which gets the critique at big gala events.

But Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, stop by Late Night with Seth Meyers to discuss which male celebrities did and did not adhere to the “White Tie” dress code of this year’s Met Gala.

A few of the comments:

• Tom Brady: “He obviously did not look at the invitation.”

• Jake Gyllenhaal: “Brooklyn White Tie.”

• Hugh Jackman: “My understanding is this is called ‘White Tropical Dinner Jacket.’”

• Bradley Cooper: “If you read your Emily Post — which I know you do, Seth — his studs are onyx and they should’ve been mother of pearl.”

Watch the clip below, and read more at OUT.

“The Commons of Pensacola” starring Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker

To celebrate my husband Michael’s birthday, we saw the terrific new play by Amanda Peet – “The Commons of Pensacola”  – starring Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

My one word review would be “GO!”

Artfully crafted, this stunning debut play by Amanda Peet is deceptively complex.  Based loosely around the “idea” of what Bernie Madoff’s family may have experienced after he stole billions from investors, this play isn’t about the money but the dynamic of betrayal in a family stuck in dysfunction.

Blythe Danner is, not surprisingly, fantastic in the role of mother
“Judith.” Blythe’s talent never disappoints.  Like all of her work, her
performance was layered with charm, nuance, an informing sense of physicality,
intelligence and an innate vulnerability.

And Sarah Jessica Parker brings both light and dark to the
role of “Becca.”  She is both penetrating and poignant as she questions the family around her. The entire cast is very strong, handling the delicate material
beautifully.

At one point, four of the lead characters find themselves in the same room facing betrayal – but four different betrayals.  Director Lynne Meadow guides the play with a deft hand, unfolding the story in a manner that begins light-hearted and soon comes to bear on the drama underneath.

Excellent work was also on display by lighting designer by Jason Lyons, whose design was sensitive and fluid.

We were lucky that an audience “talk-back” was scheduled after the performance, so we stayed and listened to the cast elaborate on their own approach to the material and questions by the audience on their thoughts and opinions.  Really insightful and interesting to hear both sides of a “theater equation” takes away from the experience.

I was fortunate to work with Blythe in the first Broadway revival of
Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” in 2001.  I was already a big fan of her
work, and loved watching her Tony Award nominated performance up close. 
We’ve stayed in touch over the years and I knew I couldn’t miss this
performance. 

Afterward, Blythe was great to take a few minutes (on a two show day already!) to chat and wish Michael ‘happy birthday.’ 

The play is only scheduled to run through January 26, 2014.  Considering the excellent reviews and the strong box office, I’m hoping the play moves to Broadway for an open-ended run.  The cast, director, playwright and story all deserve to be seen.

GO!

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Blythe Danner (far left) speaks at a “talkback” with the cast (Sarah Jessica Parker 2nd from right) and audience of “The Commons of Pensacola”

With Blythe Danner after her performance in “The Commons of Pensacola”

Michael, Blythe Danner and I backstage after her performance in “The Commons of Pensacola”