Harry Potter's done it. So has Nicole Kidman. And practically the entire cast of the 2009 revival of Hair. This season it's Emilia Clarke's nakedness in Breakfast At Tiffany's that has whipped theatergoers into a frenzy. So much so that audience members are shooting pictures with their phones and (probably) .gif-ing and Vine-ing the moment, walking away with their own form of show merch. And, sidenote, Clarke has already shed her clothes (several times, in fact) on the HBO series Game of Thrones. Google, people. Google.
Let's face it, nakedness equals instant audience attention. But you know what's harder? Winning over a Wednesday matinee crowd, fully clothed. These are the top five moments of the Broadway season (so far) that got us all hot and bothered.
5. Never work with children or animals: it's an old showbiz truism, but one that Dan Lauria, John Bolton, Erin Dilly, and Caroline O'Connor learned the hard way from nine-year-old Luke Spring in A Christmas Story, the Musical. The pint-sized hoofer didn't have a principal role (heck, he barely had lines), but he stole the show with a jaw-dropping tap solo. We would love to see it again, but mostly we just want to see him go toe-to-toe in a dance-off with these kids. We see a Step Up movie is someone's future…
4. We thought we knew everything about theater magic. Breakaway clothes, quick change rooms set up just off-stage, even on stage changes with the help of other cast members. But this. This is something else. In Cinderella, on stage quick changes happen in a blink and you'll miss the moment. But the crowning glory of the quick change, the millisecond when the crown is placed on Ella's head, is totally undetectable. How do they do it? But if we find out that tiara is filled with real magic, we're totally pulling one of these.
3. Emilia Clarke may be the newest "sexy chick" on Broadway, but let's not forget that Scarlett Johansson is still charming the pants off audiences nightly with her growly Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The apex of her performance is when she directs the following shouted order to her husband's dead (and probably gay) best friend: "Skippah! Stop luuuving mah huuusband!" Someone should really capture this moment on video, and then put it on a loop for 10 minutes, kind of like this. Not only would such a video be utterly fabulous, but it would nicely underscore the next installation art piece in the lobby of TheaterMania HQ.
2. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is like a box of chocolates—You never know what you're gonna get. So you should consider yourself one lucky theater-goer if you happened to catch the show on a night when Chita Rivera walks off into the sunset covered arm in covered arm with 14-year-old Nicholas Barasch. Nothing can warm the cockles of your heart more than this adorable little ‘tween red-head getting his moment in the spotlight.
1. After all of the Hollywood-caliber Broadway drama that unfolded over the past few weeks, who didn't want to be a fly on the wall during those first few Orphans rehearsals when Shia LaBeouf was still "making his Broadway debut"? Though we'd have to steer clear of a few punches, the private emails leaked via Twitter indicate that LaBeouf left a pretty stellar performance in the rehearsal room. To mildly assuage all of our curiosities, we do have access to his (extremely clothed) hour-long audition video so we can have a look at what might have been—sans Alec Baldwin of course.