Grace Gummer decorates, Katharine McPhee works a draped dress and more sensational moments | Broadway Buzz
In the eighth episode of NBC’s Sparkling Broadway soap opera To break, entitled “The Coup”, the workshop for Marilyn the musical may be over, but the drama has only just begun. Like Ivy (Megan Hilty) waits for word that she landed her dream gig, her lover / director Derek (Jack Davenport) goes behind her back, enlisting Karen (Katharine McPhee) to help give Marilyn Monroe a 21st century makeover (which means dancing naked, of course). Meanwhile, Eileen (Anjelica Huston) continues to fight (without cocktails) her ex-husband Jerry (Michael Cristofer) for money with the help of her holy daughter Katie (guest star Grace Gummer) and her settles into his chic but stripped-down apartment on the Lower East Coast.
Fastest Home Makeover: The chroniclerGrace Gummer from town comes to town as Eileen’s daughter Katie, otherwise known as “Mahatma Katie” because according to Tom (Christian Borle), this girl is “a saint”. After $ 3 million in her trust fund, Katie realizes Warbucks daddy has to “play” with his mom. Unable to convince Jerry to give Eileen “money to live”, Katie uses her international flair (and cash) to decorate her mother’s dig (Anthropology, anyone?) Overnight before surrendering in Alaska to count wild salmon and save the world’s salmon. hideous pillow at once.
Best definition of a producer: Until now, Ellis (Jaime Cepero) has simply been an opportunist with more passion for eavesdropping than romance with his girlfriend, Cyn (Condola Rashad). But the backstabbing assistant finally revealed his true ambition: to become a producer. Forget Tom, the man who gave him a chance: “He’s an artist, he’s a loser,” Ellis smirked. “Ivy too, she’s working her ass for this workshop and nobody even called her or the time of day.” Artists are treated like dirt. I want to be a producer. And what are the producers doing, Cyn asks? “I’m figuring this out,” Ellis replies blithely.
Most Joy-Elastic number: While Ivy Lynn, Bobby (Wesley Taylor) and the rest of the ensemble wait to see if the Marilyn the musical is “dead”, the gang decides to let off steam with a few balls at the Brooklyn Bowl. Cue Sly and “Dance to the Music” by Family Stone. Suddenly To break enters Joy mode while the crew forgo bowling etiquette and the rules all together, dancing the aisles, twirling on furniture and singing in the overhanging lights. Bring the slushies!
The biggest Idol Link: Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic is playing the role of himself and working hard on “Touch Me,” the “21st Century Fox” song by Eileen and Derek, aka their new improved Marilyn musical. Ryan calls himself a Karen fan after hearing his track ‘Brighter Than the Sun’ for elusive music mogul Bobby Raskin, but in real life Ryan clearly has a soft spot for American Idol Nominees: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has produced hits for former Idols Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks.
The strangest take on Marilyn: Derek is determined to give Marilyn a serious makeover, boring Tom and Julia (Debra Messing). In order to make the character more “contemporary,” he enlists Karen, and despite her initial hesitation, the girl from Iowa quickly throws ethics out the window. Told by Derek to “not be afraid of sex” Karen ends up in a sheet / dress singing “Touch Me” on a bed surrounded by freaky men. The Phantom of the Opera masks. (Clearly, the new Marilyn is a brunette with a penchant for self-tuning, cage beds, and euro-trash video concepts.) After her routine fails to get either Tom or Julia to move, Karen cannot pronounce than the word “sorry”, which pretty much sums it up at the top.