08:07 PM EDT 12/18/2014
Originally posted 05/10/2012 05:55AM
Topher Grace brought out an impressive crowd Monday when he made his professional stage debut during opening night of Paul Weitz's comedic Off-Broadway play Lonely, I'm Not at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre in New York City.
Grace's The Wedding costar Robert DeNiro came out to see the show, along with Susan Sarandon and Veep actress Anna Chlumsky.
DeNiro didn't exactly manage to go unnoticed, an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Robert almost bulldozed an elderly lady on his way into the theatre to avoid photographers," the source said.
DeNiro, Sarandon (sans regular companion Jonathan Bricklin) and Chlumsky each arrived separately to watch Grace star as Porter, a man who is giving life another chance after going through the ups and downs of romance and career. Olivia Thirlby also stars in the play, as an ambitious young businesswoman who comes into Porter's life while overcoming emotional obstacles of her own.
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 04/30/2012 02:35PM
Usher got a run for his money when Justin Bieber challenged him to a dance-off during his performance on the off-Broadway show, Fuerza Bruta, Friday night.
"It was a total surprise, and it was so cool," said a member in the audience.
Usher performed in the show and debuted songs from his upcoming album Looking for Myself. Bieber was there to support his mentor, but the singer surprised him by coming into the audience and smashing a confetti-filled prop onto his head. They hugged and Bieber then started an impromptu dance-off.
The verdict is out on who won, but Bieber seemed to be into Usher's moves, and the young singer later Tweeted, "@usherraymondiv U KILLED IT yesterday."
Meanwhile, Usher showed off his skills again the following night when he performed as a man running on a treadmill. He also thanked the cast and crew privately backstage after his final performance.
– Carlos Greer
Originally posted 01/10/2012 05:55AM
Halle Berry and boyfriend Olivier Martinez shared a quiet date night at Iris, Cirque du Soleil's film-history-themed show at L.A.'s Kodak Theatre. Berry, who is recovering from a broken foot, was wearing her boot-style cast and was very low-key, a source says, as she took in the performance. The same night, the two stopped by Katsuya Hollywood for a private dinner in the Dragon Room. The couple, who didn't have a reservation and just walked into the restaurant, had a "relaxing night together," an onlooker tells us.
Originally posted 12/21/2011 05:55AM
Apparently you're never too young for a little ballet: Natalie Portman and 6-month old son Aleph attended the premiere of Benjamin Millepied's latest pieces at the Opera de Lyon in Lyon, France. The two came in "just after the curtain," a theatergoer tells us, "and stood in the aisle by the back row." Portman was holding her son and he was smiling and gazing at the stage. Afterward, the casually-dressed actress brought her son backstage to congratulate his father. – Peter Mikelbank
Originally posted 11/22/2011 05:55AM
Christian Bale spent quality time with his family in Las Vegas – taking in Cirque du Soleil's Ka at the MGM Grand with his wife Sibi and their daughter. The group enjoyed popcorn and water during the performance before heading backstage to meet the cast. According to a source, the Dark Knight Rises actor was very complimentary and gracious during the backstage meet and greet. – Mark Gray
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