Category Archives: The Heiress

Nominate Jessica for Broadway.com Audience Award!

You can nominate Jessica for the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for her role in “The Heiress” by voting online. She is currently on the shortlist for Favorite Actress in a Play, Favorite Breakthrough Performance and Favorite Onstage Pair with her co-star Dan Stevens. Be sure to go to Broadway.com and nominate her, voting will close tomorrow.

The Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards are special because they’re voted on by the theater’s biggest cheerleaders: its fans. With a bevy of stars, an amazing view of Central Park and a great sense of humor, it’s also the biggest party of the year. The 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards will be held on Sunday, May 5 at The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center.

“The Heiress” can also be nominated in other categories including Favorite Play Revival, Favorite Actor in a Play.

The Walter Kerr Theater Arrivals Additions

We added a batch of photos of of Jessica arriving at the The Walter Kerr Theater in New York for “The Heiress”. Jessica did her final performance of the play on February 9.

“The Heiress” Recoups Investment

THR is reporting that “The Heiress” will recoup it’s investments.

NEW YORK — Producers of The Heiress have announced that the Broadway revival will recoup its $3 million capitalization during its final week of performances. The limited run closes Feb. 9.

Adapted by Ruth and Augustus Goetz from the Henry James novel Washington Square, the 1947 play stars Jessica Chastain as the socially awkward daughter of a well-heeled but emotionally cold doctor in 19th century New York. Directed by Moises Kaufman, the production also stars David Strathairn, Dan Stevens and Judith Ivey.

The play drew mixed reviews but has posted steady if unspectacular grosses since opening on Nov. 1. Publicity from Chastain’s Oscar-nominated performance in Zero Dark Thirty helped bolster box office in recent weeks, along with the start of season three of Downton Abbey, in which Stevens plays the central role of Matthew Crawley.

Lead producers on The Heiress are Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland. While closing date of the limited engagement was originally scheduled for Feb. 10, the show will shutter a day early to allow Chastain to attend the BAFTA Awards in London on Sunday. She is nominated for best actress for Zero Dark Thirty, which is also up for best film.

The recoupment announcement makes The Heiress one of a very small handful of profitable new shows to debut so far in the 2012-13 Broadway season.

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The Walter Kerr Theater Arrivals

So, this is a special update asked by a few loyal visitors, and after some consideration, I decided to do it. Let me explain: as you have noticed, we don’t post ‘stalkerazzi‘ pictures here. What does it mean? Well, pictures taken while Jessica isn’t working. I saw already some gorgeous pictures of her shopping, with friends, walking around with Chaplin, but decided do not post. They’re personal, simply like that.

This ones was a big interrogation for me, because she’s arriving/leaving the Walter Kerr theater, so technically she’s working, right? No? I’m not sure yet. But I post pictures of her arrivals at interviews, so basically it’s the same thing.

So, after some requests, here’s the pictures. Over 700 HQ pictures of her most recent arrivals has been added, and there’s more pictures to be sorted. Enjoy it.

Missing “The Heiress” Performances for Award Season

Jessica announced on her official facebook page that she will miss 3 performances of “The Heiress” on Broadway in January due to appearances for Award Season.

I hope everyone is having a beautiful holiday surrounded by their loved ones. My family flew into NY so we could all be together. It’s been wonderful to have them here. I feel very grateful to have so much love in my life, and yes, that includes all of you. I wanted to give you all a heads up regarding the schedule for The Heiress – I will NOT be performing January 10th, 13th, and 27th, I’ll be supporting Zero Dark Thirty at the Critic’s Choice, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards. My Fantastic understudy will perform the role of Catherine. If you’ve bought tickets for those dates, the theatre will exchange them for you. Sorry if this inconveniences anyone. Much love xxjes

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“The Heiress” Broadway box office report

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that “The Heiress” earned $583,852 for it’s opening week.

Judging by the crowds snapping photos of themselves with giant cast posters outside the Walter Kerr Theatre, the biggest draw to the acclaimed new Broadway revival of The Heiress isn’t Oscar-nominated movie star Jessica Chastain but her British costar Dan Stevens, a.k.a. Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey. The high-powered duo (pictured above with costar David Strathairn, center) certainly seem to be luring fans to the Great White Way. In its first full week of performances since its Nov. 1 opening, their period drama earned an impressive $583,852 for the week ending Nov. 11, according to figures from The Broadway League. That’s 68 percent of the venue’s potential gross, a particularly strong figure for a straight play.

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Good Morning America Interview – Video

We added the video of Jessica and Dan Stevens’s Good Morning America appearance in our media archive. So now you can (re)watch their interview if you want.

Jessica Chastain talks about opening night of her new play ‘The Heiress’

Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain has a big role in the upcoming hunt-for-bin-Laden movie Zero Dark Thirty, but right now her focus is on a revival of the play The Heiress, which is open now at New York City’s Walter Kerr Theatre. Why is Chastain taking to the stage right when her movie career is skyrocketing? The actress recently told EW that the part was just too good to pass up. “When they sent me this script it was the day of [2011 espionage drama] The Debt‘s premiere, and I thought, ‘Oh, I’m not sure if i want to go do a play right now.’ But I read the part and I felt a connection to her and I knew I wanted to do it. If they had sent me the script to make it as a film I would have done it as a film. I always follow the character. To me it doesn’t matter the medium.”

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Excerpt: “The Heiress” On Broadway

Check out a scene of Jessica and Dan on stage for “The Heiress” at the opening night:

Review: Jessica Chastain doesn’t shine in the title role in ‘The Heiress’ and that’s OK

NEW YORK — The latest revival of “The Heiress” has done the near impossible — it’s drained the light from one of the most luminous actresses working today. In a good way.

Jessica Chastain, that ravishing redhead with the milky skin who shot a dose of bubbly charm to the film “The Help,” turns almost ghoulish in the title role at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which appropriately opened Thursday, the day after Halloween.

Chastain had her work cut out for her playing the “plain” Henry James heroine Catherine Sloper — “an entirely mediocre and defenseless creature with not a shred of poise” — forced to choose between a potentially gold-digging suitor and her aloof father, but the actress has seemingly scrubbed all beauty from her face and voice.

What’s left is a skittish woman with hollow eyes, a simply horrible hostess who, when she speaks, does so in a dull monotone. Even her hair looks mousy. Full credit goes to Chastain, who has buried herself in dullness to play one of theater’s more formidable proto-feminist roles. Continue reading