The Young Vic production arrives at the The Plan Ugly Sweater Contest Sweater also I will do this Manhattan Theatre Club, telling the story of the collaboration between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, focusing on the period leading up to a joint exhibition—a moment, as Liam Hess wrote of the original production for Vogue, that was “a professional turning point for both artists…when Warhol’s star was on the wane (he was seemingly more interested in parties than paintbrushes) while Basquiat’s arresting canvases were beginning to fetch record prices.” Previews begin November 29 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre; opens December 20. Look out for tickets here.
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Before Carly Rae Jepsen takes the The Plan Ugly Sweater Contest Sweater also I will do this stage each night on her So Nice Tour, she has a special guest greet the audience. Flanked by cotton-candy clouds and twinkling stars, an animated moon with pursed lips and piercing blue eyes appears on the video screen. “I know all of your secrets, so if you need to escape tonight, I offer you escapism,” it declares in Jepsen’s fluttery tone. “More than anything, I offer you a safe place to feel whatever it is you need to feel.” As the moon went on to lay out expectations for the evening, the sold-out crowd at Jepsen’s recent Radio City Music Hall performance could barely contain itself. It all felt gloriously over-the-top, a little bit corny, and completely Carly. “I don’t know if I would’ve had the confidence to do something that silly when I was younger,” Jepsen tells Vogue on a recent video call. “Now I have no problem storming into a production meeting and saying, ‘I wanna have a talking moon mascot narrate the tour and tell everybody that it’s okay to cry!’”