Jackman, Avenue Q, Banderas, Izzard Make Entertainment Weekly's "It List"

News   Jackman, Avenue Q, Banderas, Izzard Make Entertainment Weekly's "It List" Theatre people — and stars such as Hugh Jackman, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Izzard, making their Broadway debuts — earned spots on the annual 2003 "It List" of Entertainment Weekly, the pop culture mag.

"It" man Hugh Jackman.
"It" man Hugh Jackman.

Jackman, who is set to star in Broadway upcoming musical bio of Peter Allen The Boy From Oz, dons the current cover of the June 27-July 4 double issue.

The annual "It list" tribute consist of "a collection of 100 creative types among whose work sparks passion..." Honored as the "It Leading Man," Jackman's blurb makes mention of his upcoming Broadway debut, his turning down of the role of Billy Flynn in the movie version of "Chicago" (felt he was too young) and quotes advice by his Oklahoma! director Trevor Nunn ("never do it for the money...").

Spanish heartthrob Banderas is EW's "It Ingenue." The actor made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning revival of Nine, snagging a Tony nom himself. Featured prominently in the "It Stage" section, Banderas states his wish to return to The Great White Way — possibly with wife and soon-to-be Chicago star, Melanie Griffith.

British comedian Izzard showed New York his acting chops in his Broadway debut in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Known for his popular stand-up shows including "Dress To Kill," the cross-dressing Izzard is deemed "It Drama Queen."

Soon to make their Broadway debut following a successful run Off-Broadway, the puppets of Avenue Q are the "It Inanimates." Inhabitants of the street created by composer-lyricists Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, where puppets and people live and sing in harmony, the Rick Lyon creations with "no lower bodies" include Princeton, Rod, Nicky, Trekkie Monster, Kate Monster, Bad Idea Bears and Lucy T. Slut. Other theatre-related "It" people include:

 

 

  • Gypsy star Tammy Blanchard - "It Ecdysiast" (that's stripteaser)
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  • Rent castmember Frenchie Davis - "It Bootee"
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  • Neil LaBute die-hard Paul Rudd (The Shape of Things, bash) - "It 7th Friend"
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  • Chicago Mama Angie Stone - "It Diva"
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  • Treat Williams (Follies,"Hair") - "It Father"
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  • Patricia Clarkson (Eastern Standard) - "It Workaholic"
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  • "Chicago" (movie) Mama Queen Latifah - "It Royalty"
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  • "Chicago" screenplay scribe Bill Condon ("Kinsey" with Crucible stars Liam Neeson and Laura Linney) - "It Script"
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  • Kathy Bates ('night, Mother) - "It Movie Improver" The "It List" will be featured in a half-hour television special, ''MTV Presents: Entertainment Weekly's It List,'' June 27 at 10 PM (ET). Check your local listings.