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God save the people

So, by now you’ve all heard about The Book of Mormon on Broadway.

Winner of 9 Tony awards, including Best Musical.  Recipient of nary a bad review.

Well, get ready.

Obviously, I’m not gonna trash the show.  I’ve seen it twice.  It was a religious experience…the good kind.

What I do want to complain about is the barrage of celebrity backstage visits at BOM — with accompanying pics that get tweeted out into the stratosphere ad nauseam.

Case in point:  Katie Couric went to see BOM recently.  Early the next morning, she was tweeting all about it, with a link to a photo of her with the entire cast on stage. And is she holding a rose as well?

Talk about overkill.

Even the BOM producers bragged when Oprah descended upon the show this past Saturday night.  They immediately posted pics on their Facebook page.

Show lead Andrew Rannells tweeted out a snap with the goddess herself and Gayle, saying “I have no words for this.”

Well…isn’t that special.

Now, I get as star struck as the next person, but in this instance, I have to cry FOUL.

Ever since the show was declared “the musical of the century” by The New York Times, BOM tix have been near impossible to procure by mere mortals like you and me.  Celebs are a different story altogether.

If anything, the backstage and onstage photos ops should be given to Joe and Jane Nobody — not the folks who are already breathing the rarefied air in the premium seats.

Come on, BOM — God is watching.

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Chosen family

Yet another perk of living in New York City…

You get to hang out with the cast of Modern Family on a rainy Monday night.

I wasn’t quite as close as the photo implies.  This pic was taken backstage at Inside the Actors Studio.  Sofia Vergara posted it on Twitter soon after the taping was complete.

It shows Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Vergara, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, and Julie Bowen — everyone but Ed O’Neill, who also appeared on the show.  (Perhaps he took the photo.)

In the Actors Studio tradition, host James Lipton spoke to each person individually to start the program.  While they come from varied backgrounds, as a group they are extremely well-educated, and a few came to acting a bit later in life.

But the room really started rockin’ when they spoke of their time together on the show.  There were pats on the back, hugs, and loving looks. They seemed embarrassed by praise.  They made fun of each other.  They showed lots of clips.  Heck, someone even did a dance.

Family get-togethers are like that sometimes.

And it was a family on that stage.  Even from my seat in the balcony, that was abundantly clear.

Inside the Actors Studio featuring the cast of Modern Family airs on Bravo June 6th.  I highly recommend it.