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High note

Every year, movie actors come to Broadway to explore their craft, and Broadway welcomes them with open arms (to exploit their popularity and sell tickets).

Hey, we all know it’s true.

How many stars of movie and television have made their ‘Broadway debut’ years into their careers and gotten lackluster reviews?

Sadly, Broadway often comes out on top in this equation. Audiences will still fill the seats, even if the movie actor isn’t all that good. Let’s face it — we love a train wreck as much as a triumph, and add a celebrity and some Milk Duds to the carnage, and…

That’s entertainment!

Luckily, the revival of “Lend Me a Tenor” on Broadway, which is loaded with actors you know and love from movies and television, leaves no blood on the Great White Way.  Just lots and lots of laughs.

How refreshing to see this great comedy played to its fullest potential!

And while the audience in attendance last night no doubt expected great things from Tony Shaloub (“Monk”) and Anthony LaPaglia (“Without a Trace”), they saved the standing ovation for Justin Bartha, formerly known as the underused groom in “The Hangover” and Nicolas Cage’s assistant with the funny one-liners  in the “National Treasure” movies.

Now?

Call him a Tony nominee.

VIP villian

Hollywood has a new favorite bad boy, and I’m not talking tabloid headlines.

(That was yesterday’s blog.)

No, the villian-of-the-moment is Mark Strong, a London-born actor who studied at the Old Vic Theatre School.  If you can’t place the name, don’t worry.  You’ve seen him (or soon will) as the evil Lord Blackwood in “Sherlock Holmes,” and as the not-to-be-trusted royal adviser John Conroy in “The Young Victoria.”

Mark Strong looks like a younger, slightly more coiffed version of Stanley Tucci, and his ability to fell people with a single glance makes him an exceptional bad guy.  He also has another half-dozen films in various stages of production — according to his imdb.com profile — so we will have many more chances to see him be the downfall of himself — or others — in the next few years.

One quick note — imdb.com also reveals that Mark played ultimate good guy Mr. Knightley in a 1996 television version of  “Emma” opposite Kate Beckinsale…so there must be a hero in there somewhere.

Bad guys are just more fun.