About Town: 'Burlesque'

9:13 PM PST 11/23/2010 by Bill Higgins
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Cher, in a crystal-encrusted Thomas Wylde dress, strode the red carpet with co-star Christina Aguilera, in a flowing Elie Saab gown.

'Burlesque' premiere in Hollywood on November 15

Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper said the Burlesque premiere was “like going to gay Christmas.” Cher, he added, calls it “Gaytasia.” Gay or not, crowds came to Grauman’s (plus one overflow theater) for the over-the-top, outrageously costumed musical. Hundreds of fans screamed wildly when Cher crossed Hollywood Boulevard for a regal walk-by; Christina Aguilera did the walk plus autographs. Kathy Griffin called the tale of dueling divas “a musical prize fight” and quipped Burlesque could become “The Hangover for gays.” The afterparty was at Drai’s (if only the food were as good as the views), where producer Donald De Line said, “Women love it, and men love it when we get them in the theaters.” According to guest Adam Shankman, the film has the essential element for a musical: “The audience leaving with a sense of joy.”

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