Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Manganiello hit Cirque du Soleil 'Iris' debut
Sunday's world premiere of Cirque du Soleil's new movie-themed production, "Iris," created especially for its home in Hollywood, called for a gala celebration. So the partying began before the show and then picked up again full speed after the finale.
Both shindigs were star-studded affairs, with an opening-night audience that included Vanessa Hudgens of "High School Musical," Joe Manganiello of "True Blood," Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Kate Beckinsale, Matthew McConaughey, James Gandolfini, Anne Heche, director James Cameron, Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men," Geoffrey Arend of "Body of Proof," Kevin Dillon of "Entourage," Chloe Moretz of "Let Me In," George Kotsiopoulos of "Fashion Police," and Cherry Jones of "24."
Given that the centerpiece was a circus, albeit of a glamorous and sophisticated sort, many celebrities, such as director Jon Favreau, Patrick Dempsey of "Grey's Anatomy," Iqbal Theba of "Glee," Kim Raver of "24" and Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, had their families in tow.
Before the show, on exiting the arrivals red carpet, guests joined the party on Hollywood Boulevard, which was closed off and carpeted for the evening -- the usual traffic replaced by food stands offering sushi, tacos, desserts and other goodies. Models dressed as old-fashioned cigarette girls threaded their way through the crowd, carrying trays of hors d'oeuvres, candy cigarettes and iced wine.
"I like the little things," said Hendricks, recalling a performer who danced with a broom. "I liked the simplicity of it."
For Theba, a film noir sequence, which included a chase scene over trampolines, was one highlight of many, in a show that helped to contribute to the party mood. "You get a high that stays with you after you leave the theater," he said.
-- Ellen Olivier
Top photo: Writer/director Philippe Decoufle (in sunglasses) with "Iris" performers outside the Kodak Theatre. Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images. Inset: Vanessa Hudgens. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images