New Broadway tuner opened Thursday

Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes are “Bonnie & Clyde” in the new Broadway tuner, which opened Thursday. The show’s timing collides with Disney’s “Newsies,” due on Broadway in March. While rehearsing “B&C,” Jordan starred in a Paper Mill Playhouse production of “Newsies.” Who knew then that rave reviews for the Alan Menken musical made a transfer imperative?

Asked if it killed him to kiss off “Newsies,” Jordan smiled.

“You know it did,” he admitted at the “B&C” after-party, held in the Edison Ballroom. “But I know in my heart that I got to be the first Jack Kelly and create that role and live out a dream from my childhood.” Coincidence or not, Jeff Calhoun helms both “B&C” and “Newsies.”

- Stephen Schaefer

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A tabloid reported that Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law were set for a “Some Like It Hot” remake. Downey dismissed the rumor at Warners’ “Sherlock Holmes” press junket on Saturday, but he did take a stab at the story’s genesis: In the new sequel, his Sherlock dons a woman’s disguise.

“The missus referenced that a while ago, that’s what it reminded her of,” Downey said of his producing wife, Susan Downey. She explained, “One of Robert’s assistants thought he looked like The Joker. I said Tony Curtis in ‘Some Like It Hot’ and someone thought the lead singer for The Cure, Robert Smith.”

“I thought I looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dwarf brother,” Downey remarked.

As for Law, who didn’t make the Peninsula Hotel junket in Beverly Hills, the star quipped, “Jude would have been here but his son had a soccer game.”

- Stephen Schaefer

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Journos and talent were offering more than holiday cheer when chatting up Showtime’s David Nevins Thursday night at the Quincy Estate in Hancock Park. Well-wishers, including Showtime thesps William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Claire Danes and Kristen Bell, were aplenty in congratulations Nevins on new hit drama “Homeland” and longtime staple “Dexter.”

The pay cabler is set to launch its newest series, comedy “House of Lies,” on Jan. 8, along with the second season of “Shameless.”

- Stuart Levine

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Blue jeans, beers and tortilla chips were out in force Thursday night at Autism Speaks’ inaugural Blue Tie-Blue Jean Ball in WeHo. The laid-back vibe and finger food at the House of Blues was a welcome change from the hotel-ballroom setting of most fund-raisers, and a good fit with the style of the affair’s honoree, rock photog Rob Shanahan. Soulful perfs by chanteuses, including Sarah McLachlan, kept the crowd swaying.

Emcee Sinbad did his best to wring donations out of the crowd with a live auction. “Don’t pretend you don’t have the money,” he exorted the crowd. “That’s why you’re here.”

- Cynthia Littleton

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