‘Carla’ dresses up

Pic bows with dinner, music, stilettos

HOLLYWOOD — “Connie and Carla’s” preem could be summed up with a couple of D’s — dinner theater and drag — both of which were in plentiful supply at Universal CityWalk Tuesday.

“If there’s one thing I learned from my years with Second City, it’s go with what you know,” said “Connie” scribe and co-star Nia Vardalos. “I know dinner theater.”

Music is something else Vardalos knows a thing or two about. “I have a Rolodex of showtunes in my head,” Vardalos admitted. “It was an easy job. When else was I going to get the chance to perform ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats’? Never, unless I was willing to hit the road for an 18-month tour.”

Transforming thesps into drag stars wasn’t quite as effortless. Helmer Michael Lembeck said it took his cast some four hours to get ready.

“And that was just getting the look down,” he said. Learning how to balance “themselves in stilettos was another feat entirely.”

Co-star David Duchovny knew the feeling. “It’s hard to be a woman,” he said. Duchovny spoke from experience — he put on a tight dress for “Twin Peaks” — but got to sit it out this time around.

On hand for dinner and karaoke at the preem’s after-party at the Hard Rock Cafe were producers Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman; Universal’s Ron Meyer, Stacey Snider and Scott Stuber; and guests including Anthony LaPaglia and Marissa Jaret Winokur.

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