Steven Robert Weber is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Brian Hackett on the television show Wings which aired from April 1990 to May 1997 on NBC and as Sam Blue in Once and Again, he had a recurring role on iZombie as Vaughn du Clark. He plays Mayor Douglas Hamilton on NCIS: New Orleans in a recurring role. Weber was born in Briarwood, New York, his mother, was a nightclub singer, his father, Stuart Weber, was a nightclub performer and manager of Borscht Belt comedians. Weber embraces his Jewish heritage despite not having received a formal religious education. Weber graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts and the State University of New York at Purchase. Weber started appearing in TV commercials in the third grade. After leaving college, he became a member of the Mirror Repertory Company and appeared opposite legendary actress Geraldine Page in several productions before winning a role as Julianne Moore's ill-tempered and ill-fated boyfriend on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns in 1985-86.
He appeared in several motion pictures and TV mini-series, such as The Flamingo Kid, Hamburger Hill, the acclaimed The Kennedys of Massachusetts. His best-known role is as a skirt-chasing airplane pilot on the sitcom Wings. Several years Weber starred in his own short-lived half-hour comedy Cursed, joined the cast of ABC's Once and Again as the tortured artist Sam Blue, starred the next year in the acclaimed show The D. A. for ABC. Weber had lead roles in the 1990s hit movies Single White Female and Jeffrey. Weber first appeared on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and in 2001-2002 took over for Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom in the Broadway production of The Producers. In 2005, he appeared alongside Kevin Spacey in London at the Old Vic's production of National Anthems. Weber wrote and produced 2003's Clubland, a Showtime movie in which he and Alan Alda played father and son talent agents in 1950s New York City, he appeared in three Stephen King adaptations: Desperation, "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band" from the Nightmares & Dreamscapes mini-series, in the television mini-series version of Stephen King's The Shining, playing the murderous writer Jack Torrance.
He narrated the audiobook version of King's novel It. In 1998, he played the voice of wisecracking Alsatian Charlie B. Barkin in An All Dogs Christmas Carol, a role he earlier played in 1996 in All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series. In 2007, he rejoined former Wings co-star Tony Shalhoub in a guest role on Monk; the same year, Weber played the role of network boss Jack Rudolph in the NBC series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In 2008, Weber starred in Alliance Group Entertainment's feature film Farm House, where he played Samael, a mysterious vineyard owner. Weber guest starred on the drama series Brothers and Sisters as Graham Finch, a business specialist, he guest-starred on Psych as Jack Spencer, Shawn Spencer's uncle and Henry Spencer's brother. He starred on Desperate Housewives in 2008. Weber appeared as a recurring guest on the 2008-09 season of the CBS crime drama Without a Trace, he was part of the cast of the now cancelled ABC show Happy Town and had a major role in the TV movie A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! in which he played the villain "Hugh J. Magnate Jr."
He stars in the live action comic Puddin', alongside actor Eddie Pepitone. He narrated. Between 2012 and 2017, Weber provided the voices of several characters on the Disney XD animated series Ultimate Spider-Man. In 2014, Weber rejoined former Wings co-star Rebecca Schull in Chasing Life in recurring character roles. In 2017, Weber made a guest appearance in the Curb Your Enthusiasm. Weber was married to actress Finn Carter from 1985 to 1992. In 1995, he became engaged to Juliette Hohnen the Los Angeles bureau chief for MTV News, they married on July 29 that year at Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England, she filed for divorce on February 2013, after 17 years of marriage. The couple has two sons. Steven Weber on IMDb Steven Weber at the Internet Broadway Database Steven Weber at Internet Off-Broadway Database Steven Weber's Huffington Post Blog
Fucking Men is a play by Joe DiPietro. It premiered at the King's Head Theatre in the London Borough of Islington, directed by Phil Willmott, it opened on 9 January 2009 and was extended three times due to strong sales, ran in repertory with Naked Boys Singing. Both productions transferred to the Arts Theatre in London's West End Theatre on 15 July 2009, it was revived at the King's Head in August 2015, directed by Geoffrey Hyland. It was revived again by the King's Head in December 2015, directed by Mark Barford, designed by Jamie Simmons, lighting by Jack Weir and starring Richard De Lisle, Harper James and Haydn Whiteside; this production played again in London and toured to Dublin and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It played at The Vaults Waterloo until January 15th 2017; the play had its United States premiere on 11 September 2009 at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The production was co-produced by Calvin Remsberg; this production featured Johnny Kostney, Brian Dare, Mike Ciriaco, Michael Rachlis, Sean Galuszka, David Pevsner, Jeff Olsen, A.
J. Tannen, Chad Borden and Gregory Franklin
Anne Celeste Heche is an American actress and screenwriter. Following a dual role in the daytime soap opera Another World, she came to mainstream prominence in the late 1990s with the films Donnie Brasco, Six Days, Seven Nights, Return to Paradise. In 1998, Heche portrayed Marion Crane in Gus Van Sant's horror remake Psycho. A publicized relationship with comedian Ellen DeGeneres was followed by a significant downturn in Heche's career, although she has continued to act, appearing in the well-received independent films Birth, Cedar Rapids and Catfight. In 2004, Heche received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the Lifetime movie Gracie's Choice, a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her work in Broadway's Twentieth Century, she has starred in the television series Men in Trees, Save Me, Aftermath, The Brave. Heche was born on May 25, 1969, in Aurora, the youngest of five children of Nancy Heche and Donald Joseph Heche. Heche's family moved a total of eleven times during her childhood.
When asked in a 2001 interview on Larry King Live what her father's source of income was, Heche replied, "Well, he was a choir director. But I don't think he made much on that a week, he said that he was involved in a business of oil. And he said, but he never was involved in the business of gas and oil ever." The family settled in New Jersey when Heche was twelve years old. Due to desperate finances, Anne went to work at a dinner theater in Swainton. "At the time we’d been kicked out of our house and my family was holed up living in a bedroom in the home of a generous family from our church," she said. "I got $100 a week, more than anyone else in my family. We all pooled our money in an envelope in a drawer and saved up enough to move out after a year."On March 3, 1983, when Heche was 13, her 45-year-old father died of AIDS. Although he never came out as homosexual, "He was in complete denial. We know. Absolutely. I don't think, he was a promiscuous man, we knew his lifestyle then," Heche said on Larry King Live.
Despite her father being gay, Heche has claimed that he raped her from the time she was an infant until she was 12, giving her genital herpes. When asked "But why would a gay man rape a girl?", in a 2001 interview with The Advocate, Heche replied "I don't think he was just a gay man. I think. My belief was that my father was gay and he had to cover that up. I think; the more he couldn't be who he was, the more that came out of him in ways that it did."Three months after her father's death, Heche's 18-year-old brother Nathan was killed in a car crash. The official determination was that he fell asleep at the wheel and struck a tree, though Heche claims it was suicide; the remainder of Heche's family subsequently moved to Chicago, where Heche attended the progressive Francis W. Parker School. In 1985, when Heche was 16, an agent spotted her in a school play and secured her an audition for the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Heche flew to New York City and was offered a job, but her mother insisted she finish high school first.
Shortly before her high school graduation in 1987, Heche was offered a dual role on the daytime soap opera Another World. "Again I was told. My mother was religious and maybe she thought it was a sinner’s world," Heche stated. "But I said, ` Send me the ticket. I’m getting on the plane.' I was like,'Bye!' I did my time with my mom in a one-bedroom, skanky apartment and I was done." For her work on Another World, Heche received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 1991. In November 1991, Heche made her primetime television debut in an episode of Murphy Brown, she made her TV-movie debut the following year with a brief appearance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of O Pioneers!. In 1993, Heche made her feature-film debut in Disney's The Adventures of Huck Finn with Elijah Wood. Over the next two years, she had small supporting roles in made-for-TV movies such as Girls in Prison and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, she appeared in the straight-to-video erotic thriller Wild Side as Joan Chen's lesbian lover.
In 1996, Heche landed her first substantial role as a college student contemplating an abortion in a segment of the made-for-HBO anthology film If These Walls Could Talk, co-starring Cher and Demi Moore. In the year, she appeared opposite Catherine Keener portraying childhood best friends in the independent film Walking and Talking; the limited-release film garnered favorable reviews from critics and is number 47 on Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time" list. Heche gained positive notice from film critic Alison Macor of Austin Chronicle, who wrote in her review that she "is destined for larger film roles", she played the wife of Johnny Depp's titular FBI undercover agent in the 1997 crime drama Donnie Brasco. The film made $124.9 million worldwide, critic Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote: " does well with what could have been the thankless role."By the late 1990s, Heche continued to find recognition and commercial success as she took on supporting roles in three other 1997 high-profile film releases—Volcano, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Wag the Dog.
The disaster film Volcano, about the formation of a volcano in Los Angeles, had her star with Tommy Lee Jon
Arthur Schnitzler was an Austrian author and dramatist. Arthur Schnitzler was born at Praterstrasse 16, Vienna, capital of the Austrian Empire, he was the son of a prominent Hungarian laryngologist, Johann Schnitzler, Luise Markbreiter, a daughter of the Viennese doctor Philipp Markbreiter. His parents were both from Jewish families. In 1879 Schnitzler began studying medicine at the University of Vienna and in 1885 he received his doctorate of medicine, he began work at Vienna's General Hospital, but abandoned the practice of medicine in favour of writing. On 26 August 1903, Schnitzler married Olga Gussmann, a 21-year-old aspiring actress and singer who came from a Jewish middle-class family, they had a son, born on 9 August 1902. In 1909 they had a daughter, who committed suicide in 1928; the Schnitzlers separated in 1921. Schnitzler died on 21 October 1931, of a brain hemorrhage. In 1938, following the Anschluss, his son Heinrich went to the United States and did not return to Austria until 1959.
Schnitzler's works were controversial, both for their frank description of sexuality and for their strong stand against anti-Semitism, represented by works such as his play Professor Bernhardi and his novel Der Weg ins Freie. However, although Schnitzler was himself Jewish, Professor Bernhardi and Fräulein Else are among the few identified Jewish protagonists in his work. Schnitzler was branded as a pornographer after the release of his play Reigen, in which ten pairs of characters are shown before and after the sexual act and ending with a prostitute; the furore after this play was couched in the strongest anti-semitic terms. Reigen was made into a French language film in 1950 by the German-born director Max Ophüls as La Ronde; the film achieved considerable success in the English-speaking world, with the result that Schnitzler's play is better known there under its French title. Richard Oswald's film The Merry-Go-Round, Roger Vadim's Circle of Love and Otto Schenk's Der Reigen are based on the play.
More in Fernando Meirelles' film 360, Schnitzler's play was provided with a new version, as has been the case with many other TV and film productions. In the novella Fräulein Else Schnitzler may be rebutting a contentious critique of the Jewish character by Otto Weininger by positioning the sexuality of the young female Jewish protagonist; the story, a first-person stream of consciousness narrative by a young aristocratic woman, reveals a moral dilemma that ends in tragedy. In response to an interviewer who asked Schnitzler what he thought about the critical view that his works all seemed to treat the same subjects, he replied, "I write of love and death. What other subjects are there?" Despite his seriousness of purpose, Schnitzler approaches the bedroom farce in his plays. Professor Bernhardi, a play about a Jewish doctor who turns away a Catholic priest in order to spare a patient the realization that she is on the point of death, is his only major dramatic work without a sexual theme. A member of the avant-garde group Young Vienna, Schnitzler toyed with formal as well as social conventions.
With his 1900 novella Leutnant Gustl, he was the first to write German fiction in stream-of-consciousness narration. The story is an unflattering portrait of its protagonist and of the army's obsessive code of formal honour, it caused Schnitzler to be stripped of his commission as a reserve officer in the medical corps – something that should be seen against the rising tide of anti-semitism of the time. He specialized in shorter works like one-act plays, and in his short stories like "The Green Tie" he showed himself to be one of the early masters of microfiction. However he wrote two full-length novels: Der Weg ins Freie about a talented but not motivated young composer, a brilliant description of a segment of pre-World War I Viennese society. In addition to his plays and fiction, Schnitzler meticulously kept a diary from the age of 17 until two days before his death; the manuscript, which runs to 8,000 pages, is most notable for Schnitzler's casual descriptions of sexual conquests – he was in relationships with several women at once, for a period of some years he kept a record of every orgasm.
Collections of Schnitzler's letters have been published. Schnitzler's works were called "Jewish filth" by Adolf Hitler and were banned by the Nazis in Austria and Germany. In 1933, when Joseph Goebbels organized book burnings in Berlin and other cities, Schnitzler's works were thrown into flames along with those of other Jews, including Einstein, Kafka and Stefan Zweig, his novella Fräulein Else has been adapted a number of times including the German silent film Fräulein Else, starring Elisabeth Bergner, a 1946 Argentine film, The Naked Angel, starring Olga Zubarry. Anatol, a series of seven acts revolving around his immature relationships. Flirtation known as The Reckoning, made into a film by Max Ophüls
Hello Again (musical)
Hello Again is a musical with music and book by Michael John LaChiusa. It is based on the 1897 play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, it focuses on a series of love affairs among ten characters during the ten different decades of the 20th century. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in 1993, choreographed by Graciela Daniele. Since it has been performed in London, Australia and New York. LaChuisa's musical adaptation follows the structure of Schnitzler's original material often replicating fragments of his dialogue, detailing a daisy chain of sexual encounters and love affairs among ten characters in ten scenes, his innovation, was to set each scene of the musical in a different decade of the 20th century and in a non-chronological order, allowing for a huge variety of musical style and pastische ranging from opera to 1970s disco while introducing musical and lyrical echoes throughout to tie all the characters and their experiences together. He altered the gender of Schnitzler's "Little Miss" to the sexually ambiguous "Young Thing" to introduce a homosexual element into his century of sexual congress.
Highlights of the score include "I Got A Little Time", "Tom", "Safe", "The One I Love", "Mistress of the Senator" and "The Bed Was Not My Own". The musical premiered Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on December 30, 1993 in previews and closed on March 27, 1994, after 101 performances. Directed and musically staged by Graciela Daniele the show was much in the vein of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George in that the staging was like a classic painting coming to life, it received eight Drama Desk Award nominations including Best Musical, three for LaChiusa, two for Daniele and nominations for actors Judy Blazer, John Cameron Mitchell and Donna Murphy. The original cast album was released in 1994 by RCA Victor; the musical received its professional European premiere in 2001 at London's Bridewell Theatre, as part of a series of musicals introducing the works of the next generation of major American musical theatre writers. It was directed by the theatre's co-Artistic Director Clive Paget with musical direction by Christopher Frost with a cast that featured Jenna Russell, Matt Rawle, Charles Shirvell and Nigel Richards.
There were minor changes made to the score in this production as well as a substantial rewrite to "Scene 8" overseen by the composer. In 2007, the musical received a controversial showing by The Satori Group at The Hustler Sound Stage, a building in Cincinnati, once the headquarters for Hustler magazine, when publisher Larry Flynt was a local celebrity during the 1970s. In 2007, "Hello Again" premiered in Germany, at the Akademietheater im Prinzregententheater Munich; the production was directed by Silvia Armbruster with musical direction by Philip Tillotson, the text was translated by Roman Hinze. In May 2008, it was given its Scandinavian premiere in Gothenburg and Borås in Sweden in a production directed by Vernon Mound with musical direction by Derek Barnes; the production used the revisions made for the London version and the text was translated by Fredrik Fischer and Linnea Sjunnesson together with members of the cast. The Transport Group presented the first New York City revival, opening on March 19, 2011 through April 3.
This production features new orchestrations by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and was staged non-traditionally in a raw space in SoHo by Jack Cummings III. The Whore and the Soldier - Hello Again The Soldier and the Nurse - Zei Gezent / I Gotta Little Time / We Kiss The Nurse and the College Boy - In Some Other Life The College Boy and the Young Wife - Story of My Life The Young Wife and the Husband - At the Prom / Ah Maein Zeit / Tom The Husband and the Young Thing - Listen to the Music The Young Thing and the Writer - Montage / Safe / The One I Love The Writer and the Actress - Silent Movie The Actress and the Senator - Rock With Rock / Angel of Mercy / Mistress of the Senator The Senator and the Whore - The Bed Was Not My Own / Hello Again The stage musical has been adapted to film, directed by Tom Gustafson and written by Cory Krueckeberg. Filming began in December 2015 and had a limited release in the United States on November 8th, 2017. Hello Again at Lortel Database Listing at guidetomusicaltheatre.com The Lincoln Center, New York Roman Hinze, Translator of the German version Hello, Again on Floormic.com
Variety is a weekly American entertainment trade magazine and website owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly newspaper reporting on theater and vaudeville. In 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles. Variety.com features breaking entertainment news, box office results, cover stories, photo galleries and more, plus a credits database, production charts and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905. Variety has been published since December 16, 1905, when it was launched by Sime Silverman as a weekly periodical covering theater and vaudeville with its headquarters in New York City. Sime was fired by The Morning Telegraph in 1905 for panning an act which had taken out an advert for $50, said that it looked like he would have to start his own paper in order to be able to tell the truth. With a loan of $1,500 from his father-in-law, he launched Variety as editor. In addition to Sime's former employer The Morning Telegraph, other major competitors on launch were The New York Clipper and the New York Dramatic Mirror.
The original cover design, similar to the current design, was sketched by Edgar M. Miller, a scenic painter, who refused payment; the front cover contained pictures of the original editorial staff, who were Alfred Greason, Epes W Sargeant and Joshua Lowe, as well as Sime. The first issue contained a review by Sime's son Sidne known as Skigie, claimed to be the youngest critic in the world at seven years old. In 1922, Sime acquired The New York Clipper, reporting on the stage and other entertainment since 1853 and folded it two years merging some of its features into Variety. In 1922, Sime launched the Times Square Daily, which he referred to as "the world's worst daily" and soon scrapped. During that period, Variety staffers worked on all three papers. After the launch of The Hollywood Reporter in 1930, which Variety sued for alleged plagiarism in 1932, Sime launched Daily Variety in 1933, based in Hollywood, with Arthur Ungar as the editor, it replaced Variety Bulletin, issued in Hollywood on Fridays.
Daily Variety was published every day other than Sunday but on Monday to Friday. Ungar was editor until 1950, followed by Joe Schoenfeld and Thomas M. Pryor, succeeded by his son Pete; the Daily and the Weekly were run as independent newspapers, with the Daily concentrating on Hollywood news and the Weekly on U. S. and International coverage. Sime Silverman had passed on the editorship of the Weekly Variety to Abel Green as his replacement in 1931. Green remained as editor from 1931 until his death in 1973. Sime's son Sidne succeeded him as publisher of both publications. Following his death from tuberculosis in 1950, his only son Syd Silverman, was the sole heir to what was Variety Inc. Young Syd's legal guardian Harold Erichs oversaw Variety Inc. until 1956. After that date Syd Silverman managed the company as publisher of both the Weekly Variety in New York and the Daily Variety in Hollywood, until the sale of both papers in 1987 to Cahners Publishing for $64 million, he remained as publisher until 1990 when he was succeeded on Weekly Variety by Gerard A. Byrne and on Daily Variety by Sime's great grandson, Michael Silverman.
Syd became chairman of both publications. In 1953, Army Archerd's "Just for Variety" column appeared on page two of Daily Variety and swiftly became popular in Hollywood. Archerd broke countless exclusive stories, reporting from film sets, announcing pending deals, giving news of star-related hospitalizations and births; the column appeared daily for 52 years until September 1, 2005. On December 7, 1988, the editor, Roger Watkins and oversaw the transition to four-color print. Upon its launch, the new-look Variety measured one inch shorter with a washed-out color on the front; the old front-page box advertisement was replaced by a strip advertisement, along with the first photos published in Variety since Sime gave up using them in the old format in 1920: they depicted Sime and Syd. For twenty years from 1989 its editor-in-chief was Peter Bart only of the weekly New York edition, with Michael Silverman running the Daily in Hollywood. Bart had worked at Paramount Pictures and The New York Times.
In April 2009, Bart moved to the position of "vice president and editorial director", characterized online as "Boffo No More: Bart Up and Out at Variety". From mid 2009 to 2013, Timothy M. Gray oversaw the publication as Editor-in-Chief, after over 30 years of various reporter and editor positions in the newsroom. In October 2012, Reed Business Information, the periodical's owner, sold the publication to Penske Media Corporation. PMC is the owner of Deadline Hollywood, which since the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike has been considered Variety's largest competitor in online showbiz news. In October 2012, Jay Penske, Chairman and CEO of PMC, announced that the website's paywall would come down, the print publication would stay, he would invest more into Variety's digital platform in a townhall. In March 2013, Variety owner Jay Penske appointed three co-editors to oversee different parts of the publication's industry coverage; the decision was made to stop printing Daily Variety with the last printed edition published on March 19, 2013 with the headline "Variety A
The Beautician and the Beast
The Beautician and the Beast is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by Ken Kwapis. It stars Fran Drescher as a New York City beautician, hired, under the false assumption she is a science teacher, to tutor the four children of a dictator, played by Timothy Dalton, of a fictional Eastern European nation. Ian McNeice, Patrick Malahide, Lisa Jakub, Michael Lerner, Adam LaVorgna, Phyllis Newman, Heather DeLoach appear in supporting roles. Produced by Drescher's company High School Sweethearts in partnership with Paramount Pictures, The Beautician and the Beast is her first starring role in a film, part of her attempt to transition from television to film. Drescher chose Todd Graff to write the screenplay because of his familiarity with her style of humor, she sold the project to transition her career from television to film. Filming took place in Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills and Sychrov Castle in the Czech Republic. Kwapis consulted with dialect coach Francie Brown to create the fictional language Slovetzian for the movie.
Cliff Eidelman composed the soundtrack. The Beautician and the Beast received negative reviews, though Drescher and Dalton's performances received praise. However, Drescher was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her role. Commentators noted that the film deals with themes of cultural differences and took inspiration from outside sources; the Beautician and the Beast was a box office disappointment, grossing $11.5 million against a production budget of $16 million. The film opens with an animated sequence in which a prince awakens a princess with a kiss, though she rejects his romantic advances and runs away; the scene shifts to beautician Joy Miller. One of her students accidentally sets the classroom ablaze by igniting hair spray with a cigarette, but she escorts her class and caged animals to safety. A headline in the New York Post praises Joy as a hero, he hires Joy as a tutor for the four children of the Slovetzia dictator Boris Pochenko, though she misinterprets his job offer as teaching hairstyling.
After arriving at Slovetzia, Ira is surprised to discover Joy's identity, but she convinces him to keep it a secret. Despite a bad first impression with Boris, Joy gets along with his children Katrina, Karl and Yuri. While teaching them about life outside Slovetzia, she helps them gain confidence in themselves, she learns about Katrina's relationship with Alek, the leader of the youth rebellion, encourages Karl to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. During this time, Joy clashes with Pochenko, disturbed by her independence and his inability to frighten her. Joy and Katrina go to a nightclub, which operates as a base for the rebellion. Growing closer to Joy, Boris confesses to her that he wants to change his negative reputation as a "beast" among Western nations. During a trip to a factory, Joy realizes that Slovetzia lacks trade unions and pushes for the workers to hold a strike, she arranges a secret meeting between Katrina and Alek in his cell. Despite Leonid's advice to fire Joy, she convinces Boris to hold a party for the summit of visiting emissaries to debut his new image.
As part of the summit, Boris considers the release of Alek despite Leonid's disagreement. On the day of the event, Joy reveals her identity to Boris, but he does not care about her credentials, he thanks her for bringing happiness to his family. During the party, Leonid confronts Joy about her role in Katrina's secret meetings with Alek. Following Boris's decision to keep Alek in jail, Joy informs him that she had set up meetings between Alek and Katrina, she returns to New York City. Over the course of several weeks, Leonid takes over administrative duties and signs death sentences in Boris' name; when Ira informs him of the changes in power, Boris strips Leonid of his duties and arrests him on charges of treason. He reunites with Joy in New York City, informing her that he freed Alek and agreed to hold free elections in Slovetzia. Boris kisses Joy after admitting his feelings for her; the cast is: Fran Drescher pitched and sold the concept and title for The Beautician and the Beast. She was an executive producer for the film, handled through her company High School Sweethearts.
The original title was The King and Oy, a reference to the musical The King and I. Joy was Drescher's first starring role in a feature film, though her first movie appearance was in the 1977 drama Saturday Night Fever. Drescher chose to play a character similar to her earlier roles to encourage audiences to accept her transition to film, she modeled her transition from television to movies on the careers of John Travolta and Michael J. Fox. Director Ken Kwapis explained: "She has had to overcome a lot of skepticism about her voice, her abilities, the specificity of her comedy."Timothy Dalton joined the film as Boris while pursuing comedic roles. Drescher had imagined that Kevin Kline would fit the character, but he was unavailable. According to Will Harris of The A. V. Club, The Beautician and the Beast was one of Dalton's more comedic projects. During a 2014 interview, Dalton shared that he had a positive experience while creating the film, praised Drescher for her comic tim