Just because Broadway and Off-Broadway are not yet open to the public doesn’t mean that theatre is still shut down in the fictional world of Gossip Girl.
New photos from set of the upcoming HBO Max reboot show the characters played by Whitney Peak and Eli Brown getting flirty outside New York’s Public Theater — an Off-Broadway house downtown in the East Village where the megahit musical Hamilton premiered — on Wednesday, March 24.
The Public also houses the popular cabaret venue Joe’s Pub, so perhaps the Gossip Girl teens are catching a show. That is, if they’re not performing in it themselves.
In an exclusive interview with OK!, series showrunner Joshua Safran, writer and executive producer on the original CW series, said that theatre will play a big part in the 12-episode season.
“One of our episodes takes place at a show, so theatre exists in our [world],” Safran told OK!.
With plenty of Broadway vets among the cast, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Upper East Siders burst out into song and put their talents to use. As OK! exclusively reported, Donna Murphy, most recently seen starring in the revival of Hello, Dolly! (alternating the title role with headliner Bette Midler), will play the headmistress of the school.
Also among the cast are Jason Gotay, who starred in Broadway’s Bring It On, and Adam Chanler-Berat, known to theatre fans as Henry from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal.
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Eli Brown and Whitney Peak are dressed to impress outside the theatre venue. Perhaps they're catching a show?
The actors are often snapped together while on set. Gossip Girl has remained tight-lipped on plot and character details, but we bet there is a romance brewing between these beauties.
As OK! previously reported, strict COVID-19 guidelines have been put in place while filming. Not only are the cast and crew masked up, everyone on production is regularly getting tested for the coronavirus.
Of course all the Upper East Siders are extremely fashion forward. Wanna know how to look like your favorite Gossip Girl? OK! shows you how to get the look.
Gossip Girl will take place in a world post-COVID-19. “It’s post-COVID in a fantasy world,” Safran recently told OK!, adding that the show is set in September 2021. Even though the real world will likely still don masks this coming fall, he said, “Masks are a thing that happened in the past.”
After a hard day at work, it looks like Peak and Brown are officially done for the day. Till next time... XOXO, OK!.