Monday, December 19, 2005

Karaoke, CI style

Karaoke With 'Criminal Intent'

Yes, that was "Law & Order" star Chris Noth, formerly known to us as Mr. Big on "Sex and the City," singing on stage Saturday night with a live karaoke band. He did credible versions of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" and "Foxy Lady" at The Cutting Room, which he co-owns with Steve Walter. The occasion was a wrap party/holiday celebration for the just wrapped episode of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent."

Co-stars Dann Florek and Annabella Sciorra were there. Sciorra came with boyfriend actor Bobby Cannavale in tow.

The Cutting Room was filled with "Criminal Intent" cast and crew, many of whom got on stage and impressively performed hits by The Cars, AC/DC, The Box Tops, The Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi.

Some, like the guy who did "The Letter," were almost too good. Kudos to the young man in the red jacket who punched out The Cars' "Just What I Needed."

Leslie Hendrix — no relation to Jimi; she plays the medical examiner — turns out to be a punk hellion. The corpses would be sitting up straight and applauding if they had seen her. One of the directors, whose name I didn't catch, forcefully delivered Elvis Costello's "What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding?"

No sign of sometime "Criminal Intent" star Vincent D'Onofrio, however. Some at the party confided to me that "Criminal Intent' is kind of a crazy place at this point, with the erratic D'Onofrio and Kathyn Erbe alternating episodes with the reliable and talented Noth and Sciorra.

Despite lots of backstage gossip, it did seem at least this half of the "Criminal Intent" crew is a pretty happy gang from the scene at the party.

You know, it can't be all be Peaches & Herb, I mean, peaches and cream.


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