He's making it on Broadway

Chad Kimball in front of the marquee for his show “Memphis’’ at the Shubert Theatre in New York City. Chad Kimball in front of the marquee for his show “Memphis’’ at the Shubert Theatre in New York City. (Jennifer Taylor for The Boston Globe
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
October 9, 2009

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Boston Conservatory grad Chad Kimball - who stars in the new Broadway musical “Memphis’’ - is still mourning the loss of the North Shore Music Theatre. Without the NSMT, which closed over the summer because of financial troubles, Kimball says he might not have his face plastered on a New York City billboard right now. It was at the NSMT that Kimball starred as southern DJ Huey Calhoun when the original musical “Memphis’’ debuted in 2003. Now the show is in previews at New York’s Shubert Theatre with Kimball as the lead. Kimball tells us he’s still getting used to his giant billboard, which is right down the street from Jude Law’s billboard for “Hamlet.’’ “I kind of scoff at it,’’ Kimball said, shyly. “I was like, ‘Did they Photoshop my eyelashes?’ They look long.’’

Kimball told us he has fond memories of performing in Beverly, partly because of the NSMT’s theater-in-the-round setup, although he admits that during one performance, he ran off stage in the wrong direction only to wind up in the theater’s back parking lot. He had to sprint around the building to get back into the theater for his next scene.

Kimball said it’s a shame that other Conservatory grads won’t get the chance to use the NSMT as a springboard. “It’s really sad,’’ he said. “. . . North Shore was the place to go.’’

Wedding day approaches
Vanessa Kerry doesn't want to disclose too much about her wedding, which will be held tomorrow at a private home in Brookline. But she'll say this: There will be cookies. ‘‘My father has a chocolate-chip cookie addiction,'' Kerry said, of her dad, Senator John Kerry. ‘‘He has arranged for chocolate-chip cookies to be available for people all night long.'' Kerry is marrying fellow Mass General resident Brian Nahed, who's originally from Los Angeles. Nahed tells us that when he first met Kerry, he had no idea she was from a prominent political family. ‘‘I just didn't associate Ness with any of that,'' he said, adding that by the time he found out, ‘‘We were sort of smitten.'' After four years, Nahed says he's learned what it means to be a Kerry in Boston. ‘‘Things are very, sort of public,'' he said, laughing. ‘‘I'm from a super-private family.'' Kerry and Nahed, who are both 32, wouldn't disclose their guest list for tomorrow's affair, but said that everyone invited is someone they know well — no big names just for the sake of it. The couple tells us they're excited about their honeymoon. After all, it's not easy for two doctors to find quality time. ‘‘You get excited when you happen to see each other in the elevator,'' Kerry said.

A Thirsty Timberlake
Keep an eye out for Justin Timberlake at the Thirsty Scholar Pub. Producers of the Facebook-inspired film, ‘‘The Social Network,'' are expected to shoot at the Beacon Street bar in Somerville. Neighborhood resident Amanda Garrett said in an e-mail that she and others in the neighborhood got fliers from Columbia Pictures stating that a crew would film at the pub on Oct. 21 and 22.

The game of law
Talk about inside baseball: Students in Alan Dershowitz's freshman seminar are learning about the game from Larry Lucchino. The Sox CEO is an expert witness in Dershowitz's first-year Harvard Law class about the national pastime. ‘‘Before he was involved in baseball, Larry was a great lawyer,'' the Harvard Law prof said yesterday. ‘‘He's able to talk about how important law is to the business of sports — anti-trust law, contract law, labor law.'' Dershowitz, who shares Sox season tickets with his fellow Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree, said he and Lucchino conceived of the course during an offseason trip to the Galapagos Islands. There are 15 students in the course — more than 200 applied to get in — and one of the sessions met during a game at Fenway. ‘‘We gave them the [Seth] Mnookin book ‘Feeding the Monster' to read. . . . Larry tore it apart,'' said Dershowitz. ‘‘We've talked a lot about financing stadiums, the relationship between the city and the team, moving franchises, and how a group of out-of-towners beat the locals to buy the team.'' Dershowitz, who said he's attended every home Sox playoff game since 1967, was due to speak last night at the 92d Street Y in New York. ‘‘I made them end the speech at 9:25 p.m. and have a car ready to take me somewhere with a good TV.''

Home for Sox games
Sonny McLean's, the LA bar famous for being the headquarters of Red Sox Nation West, was hopping for Game 1 of the Sox series. The watering hole on Wilshire Boulevard is ground zero for Sox fans without tix to the game against the Angels of Anaheim. ‘‘Oh, we'll have a healthy crowd,'' manager Mike Bongarzone, who grew up in Scituate, told us before the game yesterday. ‘‘We've got 22 flat screens and they'll all be tuned to the Sox game.'' The bar can accommodate about 150 people, and there are frequently familiar faces in the crowd. Sox chairman Tom Werner drops by occasionally, as do actors Jay Harrington, Jamie Kaler, D.B. Sweeney, Eliza Dushku, and ex-‘‘SNL'' cast member Michaela Watkins.

Spreading ‘lies'
Cambridge filmmaker Errol Morris was billed as a ‘‘connoisseur of lies'' by organizers of last night's sold-out event at the Getty Center in LA. The Oscarwinning director of ‘‘The Fog of War'' joined his friend, sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay, to talk about art and illusion. Morris, who writes frequently about truth, lies, and perception on his New York Times blog, is working on a project about imposter Clark Rockefeller.

Dining out
Action man Tom Cruise and his wife, Katie Holmes, dined at Vox Populi on Boylston Street the other night, noshing kobe burgers. Holmes washed it down with a lychee martini. . . . Meanwhile, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was dining at No. 9 Park.

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