A number of notables packed the tents outside Atlantic Station Friday night to catch Cirque du Soleil’s incredible new show “Totem.”
Joe Manganiello turned heads from the moment he walked in and was a good sport about taking photos with people. It seemed every other guest in the tent wanted his or her photo taken with the actor known for roles on the television show “True Blood” and in films such as “Magic Mike” and the made-in-Atlanta “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” (Good grief! I attend lots of events where celebs show up and I’ve never seen someone get mauled like this!) He is in Atlanta now working on “Ten,” the movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The lady friend who accompanied Manganiello to the “Totem” opening night seemed a little less than thrilled that the crowd kept yanking away her fella, but hey that’s show biz.
Other celebs in the crowd included “Catching Fire” cast members Bruno Gunn (Brutus), Lynn Cohen (Mags), Stephanie Leigh Schlund (Cashmere) and Meta Golding (Enobaria), who are in town filming the second “Hunger Games” movie right now.
Also, Manganiello’s “Ten” co-star Josh Holloway and “Walking Dead” cast members Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl, and Scott Wilson, who plays Hershel. By the way here’s my colleague Rodney Ho’s latest “Walking Dead” recap.
And speaking of made-in-Atlanta television shows a number of cast members from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” attended Cirque’s opening night. We saw housewives Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss and Phaedra Parks, along with frequent guest Marlo Hampton and stylist Derek J.
Director Kenny Leon, who produces slightly more edifying fare, including his recently released remake of “Steel Magnolias,” also attended the “Totem” opening night event.
Totem (pronounced To-TEM) will be around through Dec. 30.
Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 and 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays. See www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem for full details.