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Any girl who grew up in the '80s can't help but swoon a little at the sight of Uncle Jesse. Former Full House star John Stamos is now taking advantage of that charm in Broadway's Bye Bye Birdie, where he plays the nerdy role created by Dick Van Dyke. (Just a few years back, he would have been a better fit for the Elvis-inspired title character -- now being played by Nickelodeon star Nolan Gerard Funk). Full House fans may recall Stamos' musical talents -- remember when Uncle Jesse drummed for the Beach Boys?-- and sure enough, this isn't his first time onstage. He's previously appeared on Broadway in Cabaret, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Nine.
Maybe Stamos just has a cold this week, because the reviews are not being so kind to his pipes. Reuters calls the actor "prosaic at best with his singing and dancing." Variety goes after both Stamos and co-star Gina Gershon, saying, "Neither sings or dances with much confidence, and the effort shows, giving the musical a feeble heart." The Wall Street Journal pulls no punches; "Mr. Stamos couldn't carry a tune in a bucket with the lid welded on."
But who cares? Full House audiences will always love him -- as shown earlier this week, when a technical glitch stopped the show and Stamos had to improvise. Audience members shouted out "Uncle Jesse!" as the actor took the stage, calling up former TV co-star Bob Saget to help entertain the crowd while a piece of scenery was repaired. The two joked about working together on Full House, which Saget described as "really special — kind of like ‘Brokeback Mountain’ but a sitcom." After a few minutes, Saget returned to the audience and Stamos returned onstage... to a standing ovation. Take that, Wall Street Journal.
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