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Celebs pack Cirque du Soleil “Totem” on opening night

Actor Joe Manganiello visited with some of Cirque du Soleil's performers at Friday's opening night of "Totem." Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil

Actor Joe Manganiello visited with some of Cirque du Soleil's performers at Friday's opening night of "Totem." Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil

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.

Vikki Locke and Jessica Forkel from the B 98.5 Morning Show share a moment with Joe Manganiello

Vikki Locke and Jessica Forkel from the B 98.5 Morning Show share a moment with Joe Manganiello

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.

Cynthia Bailey, Derek J and Marlo Hampton strike a pose

Cynthia Bailey, Derek J and Marlo Hampton strike a pose

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.

9 comments Add your comment

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October 29th, 2012
1:07 pm

are all of these so called “celebrities” you say were at the opening???

Mikeal

October 29th, 2012
2:39 pm

I was there. Does that make me a celebrity?

John Cable

October 29th, 2012
2:55 pm

I did not even read who the celebs were I was so taken by the abs on the girl in the first photo?

gtt

October 30th, 2012
9:58 am

Yeah the abs are mesmerizing.

Mikeal

October 30th, 2012
10:16 am

Thats not a girl…..

Michelle

October 30th, 2012
12:23 pm

Damn that’s some 6-Pack!

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