Inez and VinoodhEven if you're an obsessive American Horror Story fan -- or an obsessive Lady Gaga fan, for that matter -- you probably wouldn't have been able to pick up on the clue the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, inserted into an October episode to let people know that Mother Monster was joining the cast.
Entertainment Weekly reports Gaga and Murphy had been in talks since last fall about her role on the show, but it was all top secret. However, on the October 29 episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, there was a close-up shot of a paper coffee cup with a picture of a top hat on it. At the time, Murphy told EW, "That is a big season 5 clue! It’s an arcane clue, but it’s very purposeful, and it illuminates something that you’ll be like, ‘Oh! You dirty bastard!’”
Turns out that was the "clue" that Murphy says should have tipped viewers off that Gaga was coming. Why? There's a 1935 movie called Top Hat, and one of the famous songs written for that movie was "Cheek to Cheek" -- which, of course, is the the name and title track of Gaga's album with Tony Bennett, which came out last September.
Murphy also meant for the Top Hat reference to telegraph the news that the new series of American Horror Story will be set in a hotel, because that's also where Top Hat is set. If you didn't manage to pick up on any of this, you're probably in good company.
Speaking of Cheek to Cheek, in other Gaga news, she and Tony Bennett have booked two concerts at the Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas on April 10 and 11. It's a return to Sin City for the duo, who started their joint tour in Vegas over New Year's Eve.
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