Glenn Close, Timothy Dalton and Frank Langella were among stars in the audience Feb. 11 for Whoopi Goldberg's first performance as Pseudolus in Broadway's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the St. James Theatre.
Langella, who is Goldberg's offstage leading man, cancelled the Tuesday performance of his own Broadway show, Present Laughter to cheer her on in person.
Goldberg took over the central character from Nathan Lane in the hit revival of the Stephen Sondheim/Larry Gelbart/Burt Shevelove musical. Though the part is written for a male, Gelbart changed some lines to the role could be played as a woman. Set in Roman times, Forum is the story of a wily slave's increasingly complicated efforts to win the hand of a young woman for his master -- and thereby earn his own freedom.
The producers asked critics to wait three weeks before reviewing her performance. Her official "opening night" is scheduled for March 6. This is Goldberg's first Broadway appearance since her one-woman show in 1984.
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