Back in 1928, when The Front Page is set, Broadway theatre critics would see shows on their opening nights, then rush back to their newspaper offices and pound out their reviews in time for the late-night edition.
Producer Scott Rudin wants to return to that tradition for the opening night of his all-star Front Page revival, and at least one of the 2016 critics isn't happy, according to The New York Post.
Since at least the 1990s, Broadway first-string critics have been allowed to attend a range of dates, usually the last few previews. The idea is that the extra writing time results in more thoughtful reviews.
Most of the first-nighters appear to be game to meet Rudin’s demand. But the Post quoted a private email from Hollywood Reporter critic David Rooney, who apparently balked at the change, saying he had a conflict, and adding, ”You know nobody works at that pace anymore, right?”
Rudin reportedly shot back, “Critics reviewed shows on Broadway this way for 100 years. You can do it for one night. Get over it.”
In a quoted response, Rooney reportedly needled, “Maybe Scott Rudin has opening night jitters?”
A production spokesperson told Playbill.com, “We are excited for our modern critics to experience the glamour of a big Broadway opening. We just hope we've ordered enough champagne.”