Kevin Chamberlin, who plays Dimas, the comic gardener, in Triumph of Love, is a longtime online fan. He has agreed to post a diary of his opening night experiences as part of Playbill On-Line's "Countdown to Curtain."
October 23, 1997 - Final Entry
At Tavern on the Green The whole opening night event was just magical. I can hardly get through the crowd! People are shaking my hand and saying what a great job we all did. We're still a little tense waiting for the reviews. But Noel Coward once said "Reviews should ruin your breakfast -- but not your lunch." That's the way I feel about it.
The evening was capped by when my brother got Tavern on the Green's number said my whole family, from Los Angeles to Virginia have been online following my day, and they've all been in tears. It made all the time I spent on it worth it. I worried that it would interfere with the day -- and it hasn't.
How did it feel to be onstage on the opening night of a Brodway musical? I was so glad to be prepared. After a month of previews, to really know that, and feel solid in my work. To know what you're doing is truthful and real, and what everyone else is doing is in the moment. It feels great to have a thousand people follow the story and get giddy at times -- they were giddy! That giddiness of the audience kept coming across to me, and I was giddy with tears and laughter afterwards.