After standing on a ticket pick up line that stretched out past the Golden's stage door, the June 7 audience for Side Man's first post-Tony performance was ready to stand again at the end of the show, rewarding the Best Play winner with an ovation.
Side Man won two Tonys at the June 6 award presentation, taking home Best Play and Best Featured Actor in a Play for Frank Wood, in the role of jazz trumpeter Gene whose obsession with his music destroys his wife and inhibits his son.
Kevin Greer, who plays Jonesy, Side Man's understanding junkie, explained that three years ago at the first reading with Edie Falco and Warren Leight, Wood felt he couldn't play Gene. "Frank Wood said, `I will never talk like a jazz musician. I can't learn how to say "dig this"!' But the American Theatre Wing felt that he did know how to say `dig this.'"
The cast then presented Wood with a bunch of flowers.
* After a several weeks of low ticket sales that seemed to indicate an imminent closing, Side Man saw a 300 percent increase over usual ticket sales by mid-day June 7, the day after winning the Tony Award for Best Play. A spokesperson for Side Man said house seat orders, for industry people and VIPs, went through the roof the morning after the June 6 win.
. A new performance schedule begins June 7. The revised summer schedule drops Sunday performances in favor of Monday evenings.
Side Man began its New York life at downtown's CSC on March 3, 1998, before its move to the Roundabout's Broadway stage in June, then eventually re-opening Nov. 8, 1998 at Broadway's John Golden Theatre.