PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Breakfast at Tiffany's; Tru's Blue Holly, "Mean Reds" and All

By Harry Haun
21 Mar 2013

Lee Wilkof
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Veteran comic Lee Wilkof barks out the role of O.J. Berman as well as Martin Balsam did in the movie. "I understood the guy the second that I read it," Wilkof admitted. "He speaks his mind, withholds nothing. I think he's a street guy, and I think he loves her, but he knows she's a real phony as opposed to a phony phony. There's a difference between being a phony phony and a real phony. 'She believes everything she believes' — that's one of my lines. 'You can't talk her out of it.' The rhythms were all there for the role. They wanted me to audition for a reading of this a few years ago. I generally don't audition for readings, but I wanted this part—even for the reading. I wanted to sink my teeth into it. It's little, but it's a little gem."

Next for Wilkof is the Jack Warden role in the Bullets Over Broadway musical ("I'm following in the footsteps of the greats"). Then, he will try to get off the ground a movie he co-wrote with Ethan Sandler, "Lounge Act," which he hopes to direct. It takes place in the Actors' Equity lounge," he said, "and I have on board Nathan [Lane], Laurie Metcalf, Austin Pendleton, Boyd Gaines and Jessica Hecht."

Estragon, Vladimir, Lucky and Pozzo led the evening's glittering guest list. Come fall, you'll recognize them as Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley in a Waiting for Godot which director Mathias will twirl in rep with the McKellen-Stewart No Man's Land. The latter will go into rehearsal July 1 and put in a month of playing in Berkeley before returning to hook up with Godot for Broadway.

It has been a long wait for this Godot, said Sir Ian. "We did it two seasons in London and all over the world — Australia, New Zealand, South Africa — and now we're finally bringing it to Broadway. We'll probably be here about six months."

R&H's favorite Jud, Hensley will first head for the Kennedy Center to start rehearing The Guardsman April 20. Ferenc Molnar's classic comedy, a smash for The Lunts, has been adapted by Richard Nelson and will be directed by Gregory Mosher. His two co-stars are arriving sorta D.O.A.: Finn Wittrock, from Broadway's last Death of a Salesman and Sarah Wayne Calles of "The Walking Dead."

A Sting-less Trudie Styler, who's using Mathias soon as a director, was beaming about daughter Mickey Sumner making her stage debut at the Atlantic in The Lying Lesson. Styler promised that she'd be producing The Seagull "later this year" at The Lynn Redgrave Theatre (nee 45 Bleecker), helmed by Max Stafford-Clark.

Out and about, and very good to see on the Rialto again: Barbara Walters of "The View" and Cindy Adams of The Post as well as Pat Schoenfeld and Betty Jacobs.

Also in attendance: Jason Sudeikis with Olivia Wilde, Ben Vereen, in top hat and tennis shoes; Debbie Harry, Edward Hibbert, composer Henry Krieger, Edna O'Brien, Zac Posen, Danish model Heidi Albertsen, Anna Sophia Robb, Countess LuAnn de Lessups and Jacques Azoulay.