PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Matilda: Oh, You Beautiful Dahl

By Harry Haun
12 Apr 2013

Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Celia Keenan-Bolger was happily surrounded by recent leading men: Zachary Quinto, who played her brother in the Boston revival of The Glass Menagerie, which is bound for Broadway next season, and Christian Borle, her Tony-winning nemesis in Peter and the Starcatcher.

Anita Gillette arrived with Barry Kleinbort, who directed her one-woman show, After All, at Birdland. (She will do it again in Cape May, NJ, in August). "And I'm in the finale of 'Modern Family,' with a recurring role—a new character named Annie Fitzsimmons. We haven't signed any contract, but it looks like she's going to be Fred Willard's new squeeze."

Jersey Boys book-writer Marshall Brickman came with daughter Sophie, and David Duchovny with daughter Madelaine. "I'm just a big Tim Minchin fan," confessed Duchovny. He's been on our show all year [Showtime's "Californication"], and I can't wait to see what he's done tonight." Frankie Valli, an original Jersey Boy, showed, too.

"We had our first preview last night, and it opens on Saturday (13) officially," said RSC director Gregory Doran of his Julius Caesar at BAM. "It went really well. It sits fantastically in that space. BAM is such a beautiful theatre."

Songwriter Douglas Cohen had news, too: "I'm teaching at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and I have two new shows. One of them has been optioned by Larry Hirschhorn and Jason Wade called Nine Wives. It's based on Dan Ellis' novel. Dan did the book for 13. It's a fun show—three actors. And then I've done another show called Helen of Troy that has 15, 16 people. I'm writing music and co-lyrics for these. And a new play as well that was a finalist for The Arthur Laurents-Tom Hatcher Award. It's called Lovely—Send Anywhere."

Others in attendance: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, looking forward to another summer of Shakespeare in the Park, Fela's Bill T. Jones, working with The Dodgers on a show a year from now; record mogul Tommy Mottola with his Thalia; Cristin Milioti of Once; Peter Dinklage of "Game of Thrones"; Megan Hilty of "Smash"; Desmond Child and The Lion King's queen; Julie Taymor; with Oscar-winning composer-husband Elliot Goldenthal and an extra-real smile.

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