PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Macbeth: Cumming and Going

By Harry Haun
22 Apr 2013

Godspell and Somewhere in Time star Hannah Elless
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

At the other end of the red carpet, trying to get out of that gauntlet run of flashbulbs and soon submitting without a struggle, was Jesse Tyler Ferguson. On Tuesday, he begins rehearsing the Shakespeare in the Park production of The Comedy of Errors, playing Dromio to Hamish Linklater's Antipholus, under the direction of Daniel Sullivan.

Bill Evans, longtime theatrical press agent we all lost to lazy Florida retirement, is back with us with a vengeance—an opening-night omnipresence. "I'm now director of public relations for The Shubert Organization," he said. (It's called landing big.)

Figure-skating great and occasional opening-night celeb Dick Button was awed by the main event. "It was an amazing tour de force," he declared to one and all.



Producer Davenport is also a musical book writer, and the cast he assembled for his adaptation of the Christopher Reeve-Jane Seymour time-traveling romance of 1980, Somewhere in Time, "starred up" the Macbeth evening—before they hit the road to Portland, OR, to world-premiere at Portland Center Stage May 28-June 30. Doug Katsaros did the music, and Amanda Yesnowitz the lyrics. Scott Schwartz directs.

"I play Frank, the desk clerk, who is the porthole between 1912 and 1982 so I lead Ryan Silverman and Marc Kudisch into the past and the present," explained Eric Liberman to me. "The leading lady, Hannah Elless, made her Broadway debut last year with Godspell. David Cryer's also aboard." Mrs. Kudisch (Shannon Lewis) will assist John Carrafa in choreographing the Richard Matheson story.

Cinderella (Laura Osnes looking beautiful to be entering the world of this Macbeth) entered with hubby Nathan Johnson in tow. Other first-nighters included Alexandra Hedsion, three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, two-time Oscar winner Jody Foster, Bonnie & Clyde's Claybourne Elder and hubby Eric Rosen, new mother-daughter act Kathy Najimy and Samia Finnerty, Saffron Burrows, Gabriella Garcia, Tamsen Fadal, Sebastian Arcelus, Rosario Dawson of "Trance," Krysta Rodriguez in stunning red, Corbin Bleu, Colleen Zenk, Josh Charles, Kimberly Newman, Christian Siriano, Drood's highly suspicious Will Chase, Cynthia Rowley, Justin Vivian Bond, Danielle Melanie Brown and Michelle Brown, yes, Liza, with Billy Stritch, Frankenstein-turned-Sherlock Jonny Lee Miller with Michele Hicks, silver-locked "Mr. Big" Chris Noth, Jennifer Esposito, Tonya Pinkins, and Lance Horne.