By Harry Haun
22 Nov 2013

Daniel Sunjata and Brian d'Arcy James
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Nathan Lane was the first to be seated at director O'Brien's table. They did The Nance together last season, and both won awards for it. They may win more when it's telecast in fall 2014. Lane said he's booked even farther than that: The Iceman Cometh, which won him such extraordinary reviews, will be coming to BAM in 2015.

The author of The Nance, Douglas Carter Beane, has moved on to other things, he said, lifting a lofty finger in the direction of The Met. (It seems he has written the dialogue for the new Die Fledermaus.) "Now, for some opera esteem," he said.

A couple of Hawke co-stars showed up for support: Josh Hamilton, one of the Utopians, flew in from New Orleans where he is filming the "American Horror Story" series. Jonathan Marc Sherman, who co-starred with him in Clive between writing gigs, came across town. "I acted in two plays last year so this is the year I'm a playwright," Sherman declared. "I'm working on a musical with Jason Robert Brown and Daisy Prince and a straight play which, right now, is called The Squeaky Wheel."

Another Jonathan — Walker — is finishing up a recurring role on "The Carrie Diaries" so he'll be ready for a Julie Halston rematch in Charles Busch's next play at Primary Stages, The Tribute Artist. (They were unforgettably funny in The Divine Sister.)

Among the classicists on hand for the opening: Zeljko Ivanek, Pulitzer Prize winners Alfred Uhry and Bruce Norris (the latter's latest, Domesticated, is now playing under the Beaumont at the Mitzi Newhouse), Carolyn McCormick (currently co-starring with Peter Scolari and Andrew Keenan-Bolger in Family Furniture, the A.R. Gurney play world-premiering these days at The Flea) and Tyne Daly.

The man in the kilts in the audience was Macbeth's associate production manager, Paul Smittyman — an Englishman, it seems, "but my mother's family is Scottish."