PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot The Winter's Tales

By Harry Haun
25 Nov 2013

Billy Crudup
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

His convincing low-Cockney accent is the miracle-working of Elizabeth Smith. "She's a dialect coach at Juilliard. She helped me through Elephant Man and two Arcadias."

Nathan Lane, Broadway's third and most recent (2009) Estragon, was there on opening night to check it out, as were director Evan Cabnet; costumer William Ivey Long; a couple of actor/playwrights (John Cameron Mitchell and Bruce Norris); Suzanne Bertish of the upcoming Machinal; Michael Braun, who is bringing Benedict to provinces via the Shakespeare Mobile Unit's current production of Much Ado About Nothing; Alan Cumming, who starts rehearsing his second coming of Cabaret in January; and Welsh hottie Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman of "The Hobbit" series).

Romeo and Juliet was represented, uptown (Orlando Bloom) and downtown (John Rothman), and both leading men in Mathias' Breakfast at Tiffany's were there — the one from London (Joseph Cross) and the one on Broadway (Corey Michael Smith). as were Mickey Sumner and Liv Tyler, actress-offsprings of Sting and Steven Tyler.

Janet McTeer, who has a Tony (A Doll's House) and a Tony nomination (Mary Stuart), admitted she's mulling a third visit to Broadway, but, for now, she'll show up just for old friends. "Ian, Sean and I did a play a long time ago in London — Uncle Vanya at the National. I'm fond of those boys, and I have a huge respect for them."

The Heiress' Dan Stevens, once of "Downton Abbey" and now comfortably ensconced in New York, admitted that he is eminently available for plays and projects.

Shuler Hensley
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Patti Smith, the "Godmother of Punk" and not your typical first-nighter, said the lure for her was "this collection of extraordinary gentlemen, not the least of whom is Samuel Beckett." The short answer: "Patrick invited me." Stewart was also the attraction for Kyle MacLachlan, the actor whose new career as a winemaker had been spotlighted earlier in the day on "CBS Sunday Morning." Right now, he's in town shooting J.J. Abrams' "Believe" series which will air in March on NBC.

Lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski marks his 50th and 51st shows on Broadway with this double bill and, by now, knows his way around Beckettville. "This is my third Godot. I did the one with Nathan and Bill [Irwin] four years ago, and the other one I did was at Berkley Rep, which is where we tried out this No Man's Land."

Brad Oscar said he's finishing up the run of Big Fish at the Neil Simon, "a show I'm very proud of," Dec. 29. In February, he's in a show at the York called Malpractice Makes Perfect, for which Sheldon Harnick has done the book, music and lyrics.

One Tony nomination — and he comes out for the classics: "Yes, and they have to be revivals," Richard Kind shot back. Next? "I did a pilot, and I'm praying it's picked up." Fighting post-nasal drip, Edward Hibbert sniffled out he was "freezing and going back to 54 Below the last two Tuesdays in January, then to Florida to do some Noel Coward for Barry Day and on to The Sound of Music at Lyric Opera in Chicago."

John Patrick Shanley was planning to be up and at 'em the next day to begin rehearsals with Debra Messing, Brian O'Byrne and director Doug Hughes for Outside Mullingar, his latest which will open Jan. 23, 2014, at MTC's Friedman Theatre. "Mullingar is a town in Central Ireland, and it's about the old country and my family there."

Shanley's play about modern-day piracy tried out at Vassar and evidently sank, but he loved the Tom Hanks movie based on the same incident, "Captain Phillips."

Yul Vazquez, who also has a role in "Captain Phillips," wore a Stetson all evening. Why, you ask? The Tony nominee for The Motherf**ker With the Hat never said.