PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Bullets Over Broadway—Guys and Dorks

By Harry Haun
11 Apr 2014

Susan Stroman
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Did Danieley detect a diva around the house lately? He was the model of tact: "I guess there are traits that are apparent that get actors roles. There are reasons they get roles. Maybe she's saved a little bit for the character so there won't be accidents around the house." Next for him: "I'm doing a reading of a new Ken Ludwig play at the McCarter. It's about Sherlock Holmes. It's an adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and I play Dr. Watson. The Sherlock I'll find out on Monday. We're doing a three-day reading, then a production next season. It's not a musical—thank God--nice to do a play every once in a while. Gary Griffin, who directed me in Sunday in the Park with George at Chicago Shakespeare and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at Encores!, will direct."

Max von Essen and Adam Kantor, fresh from singing the "Unsung Carolyn Leigh" over the weekend in Lincoln Center's Kaplan Penthouse, were still basking in the warm critical reception. With von Essen in the title role, several songs from the unproduced Gatsby struck the fancy of The Times' Stephen Holden. "My gosh, that review was simply great," purred van Essen. "Hopefully, that'll gather even more interest. When The Times talks about something, people listen a little bit more."

He has several irons in the fire. Most immediate, in a couple of weeks, is Anything Goes with the Indianapolis Symphony with Rachel York, Gary Beach and Judy Kaye.

Seen side-by-side: Elizabeth Berkley and hubby Greg Lauren, an ex-actor—now-designer peddling a clothing collection based on his work as a painter; Regis Philbin and Joy; ABC's Cynthia McFadden on the arm of publisher Joe Armstrong; actors Martin Moran and Henry Stram; directors Stanley Donen and Elaine May; agent Richie Jackson and Jujamcyn's Jordan Roth; Ina Garten, the Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, and her count, Jeffrey.

Also: Charles Grodin; record mogul Tommy Mottola; flashy, frosty Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue; John Weidman, Stroman's Contact collaborator; Barbara Walters of "The View"; R&H kingpin Ted Chapin, who just made his bosses look very good indeed in the 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics and Lyricists" series; Marlo Thomas and Steve Guttenberg from the May-Allen clambake, Relatively Speaking; "image consultant to Broadway actresses" George Brescia; Wicked/Godspell's Stephen Schwartz; The Drowsy Chaperone songwriter Lisa Lambert; Pulitzer Prize playwright Doug Wright; and, surprisingly, a delighted Frank Langella, who has seen the show three times.

Berloni, the dog trainer who put Annie's Sandy on the map, escorted his newest stars—Romeo, the English bulldog that stole critical thunder from his two-legged co-stars in Threepenny Opera, and Trixie, Ziemba's Pomeranian armful in Bullets.