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On opening night, director Jack O'Brien was in attendance, along with his most recent Broadway star (the lovely, at-liberty Katie Holmes of the very Dead Accounts) and his next (Nathan Lane, The Nance as of April 15 at the Lyceum). Lane, it will be remembered, had Metcalf for his Tony-nominated speechwriter when he was President in the Mamet-written, Mantello-directed Oval Office antic, November.
Mario Cantone said he was plotting his Broadway comeback, but carefully this time: "I'm trying to get my next one-man show produced, hopefully for the fall. It's called Mario Cantone Swings Both Ways. I put my frigging name in the title, that's what I did because last time I didn't do that. I'm learning from Tyler Perry."
Likewise in the fast lane, Megan Hilty: "I'm working on the series ['Smash'], I have an album coming out in March, and I'm going to be doing a concert in Carnegie Hall on March 8." To say nothing of the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes concert cast recording that's selling well. "I never had so much fun in my life," she said of that Encores! show.
Other first-nighters: Brian d'Arcy James, late of Giant and now of concert gigs; Ari Graynor, late and great of The Performers; Richard Topol; Working lyricist Susan Birkenhead; Driving Miss Daisy author Alfred Uhry; Tony winners Adriane Lenox of Doubt and Ron Rifkin of Cabaret; Christopher Evan Welch, who butts heads with Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master" and regrets it; Stephen DeRosa, back from his West Side Story tour; actor-directors Walter Bobbie and Jerry Dixon; the super-busy Michael Wilson, who's helming Talley's Folly Off-Broadway and The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway this season; Jessica Hecht, checking out the theatre where she'll next play, opposite Judith Light, in The Assembled Parties; Daniel Breaker, who'll be breaking in a club act at 54 Below on Jan. 28, and his director-wife, Kate Whoriskey; actor-composer Seth Clayton with Channing Kehoe; comedienne Amy Sedaris with TV's Andy Cohen; Emmy winner Edie Falco, in from rehearsing MTC's next City Center offering, The Madrid, and that play's author, Liz Flahive; Actors' Equity Nick Wyman, looking properly Presidential; and that always classy acting couple, Robert Emmett Lunney and Jan Maxwell.
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