Center Theatre Group artistic director/producer Gordon Davidson believes that people will turn out for live theater in Los Angeles — and looking at the capacity crowd of 1,600 attending the opening night of “Amadeus,” he might be right.
“The problem with theater in L.A. is that you want more,” Davidson said at the after-party in the Regal-Biltmore Hotel. “The goal is first to develop our own, and secondly to partner with other producers to bring in shows done elsewhere.”
The Broadway-bound “Amadeus,” helmed by Peter Hall and written by Peter Schaffer, imported from London, would fall under that second category, though scribe Schaffer said he rewrote a good portion in the past two weeks.
“The result of 20 years came together in the last couple of weeks. We moved from melodrama to drama,” he said.
Scenes involving Mozart’s “Requiem” and the “Magic Flute” were among those he rewrote in L.A., Schaffer said.
“It was hard, like having a child twice.”
Among the nearly 500 invitees celebrating the birth at the Regal-Biltmore’s Crystal Ballroom were co-stars David Suchet, Michael Sheen and Cindy Katz, Hall, Schaffer, Davidson and guests Dixie Carter, Hal Holbrook, Tim Curry, Alex Kingston, Gary Oldman, Angela Lansbury, Keri Russell, Susan Sullivan and Michael York.