Legit production draws crowd to party
HOLLYWOOD — So much for the gentility of the theater crowd: Would-be revelers cut into the long line snaking into the after-party for Sunday afternoon’s “All About Eve” reading with such abandon, it would’ve made Margo Channing blush.The soiree was supposed to be a restricted affair, but it sure seemed like most of the Ahmanson aud was bottlenecked getting into Impresario restaurant inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The first stage perf of the classic 1950 film was put together in a matter of weeks as a benefit for the Actors’ Fund of America. Thesps ran through their lines only once the day before the staging. “There was not a lot of rehearsal, which is how it should be,” said Calista Flockhart, who played the titular Eve Harrington to Stockard Channing‘s Margo. “You have all the fun of being on stage without the time commitment,” said Jennifer Tilly, who played Miss Casswell, an aspiring actress Marilyn Monroe portrayed in the bigscreen version. “I was flattered at my age to be asked to play the starlet role when I am in life more like Margo Channing.” The bash drew luminaries from both worlds, including original “Eve” co-star Celeste Holm, benefit chair Tom Mankiewicz, son of the pic’s writer-director, and adapter David Rambo; plus reading’s Tim Curry, Blythe Danner, Angela Lansbury, John Ritter and Carl Reiner; and guests such as Flockhart b.f. Harrison Ford (who fled the paparazzo’s insistent flashes), Alec Baldwin, Timothy Dalton, Budd Friedman, Bruce Vilanch and Doris Roberts.