Never mind the Tony or the zillions of times she’s pulled off the multi-roles before. Lily Tomlin had the jitters before the L.A. revival of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.”
“I was nervous tonight,” Lily Tomlin confessed Wednesday night at the post-bow bash in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion’s Grand Ballroom. “But it was opening night.”
Camryn Manheim, who bartended for Tomlin when she was developing the show, turned out to see the play once more. “She’s incredible,” Manheim enthused. “It’s astonishing to me what she does in two hours with a dozen characters — the way she ties them all together.
“I’ve seen it a million times and I was still amazed tonight when she pulled it off.”
Several “Laugh-In” cronies also turned out to revisit the play. “She was brilliant then and if possible even more brilliant tonight,” Jo Anne Worley said. “Like all of us she has brought her life experience to the performance.”
“I’m drooling,” said Henry Gibson, who praised each new birth for the play, which retains dated references (Debby Boone‘s “You Light Up My Life”) and plenty of universal truths.
Also spotted: Tomlin’s partner Jane Wagner, who wrote and directed the play, “Laugh-In” exec producer George Schlatter, David Hyde Pierce, plus fellow “West Wing”ers Adam Arkin and Dule Hill.