Director Miyamoto's legiter breaks barriers
NEW YORK — At Thursday’s Studio 54 preem of “Pacific Overtures,” B.D. Wong took time to introduce the show’s creators, which spurred Stephen Sondheim to leave his seat and give John Weidman a big hug.
Wong then let it be known that the revival marked “the first time that a Japanese citizen has directed a Broadway show. Tonight, Amon Miyamoto becomes one of Broadway’s own.” Wong’s voice also cracked a little when he introduced no fewer than seven actors, each of whom was making his or her Broadway debut that night. For the record, the debs are Eric Bondoc, Rick Edinger, Yoko Fumoto, Fred Isozaki, Mayumi Omagari, Daniel Jay Park and Jazel Anne Raymundo.
The audience then brushed aside a collective tear to make the obligatory trek to Guastavino’s, where “reserved” signs at each and every table had some celebs searching in vain for a place to sit down and eat. Press scavengers are used to balancing plate, fork and wine glass. But at Thursday’s event, Blair Brown, Robert Harling and Denis O’Hare also joined the ranks of the table orphans.