“Avenue Q” puppeteers shared a backstage buffet line with “Bombay Dreams” transvestites Monday night before Manhattan Theater Club’s spring gala, which raised $1.4 million.
“We had a couple fistfights with Tonya Pinkins,” quipped “Little Shop of Horrors” performer Hunter Foster. He was referring to the star of “Caroline, or Change,” the only still-running new 2003-04 Broadway tuner not repped on a slate featuring Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Schwartz and Mitchel David Federan (the young Peter Allen in “The Boy From Oz”), along with the first public Gotham perf of a song from lost Frank Loesser musical “Senor Discretion Himself.”
Comic between-song moments included the “Little Shop” plant threatening to eat no-show Hugh Jackman, and host James Naughton veering dangerously from his script. “I don’t think I will be writing for the Times any time soon,” he announced, “but then again, who is?” Huh? The audience ate it up anyway.