'Appian' happening in Gotham

NEW YORK — After the curtain fell on Thursday’s opening-night perf of “A Naked Girl on the Appian Way,” Matthew Morrison could cut loose a little.

The new show by Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg is the first major play for the actor, known for work in tuners such as “Hairspray” and “The Light in the Piazza.”

“Being in a play is easy,” Morrison said. “I don’t have to warm up. I don’t have to live like a nun. I can actually have a beer now and then.”

“Naked Girl” is the first of two Broadway outings this season for Greenberg; a spring revival of his “Three Days of Rain” will star Julia Roberts.

At the party, held at the new Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, the playwright wasn’t much worried about critical response to “Naked Girl.” “I haven’t read any of my reviews since 1989,” he said. “It’s why I write so many plays. I don’t know what anybody thinks of them.”

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