Glamorous, celeb-filled premiere for musical

The event was an hour behind start-time schedule, but the guests at Tuesday’s New York premiere of “Nine” didn’t seem to mind the wait.

While most revelers were happy stargazing at pic’s cast as well as guests Madonna and Tobey Maguire, execs in the crowd congratulated pic’s distrib, the Weinstein Co., which earlier in the day topped the Golden Globe nominations list with 12 bids — five of which went to “Nine.”

“Over the years, I’ve worked on a lot of tough movies, but none tougher than this,” said co-chairman Harvey Weinstein before the Ziegfeld screening. “Every day, going to set and having to see Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman was torture.”

Weinstein got an even bigger laugh when he went on to joke that the only diva among the star-studded cast was Judi Dench.

At the M2 Ultra Lounge after-party, helmer Rob Marshall said that thanks to Dench, he was able to cast Daniel Day-Lewis.

“I never dared dreamed that I could get Daniel because he works so infrequently and is very particular about the work he does, but he and Judi share the same manager,” he said. “After Judi was cast, her manager slipped the script to Daniel, and to my surprise, I got a call from him soon after.”

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