Last week was a long one on Broadway thanks to three openings in a row — the kind of packed sked more common in the last-minute weeks of April than October.
First there was “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” which opened on Wednesday. If legiters felt like they’d just been to party venue 8 1/2 the night before, it was because they had: The soiree for Tuesday’s opening of “A Life in the Theater” was held there too. Both shows and parties came courtesy of lead producer Jeffrey Richards.
Next up was “La Bete,” the revival of David Hirson’s 1991 play staged by Matthew Warchus with a cast that includes David Hyde Pierce, Joanna Lumley and the toast of the after-party, Mark Rylance, who every night delivers a 35-minute monologue.
Twenty years ago, the show was a success in London — where this revival originated before it jumped the Pond — but it was a famously short-lived flop on Broadway. Warchus felt compelled to address that fact during the curtain call at the Music Box. Turns out the helmer saw that original production, and loved the play. “It was an inspiration and an intimidation to me,” he said. “Its life was cut too short.”