Revival brings back memories for playwright Guare
That very un-odd couple Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick took their seats Monday night just as the lights went down for the latest Broadway revival of “The House of Blue Leaves,” joining an eclectic aud that included Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Alda and Melissa Etheridge.
In the back of the Walter Kerr Theater, the playwright of the hour paced. Later, at the Sardi’s afterparty, John Guare insisted that he didn’t stand for the entire perf. “I wasn’t going to sit,” he said, “and then I got hooked by the performance and found an empty seat.”
“House” was first staged in 1966. It’s as if it were yesterday. “I can remember everything,” Guare said. “I remember where and why I was writing this play. Seeing it puts me in the present tense.”
He was joined on the fourth floor of Sardi’s by producers Scott Rudin and Stuart Thompson, who took the time to leave their A-list guests on the first floor to greet cast members Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh as they did their press duties upstairs.
Rudin looks to follow his two 2010 Oscar noms with possibly four Tony noms come Tuesday. “It has been a very good year,” he said, “and very busy.”
Stiller plays a failed songwriter in “House,” and gets to sing a lot of awful tunes. Is there a “Carousel” or “Company” in his future?
“Oh no,” he insisted. “I love musical theater as an audience member.”