Production proved to be a challenge

For the creators of “War Horse,” which opened Thursday on Broadway, there was a lot of research that went into animating the big puppets that play the production’s central character, steed Joey.

That was the case in London, where the show opened a couple of years ago and has proven major hit. The performers in the new Lincoln Center Theater production, on the other hand, could benefit from all that prior work done in the U.K.

“One of the puppeteers in the first cast wrote a booklet called ‘How to Think Like a Horse,’ ” said “War Horse” co-director Tom Morris.

In any event, it’s clear that each creative involved in the show has got to be a horse person. Right?

“Oh, I’m not at all, actually,” chimed in co-director Marianne Elliott, just before heading off to the opening-night party at Avery Fisher Hall. “I’m quite scared of them.” – — Gordon Cox

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