'Dinner,' 'Faith' open on Broadway
Dinner at 8? Thursday night was more like snacks at 5 at Angus McIndoe restaurant as not one but two shows opened on Broadway: “Don’t Dress for Dinner” and “Leap of Faith.” The latter had a super-early 6 p.m. curtain at the St. James theater nextdoor.
The eatery fed not only Harvey Fierstein, Jefferson Mays and Scott Wittman but also enough legit producers to bankroll at least the first 30 minutes of a Broadway tuner.
“Leap of Faith” is all about the power of believing. So what do the men of “Faith” believe in after working on the long-gestating tuner?
“It made me believe in collaboration,” said composer Alan Menken at the Copacabana afterparty.
“Tenacity,” said leading man Raul Esparza. “This show has been a constant in my life for so long.”
“Patience,” said co-star Leslie Odom Jr., who also performs in NBC’s “Smash.”
Isn’t that a tad exhausting, juggling two shows?
Odom wasn’t going there. “You don’t need to hear an actor complaining about having a TV show and a Broadway musical.”
Over at the American Airlines Theater, Jennifer Tilly opened in “Dinner,” which was a tougher assignment than she originally thought.
“Everyone always used to do farces in summer stock because they think they’re easy,” Tilly said as she made her way to the afterparty at Planet Hollywood. “Now I realize farce is the most difficult thing ever.”
And she’s got the war wounds to prove it. “One night I thought I broke my nose,” she recalled. “And for the first two weeks, I had a giant bruise on my breast.”