NEW YORK — The March 21 opening-night party for “Bat Boy” at the W Hotel on Union Square had a decidedly tabloid feel — right in character for a little $1 million Off Broadway musical based on a favorite target of the shameless Weekly World News.
There was Woody Allen dining with Soon-Yi, and who should glide by with her gaggle of gal pals but Monica Lewinsky, decked out in a flesh-colored cashmere sweater that was a far cry from her more sedate all-in-black appearance at the Roundabout’s tony “Design for Living” bash a week earlier.
Lest anyone believe the “Bat Boy” people had gotten wickedly novel with their guest list, think again.
“BB” producer Jean Doumanian has worn the producer hat on several Allen films. And Lewinsky was the invited guest of “BB” producers Victoria Leacock and Robyn Goodman, who are also producing the Jonathan Larson musical “Tick, Tick … Boom,” and count Lewinsky as their very first investor on that Off Broadway project. Maybe those lawyer bills weren’t so overwhelming after all.
Otherwise, it was a “Bat Boy” family night. Shirley Knight applauded daughter Kaitlin Hopkins in the show, and composer Stephen Schwartz gave director-son Scott Schwartz a big hug afterwards.
What’s it like sitting through your son’s opening night?
“Much scarier than sitting through your own,” said Schwartz, echoing something former President Bush once said about Dubya.