NEW YORK — Happy tears, not to mention many dancing feet, stained the red carpet May 2 as “42nd Street” returned to its rightful place on 42nd Street. Who could be so cynical as to recall that the musical was actually a movie when the fabled avenue qualified as truly bawdy and gaudy?
Capping the current legit season, the Ford Center opening proved less glitteringly Hollywood, but more eclectically Gotham than the “Producers” preem two weeks earlier.
Nowhere else would you find Ivana Trump greeting Monica Lewinsky as Donald Trump chatted up Fran Weissler only to run right into Ivana’s Count Roffredo Gaetanni as the one-time prez hopeful tried to find his seat somewhere between Alan Dershowitz and Robin Byrd.
Speaking of variety, “42nd Street” producer Michael David likes to keep his shows, as well as his audiences, well mixed.
“Boy, it’s been wild going from this one to ‘Urinetown’!,” exclaimed David, wearing his signature opening-night combo of tux, baseball cap and sneakers.