‘Crucible’ heats up

Nearly all producers attend revival's bow

It’s doubtful Arthur Miller — or Mel Brooks, for that matter — would go for the idea, but “The Crucible” could be aptly retitled “The Producers II.”

Nearly all 25 producers of the Miller play were on hand for the revival’s opening at the Virginia Theater Thursday night. That number reps an all-time high for Broadway, easily beating such producer-laden shows as “Angels in America” and “The Kentucky Cycle.”

Minutes before the curtain call, lead producer David Richenthal (the buck had to start somewhere) tiptoed down the aisle to the 87-year-old playwright’s fourth row aisle seat and led him backstage to await what was to be a humongous ovation.

Those applauding Miller, stars Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and 20 other actors included Tom Brokaw, Harrison Ford, Mark Green, Mike Nichols and Sarah Jessica Parker as well as Neeson’s wife, Natasha Richardson, and the playwright’s son-in-law, Daniel Day-Lewis.

At Tavern on the Green’s black-tie party, Miller and Neeson easily took focus in their cooler-than-thou sports coats.

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