It’s a busy time on Broadway, with a slew of new shows crammed into a short period in order to open by Wednesday’s Tony eligibility cutoff.
The back-to-back scheduling lets Rialto regulars continue conversations at one opening that they began at another the night before.
At Wednesday’s opening of London import “Coram Boy,” industry folk could discuss their love-it-or-hate-it responses to the sweeping Dickensian melodrama. The next night, at the opening of “LoveMusik,” starring Donna Murphy and Michael Cerveris, talk turned to the Tonys, with a couple of producers lamenting that this year’s telecast is up against the final episode of “The Sopranos” on June 10.
As for the actual opening-night performances, it’s best to turn to an experienced pro: Angela Lansbury, who opened in the latest Terrence McNally play, “Deuce,” with co-star Marian Seldes on Sunday.
“First nights are difficult,” she said after the show, in which she and Seldes play a pioneering women’s doubles tennis team. “The audience is so anxious to make us feel good, and we’re anxious to do the same for them.”
So how did it go?
“It was probably fine,” the Broadway legend said with laugh, before being whisked off to mingle at the opening-night party at Sardi’s.