I'm pinching myself this morning. First on the bill last night was seeing my favorite young star Kate Baldwin at my favorite venue Feinstein's with some of my favorite people.
THEN I went to the Opening Night Party for A Little Night Music at Tavern on the Green, courtesy of an invitation from my delightful new friend Alan, who is involved as an investor with the show. He's a Broadway lover going all the way back to seeing the a replacement cast of the first run of South Pacific as a four year old.
Decked out in my sparkly party dress, I arrived at the front door where I had to show proof of my ticket several times. Then I floated into an odyssey of a party. If you've been to Tavern on the Green, you know it's HUGE and this crowd took advantage. There were many rooms full of elegant party goers. There was a buffet dinner and many open bars. I had a piece of delicious white cake. I started out with a glass of red wine, but it was so crowded, I ditched it for clear liquid - water - as I wouldn't dare be responsible for sloshing red wine on some fancy party-goer.
The stars were in the main room and fortunately, we were free to roam about after dinner. Before I even saw members of the cast, I saw Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Pat Riley (yes, the basketball coach!), Lauren Bacall, Wallace and Simpson, Judy Kuhn, and lots of Broadway producers and industry types.
I patiently waited in a very crowded line to congratulate Angela Lansbury. Of course, she was as gracious as always and looked gorgeous (84? I think there's a painting in an attic somewhere...). While I was waiting, I was happy to greet Aaron Lazar, who plays the Dragoon. I love his performance - he's always solid in everything.
Then after greeting Angela, in came Catherine Zeta-Jones. The room erupted in applause and a 1,000 flashes when off. I never saw so many people congregate at once - she was a like a magnet and the room seemed to whoosh to her. She finally made her way over to Michael Douglas, who was waiting for her with a very large bouquet of white roses. It was fun seeing them kiss and looking so happy to see each other. He seemed to be beaming with pride. Since I was sort of swept in to the crowd and unable to move, I got pretty close. She is unbelievable to look at - you daren't look to long, for fear of ruining your eyesight.
The place became almost like a mosh pit and finally was able to escape to go in search of my friend Hunter Ryan Herlicka, who plays Henrick. I saw the very handsome Alexander Hanson, who plays Fredrik, but I never did run into any of the rest of the cast. Finally, I got a text message from my friend Alan that Hunter was spotted. I got a huge hug from him. I'm so happy for him!
Around 12:30 am, my carriage was threatening to turn into a pumpkin so I joined the long taxi line. Even though I live only less than a mile from the Tavern, my party feet couldn't wait a minute more. Inside, the party was still very full at that point and no doubt celebrated until the wee hours. And that's another opening night for me.