PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Dividing the Plantation, With Scarlett Claws

By Harry Haun
18 Jan 2013

Emily Bergl
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Kicking up their heels with some abandon: Mamie Gummer, wife of the leading man, dressed in a skin-hugging red that matched her lipstick (a beaming vision, I'm telling ya), sometimes with little sis, Grace Gummer, dressed all in black save for a necklace of red hearts; Matt Bomer of "Nip/Tuck" and "Magic Mike"; Bertie Carvel and British producer Kit Plaschkes; chronic Tony nominee Victor Garber, now of "Argo," next of TV's "Deception"; Ari Graynor, gaily wrapped in a Picassoeque clash of red, white and black, on the arm of one of The Performers she recently performed with, Daniel Breaker, who's breaking in a new act Jan. 28 at 54 Below ("I don't have a name for it. Everybody keeps asking me what the name is. It's some Stevie Wonder, a lot of R&B, a few little chestnuts"); Tovah Feldshuh, who has a name for her 54 Below gig Feb. 7-9 (Tovah Feldshuh: On, Off & Now Under Broadway) and is threatening to sing more than one song from Sarava and even stuff from Brainchild, a show written by Michel Legrand and Hal David, produced by Adela Holzer, that was supposed to open in 1974 but never got out of the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia.

Also: food diva Ina Garten; the Broadway-initiated Jonas brother, Nick; the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Shadow Box, Michael Cristofer, who shared A View From the Bridge with Johannson on Broadway and is now of TV's "Smash" (or, in his case, "Splash"); Paul Dano; the happily wedded, always working Dylan Baker ("Zero Hour" and "The Good Wife") and his good wife, fresh from The Great God Pan, Becky Ann Baker; Chandler Williams of "Person of Interest" and the new "Zero Hour"; Mary McCann, late of "Person of Interest" herself; Grant Aleksander with Sherry Ramsey; Atlantic Theater Company kingpin Neal Pepe, about to start rehearsing Broadway's Hands on a Hardbody — he's also presenting, at Atlantic's main stage, Carol Kane as Bette Davis in a new Craig Lucas play, helmed by Pam MacKinnon.

Then, there were Frank Grillo ; married actors Jon Patrick Walker and Hope Davis (the nice and nasty gossip-columnist of "Newsroom" — more to come, thank God); Sarah Paulson, who gave good Golden Globes carpet this week (for "Game Change"), now into stage introspection for Talley's Folly with Danny Burstein at the Laura Pels; Carrie Preston; superagent George Lane; "Grey's Anatomy" star T. R. Knight, finishing up his sixth episode on "The Good Wife" ("I have a movie coming out this summer, '42,' the Jackie Robinson story. I play the traveling secretary for the team. Chadwick Boseman, who plays Jackie, is fantastic"); Gregory Mosher, who directed Johansson in 2009's A View From the Bridge, and now is casting The Guardsman for a Kennedy Center presentation that will start June 1; Elizabeth Rodriguez; Brit directors Matthew Warchus and Michael Grandage; La Scala Ballet/ABT principal dancer Roberto Bolle.

And finally: Cass Morgan, an ex-Dinette like Monk, with director John Doyle, who'll bring their Pump Boys and Dinettes to Broadway right after he finishes his Off-Broadway Passion; Sam Gold, fresh from directing the Broadway Picnic this week and now deep into The Flick Off-Broadway, with playwright-wife Amy Herzog, who's also OB bound; Holland Taylor, there for costumer Julie Weiss (who did her Ann costumes), was chomping at the bit, dying to begin her show on Texas governor Ann Richards at the Vivian Beaumont: "I want to get pass the opening into the open seas"; Jessica Hecht, soon one of The Assembled Parties on Broadway; Lily Rabe with actor-director Pedro Pascal; the funny Tracey Ullman; Cabaret Tony winner Ron Rifkin; Doubt Tony winner Adriane Lenox , who'll be leading the big Cotton Club Parade to Broadway this fall; A Doll's House Tony winner Janet McTeer with Joe Coleman; cabaret's royal pair, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey; producer Scott Landis and wife, director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall; and director Walter Bobbie, who just finished a run of Terrence McNally's Golden Age at Manhattan Theatre Club and is returning to acting next week for an episode on "The Good Wife." Bobbie will helm the reading of a new David Ives play, Saint Simone, about French philosopher Simone Weil, in about a month at CSC — "and I'm very happy to be here with Rob [Ashford]. We first met in the Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes. He was the dance captain, and he put me into the show."

Playbill Video met the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof stars on opening night.