January 17, 2008

The 39 Step Opens on Broadway!

I had the pleasure of attending the Broadway opening of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps on Tuesday night in NYC as a guest of the Roundabout. It was a great night, starting with a rousing performance followed by a fun opening night party.

The show was oh-so-familiar (I've seen it in London, and at least a dozen times in Boston) but director Maria Aitken has added a couple of fun new moments and made a few snips that made the frenetic pace of the NY show even more manic. It was great to see our sets, props and costumes up on that stage.

It was even better to see Maria, the cast, a few of the designers, and our backstage friends including Stage Managers Nevin Hedley and Janet Takami after the show! The growing excitement at the Times Square party gained even more momentum as news of a rave review in the NY Times spread.

Here are some photos, courtesy of Janet, and at the end of the post you'll find a link to the PLAYBILL.com coverage of the event.

Huntington's Costume Director Nancy Brennan (left) and guest enjoying the festivities.

Kevin, Janet, Peggy, Kelly, and Rosie (left to right) . Kevin and Rosie are both BU Students who worked on the Huntington run and reprised their roles as Assistant to the Director and Production Assistant in New York. Back to class you two! Janet and Peggy also stayed on with the show in their respective roles as Stage Manager and Dresser. Kelly, a BU grad who recently returned to NY after stage managing our production of Brendan was there with her S.O. Drew Levy. Drew (not pictured) is also a BU Grad, has several Huntington Sound design credits under his belt, and most recently was Assistant Sound designer on The 39 Steps. I guess he was at the bar. Nice to see these youngsters already working on Broadway! Congrats!

and here are yours truly with our GM, George Ryan, and his guest. For even more photos from the evening click here.
Read the NY Times review here.
and even more photos at BroadwayWorld.com

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