Kim Cattrall Broadway

November 18, 2011 by staff 

Kim Cattrall Broadway, Glamour past and glamour present met Thursday night outside the Music Box Theatre, where the crowd gathered for the opening night of Noel Coward’s Private Lives, the same production starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross that Toronto saw earlier this fall, courtesy of Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Tammy Grimes, the former Mrs. Christopher Plummer, showed up looking frail but elegant at the age of 77, stirring up memories of having played the same role as Cattrall opposite Brian Bedford in a splendid production 42 years ago.

And each of the leading players had an attractive former co-star in the audience to offer support. Cynthia Nixon, from Cattrall’s Sex and the City days was there, as was Rebecca Romijn, who appeared with Gross in the short-lived series Eastwick.

Impresario David Mirvish flew down from Toronto, while producer Paul Elliott and director Richard Eyre were on hand from London.

The eclectic crowd also included Michael Stipe of R.E.M., outrageous Broadway funnyman Mario Cantone and publishing heavyweight Sonny Mehta.

And while the audience adored the proceedings, the nicest approbation came from Ben Brantley in the New York Times, who praised both the stars and observed, “With Ms. Cattrall and Mr. Gross in the roles, you don’t doubt that Amanda and Elyot have a more than satisfactory time in bed, thank you. But what unites (and divides) them most firmly is stronger than sex. That’s the perspective they share on the world, one that few others appreciate. It’s a philosophy of deep and sincere flippancy, the belief that life (and death) is too damn serious to be taken seriously.”

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