The Hollywood celebrities showed up last night at the opening night of Good Night, Oscar at the Belasco Theatre, April 25. It was a fitting turn-out considering the show's subject matter: pianist-entertainment personality Oscar Levant. See what critics had to say about the show here.
Starring Sean Hayes in the title role, Good Night, Oscar takes place in 1958. Oscar has been asked to be a guest on The Tonight Show. The only problem is he's also checked into a mental hospital. The play by Doug Wright sees the protagonist battling mental issues, substance abuse, and personal demons (and features a bravura performance by Hayes, who also plays the piano for seven minutes straight).
On the red carpet, the attendees included Matt Damon, Molly Ringwald, Steven Spielberg, Shoshana Bean, John Krasinki, and many more. View Playbill's photos from opening night of Good Night, Oscar below.
See the cast take their opening night bows below.
Hayes is joined by Marchánt Davis as Alvin Finney, Alex Wyse as Max Weinbaum, Emily Bergl as June Levant, Peter Grosz as Bob Sarnoff, Ben Rappaport as Jack Paar, and John Zdrojeski as George Gershwin. The production's understudies are Sam Bell-Gurwitz, Postell Pringle, Max Roll, Thomas Michael Hammond, and Stephanie Janssen.
Good Night, Oscar is directed by Lisa Peterson and features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Ben Stanton and Carolina Ortiz Herrera, sound design by André Pluess, music supervision by Chris Fenwick, wig, hair, and makeup design by J. Jared Janas, casting by Stephen Kopel, and dramaturgy by Jacqueline E. Lawton.
David Lurie-Perret is the production stage manager, and Penelope Daulton is the company manager. Incidental music within the piece is played by Leandro Varady on the piano, Christopher Merril on the upright bass, Marques Carrol on the trumpet, and Robert Dicke on the drums.
The production's creative consultant is Tramell Tillman, production management is by Juniper Street Productions, and general management is by Allan Williams and Andrew Joy for Foresight Theatricals. Raz Golden is the associate director.
The project is the second attempt to craft a play around Hayes portraying Levant. Playwright David Adjmi recently alleged that his own Levant play, written for Hayes and the same producing team behind Good Night, Oscar, was stymied by the development of Wright's version.
See photos from the show below.