It was all the A list for Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman’s Broadway debut last night in “A Steady Rain.”
Among the crowd: Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephanie March and Bobby Flay,’ Ellen Barkin, writer-director Doug McGrath, director Darren Aronofsky, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, a gaggle of network executives, plus of course, Hugh and Daniel.
At the Harvard Club after party, the two men ‘ no doubt tired of looking at each other every night for 90 minutes ‘ took up opposite corners and received well wishers. Hugh left early, he said he had to take his kid to school in the morning.
Daniel Craig, the surprise of the show, is getting tired of being asked the same question: does he mind not having action, and just dialogue?
“I’ve done plays before,” he said, a little irritated, and rightly so. We do tend to peg these actors for what brings them to our attention. They have whole long histories. Daniel Craig’s background is in theater. And his future is there, too.
So what next? Playwright Keith Huff is writing a screenplay based on the play, and the movie is on. Look for a frenzy among actresses age 35 for the pivotal role of Connie, unseen in the play but upon which the movie will hinge. Kate Winslet, are you reading this?
P.S. Producer Fred Zollo spent the night grinning from ear to ear. “Steady Rain” is the steadiest ticket on Broadway.