Every day is opening night.

“Never Say ‘Good Luck’ on Opening Night”

Ladies and gents,

Broadway opening nights are like the Kardashians. They’re glitzy, expensive, attention-grabbing affairs with lots of cameras around at all times. And don’t get me wrong, I love an opening night, but my favorite event on Broadway is the underrated first preview. Living in relative obscurity, the first preview is drama at its most dramatic. It is the nerve-wracking, will-it-or-won’t-it moment when a show faces its audience for the very first time. I get tingly just thinking about it.

I got to witness my fair share of first previews this past week. Eclipsed played its first performance on Tuesday, making Broadway history as the first all show with an entirely (biological) female cast and creative team. The show marks the Broadway debut of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, who is a magnificent creature. This is, as it was at the Public, an event! Can’t say more until opening night!

Thursday night marked another stunner’s Broadway debut. You may not yet know the name Carmen Cusack, star of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s new musical, Bright Star, but keep your ear to the pavement. Can’t say more until opening night (but if you want to get a taste, tune into “The Tonight Show” on Monday night).

Tidbits from around town…

Spotted “11/22/63” star T.R. Knight picking up a cup of coffee at midtown bodega.

Overheard Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s signature and iconic laugh ringing out in the Helen Hayes Theatre during a recent performance of The Humans.

Caught Andrew Lloyd Webber and American Theatre Wing president Heather Hitchens chatting on West 41st Street.

As always, a toast of something sparkling to you and yours!