Opening Night: A Moon for the Misbegotten

Monday night was the opening of the Broadway revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Kevin Spacey, Eve Best and Colm Meaney at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The play by Eugene O'Neill is about the unrequited love between a farmer (Meaney)'s alcoholic landlord (Spacey) and his ogrish daughter with a ruined reputation (Best).

The opening night party was at 230 Fifth, with the plan to use the rooftop bar. But because of the unseasonable weather they had to move inside. But a few of the stars still came out to help celebrate the cast’s almost three-hour performance including the gorgeous Aaron Eckhart, who was in town promoting his new movie No Reservations with Catherine Zeta Jones and Abigail Breslin. Eckhart hinted that he had been supposed to make his own appearance on Broadway this year but due to a scheduling conflict with a film he’d had to put it off.

Patrick Swayze looked amazing with a thin beard, shyly posing for photographers saying he’d been out on his ranch too long, (maybe doing some on-site research for his turn in the new musical Prairie) and wasn’t used to the attention. The slight Sam Rockwell talked about his role as Charley Ford in the Brad Pitt vehicle The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Haley Joel Osmont, who starred with Spacey in Pay It Forward and is currently attending NYU, said the great performances in the play made him eager to make a stage appearance.

Although Ben Brantley from the New York Times called Spacey’s performance too speedy, he praised Colm Meaney and the British import Eve Best for their interpretations.

I’m resisting the urge to put up a picture of Aaron Eckhart in favor of this cast photo, which I think is only fair seeing as how they were the reason for the party and my conversation with Aaron in the first place. (l-r) Kevin Spacey, Eugene O'Hare, Eve Best, Billy Carter and Colm Meaney.

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