Last night was no exception. Every entrance was met with generous applause. After the big cast tap number of "Who's That Woman" the audience burst into a standing ovation. Although I find New York audiences tend to overdo the standing O, I thought in this instance it was called for. It's an athletic number and these performers have worked incredibly hard to make it work. Terri White got teary and called the ladies in the number in for an extra group hug.
Elaine Paige got a few standing fans after her I'm Still Here number.
Bernadette Peters did the honors for a cast speech at the end of the show. She gave thanks to Sondheim, the late James Goldman, the Kennedy Center producer Michael Kaiser, Jonathan Tunick and the show's director Eric Schaeffer. She thanked New York for embracing the show.
For those seeing the show for the first time last night (and there were some and they were really confused), the audience explosions of cheers, applause and "bravas," might have been unexpected and distracting. But for those who were fans of the show, the cast and Sondheim, it was a celebratory send off as the show heads West to Los Angeles.
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