Catherine Zeta Jones Takes Her First Broadway Bow

by Chiara Atik · December 14, 2009

    Catherine Zeta Jones made her Broadway debut last night, alongside Angela Lansbury, in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's sex-romp of a musical, "A Little Night Music".There to support the Welsh-born actress were husband Michael Douglas, Hugh Jackman, Diane von Furstenberg, Donald Trump and Melania Trump, Georgina Chapman, and Kathleen Turner.

    Zeta Jones plays Desiree Armfeldt, an independent actress in 19th century Sweden, who wants to rekindle a romance with her old lover, who is now married to an innocent (VERY. innocent) 19 year old. Lansbury plays Desiree's mother, an ex-courtesan.

    So what does Ben Brantley, who has been rather harsh on the recent slew of Hollywood celebs on Broadway, say of Zeta Jones' performance?

    "In addition to being drop-dead gorgeous in David Farley’s wasp-waisted period dresses, Ms. Zeta-Jones brings a decent voice, a supple dancer’s body and a vulpine self-possession to her first appearance on Broadway....Ms. Zeta-Jones delivers her big ballad, “Send In the Clowns,” with an all-out emotionalism that I suppose makes sense but doesn’t jibe with the character’s amused urbanity. And swapping arch banter, sung or spoken, doesn’t come naturally to Ms. Zeta-Jones."

    More photos from the opening below...

    Michael Douglas                               Hugh Jackman

    Catherine Zeta Jones                           Angela Lansbury

    Donald Trump, Melania Trump         Diane von Furstenberg

    Kathleen Turner                               Georgina Chapman

    Barbara Cook                                 Kym Johnson

    Angela Lansbury, Catherine Zeta Jones

    [Images via Getty].