THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING opens in New York – phew!

Alison Bell, Matthew Whittet, Peter Carroll, Claire Jones in The Book of Everything. Photo Heidrun Lohr.

Well, we’re on. The Book of Everything has opened in the New Victory Theater.

Super response from the audiences and a rave review in yesterday’s New York Post.

‘It’s not quite right to say that “The Book of Everything” is one of the best children’s shows in town.
It’s one of the best shows, period.’
wrote Frank Scheck. He can come again.

It has been a very exciting, though exhausting, time for the company, flying for nineteen hours from Sydney to New York, bumping the set in, rigging the sound and lights, and rehearsing in the unfamiliar new space.

The New Victory Theater is wonderful – the oldest continuously used theatre on Broadway. It’s had a superb renovation, retaining the balconies and the boxes, the velvet curtains and ornate features on the ceiling.

‘A real theatre,’ said one of the actors.

It also attracts a great eclectic audience. A schools performance was packed with African-American (I hope that’s the current politically correct term) teenagers, who cheered on the characters as if they were rock stars.

The official premiere drew a more conventional, largely adult, theatre crowd, and for me the highlight was being able to celebrate the story and the production with Guus Kuijer, the Dutch author of the novel on which the play is based.

The cast invited unsuspecting ‘Uncle Guus’ up on stage for the participation finale, in which audience members join the cast to play guests at the Reading Out Loud Club, then at curtain call revealed his identity. A standing ovation and a magic moment followed.

The team get a well-earned day off tomorrow, before another week of schools and general public shows. The signs are that it will be a big success.

As Mr Scheck says:

‘The entire ensemble is terrific, especially Matthew Whittet, so endearing as Thomas that you’ll want to go onstage and hug him.

This “Book of Everything” is warm, witty, wise and wonderful.’

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26 responses to “THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING opens in New York – phew!

  1. How wonderful! Congratulations to all 🙂

  2. Congratulations! I had no doubt that you would be a success. I just wish I was in New York to see the play.

  3. I also wish I could see this play – well done, Richard and the whole theatre company! 🙂

  4. Kathryn Macdonald

    Richard, it’s wonderful that this marvelous play, and you and all those who created it, have been deservedly appreciated in such a tough old town. Fantastic!

  5. Jeroen

    Congratulations Richard. Having seen the show myself, I couldn’t disagree with anything Mr Scheck has said. I hope you’re thorougly enjoying and celebrating this wonderful achievement!
    Jeroen

  6. Fantastic Richard and well deserved. It’s a terrific play and I only wish we were there to celebrate its success. I’ll email Amy!

  7. Once again, congratulations Richard! What a great review! And it must be a thrill for Guus Kuijer as well. After winning the Astrid Lingren Award he’s certainly having a banner year.

  8. David Young

    Richard fantastic, would loved to have been there. The school audience response brought tears to my eyes, as did the review. I’m sure it did for ‘Uncle Guus’ as well. We’re all very proud of you, the Young’s

  9. shawjonathan

    Congratulations, Richard, abnd everyone else! What a total thrill!

  10. steven

    Brilliant! If you can make it there…

  11. djboz52

    What a wonderful achievement! Wish I was there to see it.

  12. What wonderful news!!! Congratulations, Richard and all your colleagues. Don’t suppose we’ll see it in Yangon for a while…

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