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Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit' Opening Night Arrivals

Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit began preview performances on Thursday, February 26, 2009 and opened on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Shubert Theatre (West 44th Street). We were there to capture all the starry arrivals at opening night!

The creative team, led by two time Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, Kate; Copenhagen, City of Angels, Noises Off!), includes sets by Tony Award nominee Peter J. Davison (Copenhagen, Democracy, Medea), lighting by three-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt (The Coast of Utopia, The Pillowman, Into the Woods), and costumes by Tony winner Martin Pakledinaz (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gypsy, Wonderful Town).

Blithe Spirit is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Steve Traxler, Jennifer Costello, Ken Davenport, Scott Delman, Jamie DeRoy, Wendy Federman, Michael Filerman, Jeffrey Finn, Ronald Frankel, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, JK Productions, Patty Ann Lacerte, Alan D. Marks, Judith Resnick, Arlene Scanlan, Terry Schnuck, and Barry Weisbord.

Blithe Spirit stars Angela Lansbury (Sweeney Todd,Gypsy, Dear World, Mame), Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding, An Ideal Husband), two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street), and two time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson ("24", "Recount" Enchanted April). Simon Jones (Waiting in the Wings, The Real Thing), Deborah Rush (Noises Off!) and Susan Louise O'Connor (Walk Two Moons) round out the cast.

Tickets for Blithe Spirit can be purchased by visiting telecharge.com or calling 212-239-6200 in the New York area, and 800-432-7250 outside the New York metro area.

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Opening night of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit!

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Opening night of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit!

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Opening night of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit!

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Elizabeth Ashley

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Elizabeth Ashley

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Elizabeth Ashley

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Elizabeth Ashley

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Peter Bartlett

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Polly Bergen & Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Polly Bergen & Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Polly Bergen & Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Polly Bergen & Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Polly Bergen

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Michael Cumpsty

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Jim Dale & his wife

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Jim Dale & his wife

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Rachel Dratch

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Rachel Dratch

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Rachel Dratch

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Rachel Dratch

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Cheyenne Jackson & Rachel Dratch

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Raul Esparza

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Tovah Feldshuh

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Tovah Feldshuh

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Tovah Feldshuh

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Tovah Feldshuh

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Penny Fuller

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Penny Fuller

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Tammy Grimes

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Tammy Grimes & Guest

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
David Hyde Pierce

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
David Hyde Pierce & Brian Hargrove

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Isabel Keating

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Isabel Keating

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Isabel Keating

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Isabel Keating

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Mark Morris

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Mark Morris

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Donna Murphy

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Donna Murphy

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
David Pittu

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Rex Reed

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Roger Rees

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Roger Rees

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Producer Jeffrey Richards

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Daryl Roth

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Judith Light

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Judith Light

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Judith Light

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Daryl Roth & Judith Light

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Liz Smith

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Liz Smith

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Joseph Stein

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Joseph Stein & his wife

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Joseph Stein

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Richard Thomas

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Tamara Tunie

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Tamara Tunie

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Allegra Versace

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Allegra Versace

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Allegra Versace & guest

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Allegra Versace

Photo Coverage: 'Blithe Spirit'  Opening Night Arrivals
Opening night is about to begin!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.