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Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party

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The Broadway premiere of Larry Kramer's ground-breaking play The Normal Heart officially opened last night, Wednesday, April 27, at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The limited, 12-week engagement, directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe, began performances on Tuesday, April 19. Here are shots of the show's opening night party!

The cast of The Normal Heart includes Ellen Barkin (Ocean's 13), Patrick Breen (Next Fall), Mark Harelik (Mrs. Warren's Profession), John Benjamin Hickey ("The Big C"), Luke MacFarlane ("Brothers and Sisters"), Joe Mantello (Angels in America), Lee Pace ("Pushing Daisies"), Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), Richard Topol (The Merchant of Venice), and Wayne Alan Wilcox (Coram Boy).

The design team includes David Rockwell (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), David Weiner (lighting), David Van Tieghem (sound and original music), and Batwin & Robin (projections). 

The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller -- as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. First produced by Joseph Papp at New York's Public Theater, the play was a critical sensation and a seminal moment in theater history. So ahead of its time was this play that many of the core issues it addresses - including gay marriage, the healthcare system and, of course, AIDS - are just as relevant today as they were when it first premiered.

Tickets, priced from $26.50 to $116.50, are available via Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or in person at the Golden Theatre box office (252 West 45th Street). General rush tickets are available for $36.50 at the box office on a first come, first served basis the day of the performance. (Limit two tickets per person; cash or credit card.)

The Broadway production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart on Broadway is produced by Daryl Roth, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment in association with Gregory Rae and Jayne Baron Sherman/Alexander Fraser.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

 

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Atmosphere at the Broadway Opening Night After Party for 'The Normal Heart' in New York City.

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Cheyenne Jackson

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Joel Grey

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
George C. Wolfe

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Mark Harelik

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
John Benjamin Hickey

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
John Benjamin Hickey

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Luke MacFarlane

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Luke MacFarlane

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Luke MacFarlane

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Richard Topal

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Joe Mantello

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Joe Mantello

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Wayne Alan Wilcox

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Wayne Alan Wilcox

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Lee Pace

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Lee Pace

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Lee Pace

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Ellen Barkin

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Ellen Barkin

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Ellen Barkin

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Ellen Barkin

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Ellen Barkin & Larry Kramer

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
Larry Kramer, Ellen Barkin, Joe Mantello

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
George C. Wolfe, Larry Kramer, Ellen Barkin, Joe Mantello & Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
George C. Wolfe, Larry Kramer, Ellen Barkin, Joe Mantello & Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
George C. Wolf, Larry Kramer, Ellen Barkin, Joe Mantello & Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party
George C. Wolfe, Larry Kramer, Ellen Barkin, Joe Mantello & Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: THE NORMAL HEART Opening Night Party

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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.