Photo Coverage: THE ROYAL FAMILY - Opening Night Arrivals

George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's 'The Royal Family' officially opened on Thursday, October 8th at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production is directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes. Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are presenting the production for their acclaimed Manhattan Theatre Club.

BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were there as the stars arrived for the official first night performance.

According to press notes, the audience will "follow a famous family of stage stars as they go about the drama of the day: choosing scripts, dashing off to performances, stealing kisses from handsome beaus. But what's this business about the youngest diva wanting to quit the stage for domestic bliss? Never, darling!"

Single tickets to THE ROYAL FAMILY are available via www.Telecharge.com; by telephone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 if outside the NY metro area; and at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $57.00-$97.00.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. MTC productions have earned a total of 16 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: THE ROYAL FAMILY - Opening Night Arrivals
Opening Night of The Royal Family at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Photo Coverage: THE ROYAL FAMILY - Opening Night Arrivals
Opening Night of The Royal Family at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

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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.