Ian McKellen | Blog | 14 April 2014

Farewell to New York

My last day in NYC after nine months here, ended with an impromptu borscht and caviar snack at the Russian Tea Room, where the maitre d' wouldn't let me thank him for finding us a table at rush-hour. "Us" =  Steve (my assistant) and me. Then  to All The Way, the rivetting documentary  on Broadway about President Johnson passing the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Packed house for their hero Bryan Cranston as LBJ. He deserved his ovations, all the way. With eight  3-hour shows a week, he doesn't speak on Mondays; sign language and scribble only to communicate. Protects his voice. I must try it next time.

Sean Mathias is back in London, Sir Pat on his overdue honeymoon. Billy C is having fun with his son, I'm sure, and Shuler Hensley wowed as at the Carnegie Hall in Most Happy Fella - a masterpiece new to me. Thank you Encore, the producers.

Meanwhile Daniel Radcliffe is The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Cort Theatre. I left him a note in our dressing-room. We had a day working together in David Copperfield, his first film, when he was 10, bless him.

-Ian McKellen, New York, 14 April 2014

After two extensions, the two plays have ended their legendary run on Broadway

The Cort Theatre

"Absurdly enjoyable" - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Dazzling. What a treat this is." Linda Winer, Newsday

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