First Trailer for Broadway Comedy 'Opening Night' with Topher Grace

October 29, 2016
Source: YouTube

Opening Night Trailer

"This is why I hate musical theater." A trailer has debuted for an indie comedy about the opening night of a Broadway show titled simply Opening Night. The film stars Topher Grace as a failed Broadway singer who is now working as a stage manager on a big Broadway show that is about to open. Everything that could go wrong backstage seems to have gone wrong and more. This is pretty much the polar opposite of Birdman, which was also about a Broadway show's opening night and things going wrong. In addition to Grace, the eclectic ensemble cast includes Alona Tal, Taye Diggs, Rob Riggle, Anne Heche, Paul Scheer, J.C. Chasez, Lesli Margherita, Lauren Lapkus and Brian Huskey. This actually doesn't look seem that bad, there's some genuine humor found within, especially for those familiar with the stage world. Have fun.

Here's the first red band trailer for Isaac Rentz's Opening Night, direct from YouTube:

Opening Night

Stage manager, Nick (Grace), has the odds stacked against him backstage on opening night of the new Broadway Musical "One Hit Wonderland". He must corral the eccentric cast and crew after learning that Chloe had a drunken fling with the star, JC Chasez (from NSYNC, playing himself). From prima donna back-up dancer, to a temperamental producer, to his leading lady suffering one accident after another, Nick makes sure 'the show must go on' in this R-rated musical comedy. Opening Night is directed by filmmaker Isaac Rentz, a music video and commercials director making his feature directorial debut with this film. The screenplay is written by Greg Lisi and Gerry De Leon. This first premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this year. Opening Night will be released straight-to-VOD on November 18th. Interested?

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  • Charles Knowlton
    For a second I thought maybe this was a remake of the fantastic Cassavetes film. I don't have the hate for remakes that most people do, but I'm glad to see it's not however. This looks pretty ok.
    • Bo
      I agree and wish they hadn't used Cassavetes' title. Gena Rowlands was great in that was Cassavetes...good stuff. Long gone and not to be anymore. I knew and worked with them both on a project. Great, great talented people and as nice as can be. Loved them both. Gena is one of the most graceful people I've ever met. Glad to see someone remembers that Cassavetes film as it was the first thing I thought of when I came upon this article. Good to know others!
      • Charles Knowlton
        How cool that must have been to have worked with Cassavetes and Rowlands! I've been a Cassavetes fan for many years now, but the older I get, the harder it becomes to watch his films. A Woman Under The Influence remains in my top 5 where it's been since I first saw it some 20 years or so ago, but damn, some of those films are just hard to watch anymore. They just seem to hit too close to home or something. Not sure what it is, but few other filmmakers have had the effect that Cassavetes had on me. It's so sad that he made so few films, but I think that's part of what makes them so special.
        • Bo
          Well, it was and I liked the both of them enormously. Just wonderful, nice and very talented people. John's unique vision was and remains not for everyone, that's for sure, but he was his own man and I'm grateful to have known and worked with him. He was ill at the time, but you'd of never really known it. He wasn't the type of guy who wore his burdens on his sleeve. He was a great guy and I said...I came to know what grace is by working and being around her. She's one of the only people I've ever known to possess that quality. Lovely, lovely woman. Peace.
    • shiboleth
      Oh thanks for reminder. Films directed by Cassevetes were and still are highly worthy of attention. Very good reminder, indeed ...
    Riggle me timbers!
  • shiboleth
    It looks like it could be enjoyable and entertaining. In a strange way, it reminds me of Moulin Rouge ...




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