Audrey J. Bernard

*Since its lavish Opening Night on Sunday, January 24, 2010, the new Broadway production of Arthur Miller‘s most impassioned drama, A View from the Bridge at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street), is enjoying enormous success.  Passionately directed by Gregory Mosher, tickets to the 14-week limited engagement play are as hard to find as a $2 bill.

In A View from the Bridge, Liev Schreiber stars as Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine, played by the beautiful Hollywood starlet Scarlett Johansson, whose Broadway debut is garnering a heap of praise from fellow thespians.

Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant Marco, played by Corey Stoll, much to the consternation of her overprotective uncle but to the delight of his wife, Aunt Beatrice, credulously played by Jessica Hecht.

A View from the Bridge opens at The Cort Theatre

The gripping play is at best a meaningful throwback to the good old days when writers beguilingly captured what was actually happening in homes “real” homes.

The play also stars Michael Cristofer (Alfieri) and Morgan Spector (Rodolpho) as the volatile immigrant whose show-stealing performance bridges the gap between the old country ways and those of the newfound American ways and is not to be missed.

Rounding out the spellbinding cast are Alex Cendese, Anthony DeSando, Antoinette LavecchiaMatthew MontelongoMark MorettiniJoe Ricci, Robert Turano and Marco Verna.

A View from the Bridge is produced by Stuart Thompson and The Araca Group. Additional producers include Jeffrey Finn, America, Olympus, Marisa SechrestThe Weinstein Company, Platt, Sonia/Robert G. Bartner, Swinsky/Deitch, Adam Zotovich/Ruth Hendel/Orin Wolf, and The Shubert Organization.

Opening Night Party: A View from the Bridge stars Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson with director, Gregory Mosher

The View’s creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), and Scott Lehrer (sound design).

Opening Night Party: A View from the Bridge spellbinding cast members Morgan Spector, Jessica Hecht and Corey Stoll

Opening Night Curtain Call: A View from the Bridge opens at Cort Theatre starring Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Jessica Hecht, Michael Cristofer, Corey Stoll (partially hidden) and Morgan Spector

After many thunderous curtain calls, the View’s starry cast was joined by luminous first-nighters at Espace where they gave the play two thumbs up before partying all night long.  (Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.)

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.