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Exclusive ‘Opening Night’ Clip: Anthony Rapp Gets Heckled by Cheyenne Jackson — Watch

Exclusive 'Opening Night' Clip: Anthony Rapp Gets Heckled by Cheyenne Jackson — Watch


The new comedy “Opening Night” (no direct relation to the John Cassavetes film of the same name, presumably) is being released next week, and Indiewire has an exclusive clip to prove it. Anthony Rapp (“Rent,” “Dazed and Confused”) stars as a high-school drama teacher who, in order to save his department from imminent budget cuts, must put on a killer adaptation of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” That endeavor is, of course, complicated by an unruly cast of teenagers and the sudden appearance of the Bard himself.

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In the brief scene, Rapp is watching the opening night of the rocky production when an Emmy-winning actor he knows (Cheyenne Jackson, “30 Rock’) heckles him from a few rows behind him: “Were you sober when you directed this piece of garbage? Here’s some advice for next time: get drunk.” Rapp is a Broadway mainstay, adding some meta humor to the exchange.

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“Opening Night” is directed by Jack Henry Robbins. It will be available digitally and on-demand by Candy Factory Distribution on May 6.

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