Lily Tomlin attends Cecily Strong’s performance in Tony-winning role – The Hollywood Reporter

Besides giving a bow (or three) and receiving applause, actors do not usually address the audience after a stage performance.

But last night’s production of the one-woman show The search for signs of intelligent life in the universe at the Mark Taper Forum in LA was no ordinary night at the theater for Cecily Strong, which is why she took 30 seconds at the end of a very enthusiastic standing ovation to make an announcement.

“I want to thank a very special person who is here tonight – our original Trudy, our hero, the amazing Lily Tomlin,” she said in a shoutout to the comedy legend, a reveal that was greeted by the shock and awe of the sold-out crowd. on opening night. The room raised an already electric round of applause as guests scanned the crowd for Tomlin’s location.

Cecily Strong during the encore

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Strong prefaced the reveal by saying it was something that had never happened before, noting what a special night it was for everyone involved. Tomlin won a Tony Award in 1986 for originating the Broadway role based on a script written by the woman who would become his wife, Jane Wagner.

Searching for signs of intelligent life In the universe follows the “seemingly disparate lives of a punk-rock rebel, a socialite, a feminist, and a deceptive and shrewd observer, among many others,” according to press materials. Emmy nominated Saturday Night Live The Strong star is familiar with the material as the new production was originally produced by The Shed in New York last year with her in the lead role.

Directed by Leigh Silverman, the show began previews at the Mark Taper Forum on September 21 and will run until October 23. Produced in association with SNL honcho Lorne Michaels and veteran stage producer Bill Damaschke, the show is presented in association with The Shed.

After the show, Tomlin spent time catching up with Managing Director and CEO of Strong, Damaschke, Silverman and Center Theater Group, Meghan Pressman. Also taking part in the show on Wednesday were family guy executive producer Rich Appel and actors Peter Paige, Joe Pacheco and Barrett Foa, among others.

Lily Tomlin, director Leigh Silverman and star Cecily Strong after the show

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Producer Bill Damaschke and partner John McILwee

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Lily Tomlin and Meghan Pressman, Managing Director and CEO of Center Theater Group

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