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Catherine Zeta-Jones Makes Broadway Debut In A Little Night Music

Dec. 14 2009, Published 10:24 a.m. ET

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Send in the clowns... and the accolades.

Catherine Zeta-Jones was a hit in her Broadway debut, as she starred alongside five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's musical, A Little Night Music, on Sunday evening at New York City's Walter Kerr Theater.

The 40-year-old stunning wife of Michael Douglas, who won a Oscar for the film version of the musical Chicago, said she has not been in a traditional theater production in nearly 20 years. It didn’t show. Zeta-Jones’ maiden performance in the new production already has some critics calling for an encore.

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"Zeta-Jones, younger than the performers who have traditionally played the role, is captivating as Desiree," according to The Hollywood Reporter's Frank Scheck. "The actress has musical theater experience, and it shows; she has terrific stage presence, unlike so many movie stars who tread the boards, and she sings and moves beautifully."

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