Katie Holmes debuts on Broadway amid protests

Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:43pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Katie Holmes won praise for her debut on Broadway on Thursday night, where she was cheered on by actor husband Tom Cruise and shouted at by anti-Scientology protesters outside the theater.

The drama started before the curtains went up in the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater with a group of about 20 protesters, some masked, chanting "Scientology is a cult" and "Free Katie", according to the New York Daily News.

Inside Cruise, star of "Mission: Impossible" and one of the best known members of the Church of Scientology, was the main attraction, swarmed by fans and agreeing to pose for photos, overshadowing Dustin Hoffman who was also present.

But once the real action started on stage, Holmes proved herself to be worthy of her co-stars, Tony winner John Lithgow, Oscar winner Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson, in Arthur Miller's classic "All My Sons", according to press reports.

"She was extraordinary," Cruise said with pride following two standing ovations for the cast, according to The Daily News.

Katie was "actually pretty good. She has her hands on her hips a lot like she's posing for pictures and she projects her voice a bit too much, but she's a good actress," one audience member told OK! magazine.

Previews for the play began on Thursday but the official opening is October 16.

Holmes, 29, shot to fame on the U.S. television series "Dawson's Creek" before marrying actor Cruise with whom she has a daughter Suri.

Most recently she starred in box office flop "Mad Money".   Continued...

<p>Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes at the premiere of "Tropic Thunder" at the Mann's Village theatre in Westwood, California, August 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>