Troy, Simone, Bridget, Danny (Bridget’s husband-Danny Elfman) joined the cast crew and producers at a German restaurant downtown called Blaue Gans and had pigs knuckles and fantastic sausage, huge pretzels and beer…well, not just beer. It was a really great choice made by our producer, David Binder, because we could talk easily, move around. Speaking of moving, my assistant during the play, Rachael Brenna, gave a number of us a short lesson in pole dancing. Rachael was amazing to watch.

It was an emotional and beautiful evening.

Well, first thing, five minutes before the show starts, I go out to look through my opera glasses to see who’s in the audience and I see my son, pointing right at me and laughing with Simone. He points out my location behind the bookshelves to Bridget Fonda and Danny Elfman. I don’t know if he can actually see me but he knows my routine.

Then, in the dim light across the stage, instead of the usual wave they send our way (me and Don Amendolia), Colin, Samantha, Michael, all moon us.

So far the show is going well. I dropped my cane once and Susan (“Gertie”) picked it up, but I am beginning to find ways to actually use the cane for dramatic purposes. If we had another day I would find other ways to handle the cane so it wouldn’t fall.

We had a big standing ovation and three curtain calls and Tulea came out on stage for the third one.

Cynthia Nixon came backstage along with my family.


Jane Fonda; Samantha Mathis; Colin Hanks; Zach Grenier; Susan Kellermann; Don Amendolia (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


Jane Fonda; Samantha Mathis; Susan Kellermann (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


(Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


Jane Fonda; Samantha Mathis; Zach Grenier (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


Tulea (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


Cynthia Nixon; Moisés Kaufman; Christine Marinoni (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


Danny Elfman; Bridget Fonda; Jane Fonda (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


33 Variations Producer David Binder (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


Zach Grenier and our set designer Derek McLane (2 good lookers no?) (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


Moisés (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


Rachel Brenna, Me and Michael Rudd


(Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

See you next time

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  1. Once again, Jane, I want to thank you so much for sharing your Broadway experience with all of us through your blog. It has been wonderful and amazing following the process with you.

    I wish you all the best in the future and do hope you will bring the show to Toronto, as I understand that a national U.S. tour is planned, according to IMDb.

    Best of luck at the Tonys. I really hope that you win.
    Lots of love.

  2. Mazel tov! What an amazing play and performance. I am so thrilled I was able to see you in this play. I look forward to the future of the blog.

    I have subscribed to the women in Media info…… thanks……

    Be well! Have a successful surgery — and enjoy each moment! You will love the Galapagos!


  3. Congrats on a great run – enjoy the break.

  4. Jane, thanks so much for the last five months. I’ve always liked you a lot, but you’ve just made yourself that much greater to me. I’m so glad I got to see the show.

    Take care of that knee and don’t overdo it, but have a great trip to the Galapogos.

    So very good to see Bridget again. I’ve missed her in films.

  5. Well the final performance was amazing and worth every mile travelled from San Francisco. A great play. And hey, I’m on the blog. In the picture of you leaving last night I am behind your right ear with my orange tie and camera.
    What a special evening. Enjoy the Islands, you deserve it.
    Saw God of Carnage tonight…what an amazing Broadway season you were a part of. Hope to see you on the boards again. Thanks Jane!

  6. It been a pleasure being a part of your whole expierience. You’ve had an amazing journey. I could cry thinking about it. I’ve been on the blog everyday, and I too feel attatched to this show. Its sad to see it end. Thank you for sharing!!


  7. Enjoy your vacation!

  8. Hi Jane, Well, you made it! Congrats and now it’s time to relax in the Galapagos with the family!!

    When you gave your talk in Montreal on May 11 (I was in the audience) I remember you mentioning that your brother Peter Fonda had told you he was going to go to your last performance on Broadway. You didn’t mention him in your last blog. Did he manage to go at all? I was expecting to see a photo of him and you.

    Will you be blogging from the Galapagos? That would really be interesting!!

    Have fun Jane!

    Hugs from a fan from Montreal, Debbie

  9. Oh my gosh – the expression on your face during the curtain call just moves me to tears. I love that after all the success and fame you’ve had in your life and career, you’re still grateful and that you still feel things on so many levels. Ah – I just LOVE YOU. I’ve loved the blog, I was so delighted to be able to see the play, your twitter updates are a highlight – thank you Jane Fonda. Thank you thank you.

  10. Jane, these photos are marvelous! Looks like everyone really had an amazing time. I think it’s hilarious that Samantha, Colin, and Michael mooned you and Don. Charming! LOL

    All my best,

  11. Thanks so much Jane for your amazing blog and your
    courage in documenting your whole re-entry into
    the theater world. How informative and exciting that
    was to witness, and take that journey along with you!
    Now, I am equally looking forward to seeing your normal,
    your everyday life, the social causes you’re involved in
    which help other people, your world travel and adventures, and your involvment with your wonderful

    P.S. Your mug-shot has been a favorite of mine, since
    it first appeared in the media in 1971! A shinning role model!

  12. So glad you are blogging, it’s a great way to share snippets of your life with the rest of the world–in real time.

  13. Love these pictures! Everyone looks so happy! I know it was bittersweet for you! That gold coat is so attractive! So glad your family could be there!

  14. Jane!
    you look terrific and that is your brother Peter!
    Holy Moly whats the secret?


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