Julia Roberts waves to fans waiting at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre yesterday for her Broadway debut.
Theatergoers lined up last night to see the Pretty Woman make the pretty big move from film to the Broadway stage.
Oscar winner Julia Roberts, one of the world's biggest movie stars, debuted with a complex role in previews of "Three Days of Rain."
But before the 38-year-old actress uttered a line, she got rave reviews from fans outside the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
"Oh, my God, I love her," gushed high school senior Megan Lombardo, 18, of Warwick, Orange County. "She's a great actress. She seems like a great person. And she's beautiful."
Cathy Harshman, 45, and Charlotte Fennell, 40, co-owners of a Fort Myers, Fla., restaurant, shelled out $250 each for tickets and flew up to New York just to see Roberts in the show.
"Yes, that's the only reason I'm here. I don't even care what the play is about," said Harshman.
When Roberts spoke her first few lines, she was drowned out by enthusiastic entrance applause, although the Broadway newcomer took it in stride.
But a moment that reminded the audience this was the first preview came midway through the second act. The "Runaway Bride" star had to contend with a runaway prop tomato. The plastic veggie landed on the floor, bounced and echoed like a table tennis ball - a blooper that left Roberts briefly in stitches. She broke character and couldn't help flashing her trademark toothy grin.