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Nobody had spoken in almost two hours, so it wasn’t surprising that Matthew Bourne had a lot to say. The director and choreographer of “Edward Scissorhan­ds,” currently calling the Brooklyn Academy of Music home, had just survived opening night of the ballet, which turns Tim Burton’s much-loved film into a bizarre dance experiment.

“It was a bit of a mess this afternoon,” Bourne (pictured) told GO Brooklyn. “But I was really pleased with the premier. BAM is really a treasure. We could never do this show in Manhattan!”

As waiters whisked by with the main course, roulade of chicken with mushroom and rosemary focaccia and cannelini beans, BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins had another piece of meat on her mind: “Edward is so cute! He looks a lot like Johnny Depp,” she said. “And that is universally appealing.”

Alas, though, the troupe hasn’t had time to get out and play with the locals. Cast member Jake Samuels, who plays philandering husband Brad Covitt, said that he’d like to explore the borough and meet new people — he even claims that his character’s bad habits are not his own (well, “not so far, give it a few months!”).

Sitting down to tuck into the fancy chocolate cake dessert, we met our favorite star of the night: Mrs. Clare Smith. Upon introductions, she roared “We love The Brooklyn Paper!” Which was, silent show or not, the best thing we heard all night.

Updated 4:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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