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Broadway Co-Star: Holmes Wasn't Bothered by Scientology Protestors

Us Weekly

Katie Holmes wasn't bothered by the anti-Scientology protestors who picketed her first night of previews for Broadway's "All My Sons."

"It was much more disruptive to the other theatres on the street!" John Lithgow told reporters Monday at the Metropolitan Opera's 125th season opening in NYC.

The critics have yet to weigh in on Holmes' performance, but Lithgow can't stop raving.

"Katie is lovely in the play, and she's been such a sweetheart to work with," he said. "She has worked so hard - this is a tough, tough play."

He added, "Katie is acting with thoroughbreds and she's doing a wonderful job! She's had to really push herself."

He said her husband Tom Cruise and Suri, 2, have visited her several times.

"They've been around ... a lot!" added Lithgow, who said Holmes and co-star Patrick Wilson even set up an extra dressing room "as almost a childcare center. It's very sweet!"

He said the Cruise clan is "just adorable! They are just lovely people."

Meanwhile, Variety reports that Holmes' appearance in the play helped pull in a hefty $478,235 for five performances and played to houses that averaged almost 98 percent capacity.

This makes "Sons" in the race for the fall's top-grossing straight play (Daniel Radcliffe's "Equus" currently holds the title).