Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise avoid protestors at debut by coming hours early

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise avoided being photographed in any proximity to the brave Scientology protesters gathered a half block down the street from the official debut of her Broadway play All My Sons. The cult spokesperson and his trend-setting wife arrived at the theater hours before the opening, slipping into a back door. They essentially avoided controversy but they also missed out on an important opportunity to be photographed. Blythe Danner, Barbara Walters, Patricia Clarkson and Isabella Rossellini were among the celebrities at the debut who were able to hear the protesters anti-Scientology jeers. Keep it up, Anonymous:

Anti-Scientology protesters mixed with Hollywood royalty who came out to see Katie Holmes make her Broadway debut Thursday night in “All My Sons.”

Celebs like Blythe Danner, Barbara Walters, Patricia Clarkson and Isabella Rossellini were greeted with chants of “Save Katie, Keep Tom,” “Scientology kills” and “Katie, what has Scientology cost you?” from the group that calls itself Anonymous.

The protestors, many wearing masks depicting 16th century English revolutionary Guy Fawkes, were kept a half-block down the street, but their yelling was loud and clear.

“We’re not protesting Katie or the play,” said Anonymous spokesman Matthew Danziger, who said his father is a Scientologist. “Our aim is to shed some light on the human rights abuses of Scientology. We hope Katie Holmes sees this and takes note.”

[From the NY Daily News]

As OK! notes, the protesters were placed behind barricades down the street by police. They did get their point across, though, and it seems like Katie and Tom heard it loud and clear since they couldn’t even work her own debut. Protestors were of course countered by wild-eyed goons from the cult, who tried to smear them by tying them to the school gunman in Finland and saying they threatened violence, something Anonymous stands firm against:

The folks from Anonymous were offset by a throng of fans across the street who cheered their support for Katie and her family.

After the production started, the protesters were told there would be no more loud chanting permitted and the group dispersed for the evening.

Reverend John Carmichael, who is the President of the Church of Scientology in New York, attempted to undo the damage done by the protesters by claiming that Anonymous made threats of violence. He also alleged that a group member was responsible for a school shooting in Finland in November 2007.

[From OK!]

Keep talking, Scientologists, you’re only making yourselves look bad.

Holmes is getting mixed reviews for her Broadway debut, with critics saying she’s decent but lacks the chops to perform on stage.

Here’s Katie Holmes on the opening night curtain call and at the after party last night. That hideous white jumpsuit thing with the black lace top is her own design!

Most photos credit: WENN. Some photos credit: Bauergriffinonline

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  1. WTF?!?! says:

    The outfit is one of a kind because only a 5’9″ anorexic 14 year old boy can wear it. She’s so drawn she looks like she’s 50.
    KH and Posh need to get together and share a few grains of rice. 8O

  2. geronimo says:

    Trend-setter?? 8O

    100% sympathetic to Anon’s remit here but I do feel bad for Katie that the first time she’s managed, for years it seems, to do something on her own and be acclaimed (to some degree) for it, their protests distract from it.

    I know I know, her own fault, etc etc but still.

  3. sandy says:

    Does anyone know if Katie has ever commented on Michelle Williams oscar nom. or the great parts/movies she gets?
    I would think it drives her and Tom crazy.

  4. Baholicious says:

    re – header picture, full-length shot: “Mrs. Holmes-Cruise was bemused to find when she arrived that Studio 54 was no longer there”.

  5. Kaiser says:

    Oh, for God’s sake. KatE spends so much of her time shopping and *this* is what she’s wearing?

    SAVE KATIE. Indeed.

  6. geronimo says:

    Kaiser – She made it herself. Don’t blame the shops.

  7. Kaiser says:

    Yeah, G. That was my point – why shop all day if you’re just going to throw a black lace doily over an ill-fitting homemade Halston knock-off?

    It’s like CoS brainwashed the modicum of style sense she used to have. “Zenu commands you to have camel toe…”

  8. geronimo says:

    ZOMG JELLUS!! Katie’s way too sophisticated for you, K. :lol:

  9. Kaiser says:

    @G – “Zenu commands you to wear doilies.”

    You’re right. I’m totally ZOMG JELLUS! :lol:

  10. Bodhi says:

    Didn’t she already have her debut? Didn’t the show open a few weeks ago?

    That “garment” is atrocious. BLECH!

  11. vdantev says:

    The white section of the blouse makes it look like she’s wearing old people’s pants that go all the way up to the armpits.

  12. Trace says:

    What is she wearing?! It looks so cheap and so poorly made. What’s up with the hole in the back? Poor thing…I used to think she was so pretty once upon a time.

  13. Bros says:

    this craft project is trying way too hard. does she even have her own line out yet or is this a prototype? nobody whips something together before they have launched their line and goes out in it. she is delusional.

  14. notprfect says:

    Poor Katie. She could look SO gorgeous if she just knew how(or was allowed to). The disco genie outfit isn’t working for her, though. I don’t think it would work for anyone, actually. :?

    She should stop taking her style tips from tommy. :lol:

  15. daisy424 says:

    Yikes, don’t like the grandma’s doily look, but her skin is flawless.

  16. wow... says:

    She looks like she’s fallen through a shower curtain. Honestly, I’m still laughing.

  17. mandee says:

    It looks like she is trying REALLY hard to do the posh pose. Dumb!

  18. Alecto says:

    Katie as a fashion icon is a big fat fail. She’s trying to hard to be posh.

  19. what says:

    “Here’s Katie Holmes on the opening night curtain call”

    yes, but must she wrap herself in that curtain?

    the lace part of that outfit is beautiful though.

  20. Jinxy says:

    Why does she have that smug look on her face? She married a man a couple of years younger than her dad, who negotiated her cash settlement to sell her child when she’s dumped or walks away from the freak show her husband turned into. Yeah, keep looking smug with assurance that other than as a curiosity your career would be over because there is little talent, and you were never beautiful, cute yes, but now you are under 30 and look 45, bully for you – you fail up.

  21. czarina says:

    She used to be so fresh and sparkly…it’s like she’s aged 20 years in the last two. She dresses and smiles and behaves like she’s–as Jinxy said–45 (my dear, that hair!) It’s as if she’d had her youth sucked out of her.

  22. Carmichael is the same guy who once demanded to know Anonymous protesters’ names and then yelled at them, “I smell pu**y!”

    The guy is pure class.

  23. Jeanne says:

    Her outfit looks like something out of an Avon catalog. What ever happened to spawn #2 so poor little Suri would have some company? They probably haven’t slept together since Suri’s birth.