Johansson has won rave reviews for her role in Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge, in which she portrays a 17-year-old girl in 1950s New York opposite Liev Schreiber, who plays her uncle.
Celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Heroes star Zachary Quinto and Schreiber’s wife Naomi Watts turned out for the play’s opening night – but Johansson’s key supporter was a notable absence from the audience.
The X-Men Origins: Wolverine star was due to jet into the city from Utah, where he was promoting his upcoming movie Buried at the Sundance Film Festival.
A source tells People.com, “(Reynolds) missed his flight and needed to take a later flight.”
But the Lost In Translation beauty refused to let Reynolds’ absence put a dampener on her big night.
Speaking to People.com shortly after her Broadway debut, she said, “It’s very exciting. It’s kind of unbelievable actually. I never thought I would be debuting on Broadway in an Arthur Miller play.”
However, Johansson admitted she was a nervous wreck just weeks prior to her Broadway bow because she was so scared she’d mess up.
She added, “Before we did the first preview a few weeks ago, I felt the feeling of doom – like I was going to forget something or everything! But tonight, because we’ve been in previews, I was more excited than nervous.”