It was worth the wait as Rumer Willis did herself proud on her first outing in the lead role of the musical Chicago. The Dancing with the Stars champion received positive reviews as she played Roxie with her proud father Bruce Willis and stepmother Emma Heming in the audience on Monday.
The 27-year-old was forced to delay her debut after injuring her foot during the DWTS tour in June. The start date was pushed back a month till 14 September, then another week. Rumer, who will appear as Roxie until 1 November, only started dancing again on 7 September.
However, after her flawless performance Twitter users reported that you would have had no idea it was her debut.
The GI Jane star came directly from spending the weekend in the south of France to witness the wedding of Bob Geldof to his longterm partner Jeanne Marin, along with guests such as Richard Branson and Sarah, Duchess of York with her handsome new companion Manuel Fernandez.
She must have been thrilled to make the show after her daughter was given a standing ovation.
Just before going on stage, Rumer posted a picture on Instagram from the dressing room, saying: "5 minutes till showtime."
Also in the audience was her dance coach Tye Blue, who later said that his protége has "slayed" Broadway. Rumer proved herself to America by working so hard on DWTS and she's showing the same work ethic on her new show.
Speaking to playbill.com, she said there would be little in the way of celebration after the opening night. "I have a bunch of friends and family coming, so I'll probably just hang out with them and then potentially go to bed because I have a show the next day."