NEW YORK, AUG. 3 -- A beaming Donald Trump held court at the Palace Theater tonight, greeting theatergoers and signing autographs as his fiancee, Marla Maples, made her Broadway debut.

Before the curtain went up on "The Will Rogers Follies," the obviously proud real estate developer gave a pre-performance critique of his lady love's latest role: "I think she's going to be great," Trump said. "It takes a lot of guts too, but I think she's going to be great."

Maples' stage debut as "Ziegfeld's Favorite," who comes onstage scantily dressed, attracted a few celebrities to the 1991 Tony Award-winning show starring Mac Davis. Among the crowd were talk show host Regis Philbin with his wife, Joy, talk show host Maury Povich and Mike Wallace. The tough-talking "60 Minutes" interviewer was at a loss for words when asked how Maples did. He told a reporter to "go look for a drama critic" when pressed for a comment on Maples' debut.

Davis paid tribute to his costar's much-hyped first night by ad-libbing a line in the first act when Maples handed him a copy of the New York Times. "She does wonders to the circulation of the Times," Davis recited, adding: "Donald's too, I bet."