Sunday, May 03, 2020

Celebrities On The Great White Way

Let's face it. Theatre goers love seeing stars. Not just Broadway stars mind you. Hollywood stars. Big Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Daniel Radcliffe, Scarlett Johansson, Denzel Washington, and Better Midler. Of the seven actors that I listed, four won Tony Awards for their performances. All very deserving I might add. Now the truth is, celebrities on Broadway was not always as common as it is today.

In fact, one of the first major celebrities to make their Broadway debut, was the "Material Girl" herself, Madonna Louise Ciccone.Yes that's right. Madonna was on Broadway. Forgot didn't you? It's understandable considering it was over thirty years ago, and her performance wasn't all that well received. Speed-the-Plow, by David Mamet, also starred Joe Mantegna, and Ron Silver, who won a Tony Award for his performance, opened at the Jacobs Theatre (formerly the Royale) on May 3, 1988.

Well, would you look at that? May 3rd is today. What a coincidence.O.K., I'll admit it. Each of my last few blog subjects, all happen to fall on the same day a particular event happened. Like say, a Broadway opening. What can I say? There's not a whole lot of new things to report on right now. And if I'm being honest, that makes me a little sad. Actually, it makes me a lot sad. But things will get better. For that I am certain. And when they do, we will be even stronger and better than ever. Stay safe everyone, and remember to look out for each other. Until next time theatre fans.

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