True stars & great actors rule The Broadway & the box office.

Recently the acclaimed Broadway (kind of revival) production of Alfred Uhry’s hit off- broadway play and subsequent (not so great) film “Driving Miss Daisy” announced a substantial extension due to its box office success. A mega-watt star cast of Vanessa Redgrave & James Earl Jones appear to be the reason. Seasoned actors and true legends in their field, it is no surprise. Boyd Gaines in support also must be acknowledged.

Another hit production with mega-wattage star power has announced an extension. The Broadway transfer of the ‘Shakespeare In The Park’ summer hit (I could have tried to see it, but the thought of lining up for hours……*sigh*) – “The Merchant Of Venice”. The star this time is Al Pacino, and alongside is Lily Rabe (not a star but apparently stunning as Portia), sadly Miss Rabe is probably still grieving over the death of her mother – the great stage and screen actress, Jill Clayburgh (I was and am a big fan and saddened by her death). The Merchant has been grossing over $1 million bucks per week, a true reason to extend. It will have a short hiatus to accomodate a prior film commitment from Al Pacino.

So with star-wattage and truly great actors involved it seems The Broadway can produce substantial hits and light up the Great White Way. I do hope producers pick and choose well in the future – the power of performance with great actors can rule the Great White Way.

Anyone who has seen these acclaimed performances, please let me know your thoughts.

Legends of the Fall – Vanessa Redgrave & James Earl Jones

A star, and a star in the making – Al Pacino & Lily Rabe.

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2 responses to “True stars & great actors rule The Broadway & the box office.

  1. michael

    DMD is a wisp of a play that has unfortunately been “beefed up” to make it qualify as a Broadway “experience.” And while there is no denying the affecting performances of Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones (and Boyd Gaines, too!), there is a loss of intimacy – and subtlety – in trying to fit it into a 500+ seat theater. DMD is one of those rare occasions where the movie is actually an improvement on the play, as this production so clearly highlights: in a 200 seat theater, like where DMD originally played, you get caught up in the characters; in a stadium, you merely get lost in the now-obvious cracks.

    • I did think that would be the case judging from the reviews. I wasn’t much of a fan of the movie so i guess not much chance of liking the play, but what a cast.

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