He's a Very Nice Prince: Into the Woods' Gregg Edelman Victim of Smear Campaign

News   He's a Very Nice Prince: Into the Woods' Gregg Edelman Victim of Smear Campaign Into the Woods star Gregg Edelman, who received a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Cinderella's Prince in the revival of Into the Woods, appears to be the victim of a nasty, fake letter-writing campaign.

Into the Woods star Gregg Edelman, who received a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Cinderella's Prince in the revival of Into the Woods, appears to be the victim of a nasty, fake letter-writing campaign.

The New York Post reports that an unknown source has been sending offensive letters — on stationery with Edelman's name — to several Tony voters, including Into the Woods composer Stephen Sondheim, Shubert Organization Chairman Gerald Schoenfeld, theatre critic John Simon and American Theater Wing Chairman Isabelle Stevenson.

Edelman, who is married to Broadway actress Carolee Carmello, vehemently denies writing the letters and told the Post, "It baffles me that this thing is happening. I know every so often bad blood might surface in the theatre community, but I've never heard of anything like this."

The forged letter to Sondheim accuses the composer of "[not having the] courage to confront me face-to-face with your criticisms." After a cell phone message from the composer that Edelman describes as "terse," the actor "called him back and within ten seconds of talking to him [Sondheim] knew I hadn't sent the letter."

"I don't think of myself as having any enemies," Edelman commented, "but maybe somebody has a bone to pick with me. Or maybe this is all just a statement about the fever in the air during this whole crazy Tony time." Edelman, who received Tony nominations for his work in City of Angels and 1776, is nominated this season in the Best Featured Actor in a Musical category. Other nominees in that group of actors include Norbert Leo Butz (Thou Shalt Not), Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!), Brian d'Arcy James (The Sweet Smell of Success) and Marc Kudisch (Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Into the Woods plays the Broadhurst Theatre. Vanessa Williams and John McMartin lead the cast.