During her visit to James Corden’s The Late Late Show July 26, the late-night and 2016 Tony Awards host asked four-time Tony-nominated actor Laura Linney about her time working at the Belasco Theatre.
Though Linney was most recently on Broadway in a Tony-nominated turn in The Little Foxes, for which she won a Drama Desk Award, she starred in the 1998 production of Honour at the Belasco, and Corden mentioned the rumors of the Broadway house being haunted.
“It’s absolutely haunted,” Linney told Corden. “I was not a believer. I had been told about the ghosts at the Belasco.”
“He created a company of people,” Linney explained of the theatre’s namesake, David Belasco, “and there was a mysterious death of a chorus girl. Legend is that final dress rehearsals, that’s when the ghosts come out. I had forgotten this, and I was doing a play with Jane Alexander, and I turned to Jane Alexander, and I looked up to the upper balcony—there are two balconies there—and the upper balcony you can only get in from the outside, and those doors were locked; and I looked up, and there was a woman standing in the front row looking over with a blue dress and blonde hair. I just thought, ’Well, hello!’ I looked back at Jane, and I looked back up, and she was gone.”
Later on, Linney told the Belasco house manager that she thought she had seen a ghost: “And he went, ‘Male or female?’ I said, ‘Female.’ He went, ‘Blue dress, blonde hair?’”
Corden protested, “How does the ghost know it’s the final dress rehearsal?!”
As for Linney, she remains convinced of what she saw. “Fortunately, if that's true and if I go, I wouldn’t mind being a ghost at the Belasco.”