Tovah Feldshuh to Exit Golda's Balcony With Perfect Attendance Record

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Broadway star absences has been a heated topic of conversation in recent seasons. (A recent New York Times feature teasingly blanked out the image of the frequently sick Donna Murphy from a Wonderful Town publicity shot.) But one show's producers have no complaints where their headliner is concerned.

Tovah Feldshuh in Golda's Balcony
Tovah Feldshuh in Golda's Balcony

When Tovah Feldshuh leaves the one-person Broadway show Golda's Balcony on Jan. 2, she will not have missed a single show in the play's 500-plus performance run.

During the 90-minute, intermissionless show, Feldshuh, who appears in heavy makeup to make her resemble former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, plays 30 characters and never leaves the stage.

The production will close when Feldshuh leaves town. On Feb. 1, she will begin an engagement at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles.

Golda became the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history on Oct. 3. It began previews on that date in 2003 and opened on Oct. 15, 2003. It is Feldshuh's longest-running Broadway credit.

Tovah/Golda fells Lily Tomlin, who has held the title for nearly 20 years with her 1985-86, 391-show solo outing The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. (Golda's achievement comes with something of an asterisk, however, for Tomlin revived her show for another 184 performances in 2000.)

For the record, the longest-running one-person show performed by an actor of either sex is Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman, which played 674 performances in the mid-90s at—where else?—the Helen Hayes Theatre. (The final five months were spent at the Booth.)

Golda, written by William Gibson, began its journey at Off-Broadway's Manhattan Ensemble Theatre.

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