Who Would You Like to See In a One-Person Show on Broadway? Playbill Readers Pick Their Favorites

By Michael Gioia
14 Aug 2012

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett

Brooklyn-born boxing legend Mike Tyson brought his Undisputed Truth — a scripted one-man show chronicling the ups and downs of his life and career — to New York City. Since Tyson has now taken his last punch on Broadway, we wondered: What other celebrities would you like to see in the wings?

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Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter, asking which celebrities they thought would make dynamic subjects for a new one-man or one-woman biographical Broadway show and why.

Here are some reader responses followed by our own commentary:



Caryl Puett Dowd: "Carol Burnett because she's incredible and would be a huge draw." Burnett, a two-time Tony Award nominee for her performances in Moon Over Buffalo and Once Upon a Mattress as well as the recipient of a 1969 Special Tony, was a popular choice among the Facebook crowd. The performer is no stranger to putting on a self-titled show — "The Carol Burnett Show" garnered the actress multiple Emmy awards over its 11 seasons. Aside from Burnett's genius comic timing, her road to stardom is a compelling and inspiring journey. Did you know an interest-free loan of $1,000 was given to Burnett to help her jumpstart her career?

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