Who Would You Like to See In a One-Person Show on Broadway? Playbill Readers Pick Their Favorites
14 Aug 2012
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?
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?
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.