Golda Leaves Office on Jan. 2; Feldshuh's Next Stop Is L.A.

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Tovah Feldshuh leaves the one-person Broadway show Golda's Balcony on Jan. 2, and with her goes the William Gibson play, which has played the Helen Hayes Theatre since Oct. 3, 2003.

Feldshuh leaves with a perfect attendance record. She has not 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.

On Feb. 1, 2005, she will begin an engagement of the play 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 began its journey at Off-Broadway's Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, where it was extended multiple times.

Tovah Feldshuh in <i>Golda's Balcony</i>
Tovah Feldshuh in Golda's Balcony Photo by Aaron Epsein
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