Why no movies with Jane Fonda, Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Broderick, etc.
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That's something you see so often - how come such-and-such actor isn't in any big movies this year? They must be washed up!

The answer is that those, and many others are busy doing Broadway!

Right now, the following actors are starring in plays in NYC: Jane Fonda, Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney, Estelle Parsons, Ruperett Everett, Angela Lansbury, Jeff Daniels, James Gandolfini, Oliver Platt, Lauren Graham, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, Stockard Channing, Piper Perabo, William H. Macy, Steven Weber, Malcolm Gets, Nathan Lane, John Goodman, Maggie Gyllenhaal...and many others. And that's just from one listing for some of the current shows in NYC - there's Chicago, LA, San Francisco, and then hundreds of regional and touring companies that go all over the country.

In many cases, your favorite cult actor may have been working regularly for years, but just hasn't been broadcasting it at science fiction sites. And in many cases, like James Gandolfini, they've made enough in their career already to never have to work again unless they want to, and so will never have to try to become a bigscreen star. Instead, they will just do whatever work strikes their fancy. Smile Like Patrick Stewart, who may not have any X-Men or Trek movies lines up, but has been doing Macbeth on Broadway and Hamlet in the UK, or Voyager's Kate Mulgrew who just wrapped up a successful run on Broadway in Equus.
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That's quite a list of star power.
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Although Platt and Graham got panned in today's USA Today for their revival of Guys and Dolls....
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#4
Well, I for one am hoping to see Geoffrey Rush take some time off from the stage to do another Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Smile
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#5
Well, that's the nature of stage work - big stars rarely will do something for more than a few months. The very best shows will have a series of big stars in the lead roles, and will even attract "names" for the touring productions.

That's the other funny thing, that fans sometimes flip out if an actor doesn't want to keep doing a tv show for year after year after year. The nature of actors is often that they want to keep doing different roles, a new one every few months.
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And sure enough, proving that casting "names" wasn't simply a box office gimmick.... Geoffrey Rush won the Tony for Best Lead Actor in a Play for Exit the King, Marcia Gay Harden got Best Lead Actress in a Play for God of Carnage, and Angela Lansbury got Best Featured Actress in a Play for Blithe Spirit!
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august Wrote:And sure enough, proving that casting "names" wasn't simply a box office gimmick.... Geoffrey Rush won the Tony for Best Lead Actor in a Play for Exit the King, Marcia Gay Harden got Best Lead Actress in a Play for God of Carnage, and Angela Lansbury got Best Featured Actress in a Play for Blithe Spirit!

Well, that might be confirmation that it's a gimmick. :laugh: It's all how you look at it. Wink
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#8
Speaking of "Blythe Spirit", I saw Barbara Eden play the spirit (the dead wife) in that play in Chicago in the 1970s at the Marriott, Lincolnshire (okay, so it wasn't in Chicago). Stage work has a long history of drawing big name talent away from the large and small screens.
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Yep, plus regional/repertory/touring shows are a great vehicle for people who aren't quite on the A-List anymore to still play lead roles, and entertain fans in Peoria, and Pocatello, Idaho. Recent examples being Ralph Macchio touring as the lead in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (following Matthew Broderick's star turn in the Broadway revival) and Alan Ruck filling in for his old Ferris Bueller buddy in The Producers. Jason Alexander (George Costanza) did the Nathan Lane role in that show in a long-running west coast version. Barbara Eden still tours in stuff - most recently she did Gurney's play Love Letters just last fall not too far away from here, but I wasn't quite a big ebough fan to drive 45 minutes each way.

Interestingly, Reuters has an article today about casting movie stars for marquee value. These days, fortunately, with theatre departments in just about every college and high school - and even middle schools these days - a lot more movie actors come from a "legit" stage background, even if no one knows it, like Alec Baldwin, Mel Gibson, Matthew Broderick, etc. Excerpts:

Quote: A slew of Hollywood stars led by Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig will open the new season of Broadway, as producers test whether star power will keep the Great White Way sparkling in tough times.

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Jackman and Craig are teaming up for "A Steady Rain," Jude Law will appear in "Hamlet" and Sienna Miller will make her Broadway debut in "After Miss Julie," all opening in the Fall.

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"It is absolutely essential now to have a major star, a major star, to put on a play. And unless you have that, it's very hard," (producer John Breglio) told Reuters. "You know with stars in it you are guaranteed to at least get your money back."

He described as "stupendous" the pairing of Jackman, known for the "X-Men" films and winner of a Tony in 2004 for his role in the musical "The Boy From Oz," and Craig, star of the latest "James Bond" films and a performer on the London stage.
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Celebrity "doesn't guarantee a financial success or a critical hit, but it guarantees attention," said Charlotte St. Martin...
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In 2006 Julia Roberts made her Broadway debut in "Three Days of Rain" and, while the show was a box office hit, her performance was panned by critics. Jennifer Garner's debut in 2007's "Cyrano de Bergerac" received mixed reviews but the show recouped its investment, a rare occurrence on Broadway.
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Although the United States is suffering its worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, gross Broadway ticket sales for the 2009/10 season to date, which runs from June to May, are only down 2.2 percent compared to last season......The 2008/09 season took in record gross takings of $943.3 million.

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History shows four out of five plays do not return on their investment, St. Martin has said.....
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And a little bit of follow-up - Newsday has an article on the 2010 Tony nominations, but focuses on the large number of screen actors who were on stage this year.

Among the familiar names: Alfred Molina was nominated for a show called "Red," as were Denzel Washington for a revival of "Fences," Liev Schreiber for "A View From the Bridge," Christopher Walken for "A Behanding in Spokane" and Jude Law for "Hamlet."

Both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury were nominated for "A Little Night Music" (the latter in the "featured," i.e. supporting category) for musicals, and for dramas, Viola Davis was nominated for "Fences"; Valerie Harper for playing Tallulah in "Looped," Linda Lavin for "Collected Stories" and Laura Linney for "Time Stands Still."

Kelsey Grammer was nominated for "La Cage," as was Sean Hayes for "Promises, Promises." Rosemary Harris was nominated for "The Royal Family," and believe it or not, Scarlett Johansson was too, for "A View From the Bridge." :clap:

People who surprisingly weren't nominated include Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Stanly Tucci, Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia. Disclaimer: about half these folks got their start in stage anyway, but still, those are some big names....

Read the article here. The Tony Awards are on CBS on June 13th.
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It is a shame really? :halo:
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And sure enough, Washington and Davis won for the revival of Fences, Catherine Zeta-Jones won for the revival of A Little Night Music, and Scarlett Johansson won for the revival of A View From the Bridge. Washington, Davis and Jones all got their start on stage, though, and Johansson graduated from the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, which basically is for kids who are NYC stage actors (she just got lucky and started getting cast in films when she was very young, rather than plays.) So it's not the surprise one might think at first. This will really help her be taken more seriously though, since as soon as people noticed that she was hot, they forgot how much acclaim she had gotten as a kid.

Details here.
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I heard about the awards yesterday morning. While accepting, Catherine Zeta-Jones apparently was losing her voice, but assured the audience she would be able to perform. Broadway seems to be like a retreat for many Hollywood actors, which makes sense. Movies have tight shooting schedules, and you may not even work with certain actors because their scenes and yours don’t line up. When working in the theater, all the actors are present, and the run can be as long as a year or more, depending. I would think there’s less pressure and more camaraderie involved.
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#14
Yep, and as the article mentions, stage work gives film actors class, while film work gives stage actors mass appeal.

The money for stage actors is vastly less, especially those who are A-List like Denzel or Scarlet or Matthew Broderick (he's sort of A-minus list, I guess Wink ) but someone like Denzel doesn't exactly need any more $ at this point. And if you actually live in NYC, then the benefits are tremendous, like being able to live at home with your family rather than in a motel or trailer possibly in some remote location, working 3-4 hours a day 6 days per week rather than 12-18 hours a day 7 days a week, and doing something that you may actually enjoy, instead of dodging imaginary alien ray-blasts in front of a green screen.
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