Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
the sword fight at "I Hate Hamlet"--In May 1991, Paul Rudnick's play "I Hate Hamlet" was mounted on Broadway at the Walter Kerr. Nicole Williamson, a storied British Shakespearean actor and more storied drunk, hit his fellow actor Evan Handler in the back with a sword in an unscripted, violent move. Evan Handler left the stage, gave notice and walked out of the theater. He claimed that he was quitting, due to management allowing Williamson's abuse of the other actors. All this was documented in Alex Witchel's column in the New York Times, May 4, 1991.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Minelli flu--Liza Minelli came into "Victor/Victoria" in January 1997 for what was supposed to be four weeks, but she lasted for three. Liza kept on stepping on co-star Tony Robert's lines, so he told stage management that he was going to have "the flu" for the last two weeks of her contract. The New York Post found out about it and Post front-page headlines screamed "MINELLI FLU!"