Howard Sherman: 'Fame,' 'Celebrity,' 'Stardom' and Other Dirty Words
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Every January, the media run features on how to lose those holiday pounds. As schools let out for the summer, the media share warnings about damage from the sun and showcase the newest sunscreens. In Thanksgiving, turkey tips abound.
For theater, September reveals two variants of its seasonal press staple, either "Stars Bring Their Glamour To The Stage," or, alternately, "Shortage of Star Names Spells Soft Season Start." Indeed, the same theme may reappear for the spring season and, depending upon summer theater programming, it may manage a third appearance. But whether stars are present or not, they're the lede, and the headline.
The arrival of these perennial stories is invariably accompanied by grousing in the theatre community about the impact of stars on theatre, Broadway in particular, except from those who've managed to secure their services. But this isn't solely a Broadway issue, because as theaters -- commercial and not-for-profit, touring and resident -- stru...
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