Broadway's Brightest Reveal Backstage Superstitions
Some of Broadway's best and brightest have opened up about their own personal backstage superstitions to the New York Post - from not uttering 'Macbeth,' to good luck charms, nothing's off the table when it comes to making sure everything runs smoothly on stage.
Legendary actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein said: "Superstitions are just silliness," though admits things got a little odd after one incident while mounting his 1984 play SPOOKHOUSE. "Everything was going OK [until] we moved into Playhouse 91 on the Upper East Side. I arrived at the theater for a dress rehearsal one morning and there, in front of the theater, was a beheaded chicken. Nothing went right afterward - no matter what we did, the play kept getting worse. In the back of my superstitious mind, I thought someone had done a voodoo spell on the play. I should've got a voodoo lady to take care of it!"
Judy Kuhn, former LES MISERABLES star and now FUN HOME lead, confirmed that she tries to stay far, far away from mentioning the name of one of Shakespeare's most fascinating and tragic characters.
"When I was doing 'Passion' earlier this year at the Classic Stage Company, a company in the same theater were doing the Scottish play. We were getting ready for our play when I said ['Macbeth']," she said. "The whole cast looked at me as if I'd put a curse on them. [One actor said,] 'Judy, you have to go outside right now and turn around!' I thought they were kidding, but no! They made me go outside in my costume - a corset and long skirt - and turn around three times before they let me back in."
For The New York Post's original report, including first-hand stories from an entire slew of additional stars, click here.
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