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  •  I once convinced Mr. Lane we had met (6+ / 0-)

    before.  It wasn't my finest hour but my aunt and her friends were thrilled to get to meet him.  As the song says, "There's no people like show people." lol

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    by cohenzee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:03:14 PM PST

    •  How did you manage that? (4+ / 0-)

      FWIW, I think he'd be a hoot to hang out with.

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      by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:09:30 PM PST

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      •  When I go to theater, I'll sometimes (4+ / 0-)

        leave a note at the stage door for some of the stars.  Most of the time they will come out and and chat for a second.

        With Nathan Lane I did something a little scammy.  I used to go to a camp in NE CT that held fundraisers in Sept in which they would stage a big variety/sketch comedy show.  They bring up a lot of big names and a few campers each year to perform for the rich donors who give a lot of money.  I got invited a couple of times, but not when Nathan Lane was there.  He came the year after I stopped getting invites.  I sent a note backstage before The Odd Couple and told him we met up there.  We hadn't, but he didn't know that.  I go back to the stage door after the show and we all got brought up to his dressing room.  It was so cool, and he was very nice.

        I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

        by cohenzee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:24:07 PM PST

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        •  Totally cool! (4+ / 0-)
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          I only went stage door once...and my friend had an invite or...well anyway, a backstage pass.  That was for Lily Tomlin's show in about 1986: The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe.

          She's much shorter than I expected, and about as shy as I am, I think.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:33:03 PM PST

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          •  I almost always go to the stage door. (3+ / 0-)
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            Unlike Movie and TV stars, Theater people are super nice and very accommodating with autographs and pictures.  Heck even Usher, when he was in Chicago, stopped to sign autographs for fans.  He has his entourage with him but still took the time.  The only reason I know that is because I was walking by after seeing another show.

            I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

            by cohenzee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:40:12 PM PST

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            •  In their defense (4+ / 0-)

              Movie and TV stars are not any different from Theater people, they're all actors.

              With the larger exposure in their preferred mediums, they do run more of a "stalker" or "crazed fan" risk. You would be amazed at the lengths that some "fans" will go to in order to get access to their idols.

              Frankly, almost all TV & movie actors started off doing live theater, and many enjoy popping back and forth across mediums. There are different skill sets in use, none better than the others.

              I have worked with Lane on B'way. He is quite a personality indeed.

              "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

              by ARS on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:10:23 PM PST

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              •  I have heard and seen first hand (3+ / 0-)
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                many of the things people do to try to get close to celebrities, both actors and athletes.  It's disgusting

                When I used the term Theater People, I was using it as people who primarily work in theater and are not as well known outside of it or even if they are well known TV or movie actors, still do significant amount of theater, a la a Nathan Lane or a Mathew Broderick.  Yes they are all actors and each medium takes different skill sets, but theater-goers are also a different type of people.  

                It's just my opinion, but I think the close proximity to the actors forces the audience to have more respect for the people they are watching.

                I must end each and every day with a dose of a regularly scheduled Top Comments. A regularly scheduled Top Comments diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

                by cohenzee on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 09:24:30 PM PST

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                •  In my career (2+ / 0-)
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                  I have worked network TV, feature films, big time rock & roll, ballet, opera and have been happily ensconced on B'way for the last decade+.

                  Crazed fans are crazed - frankly, the travails of movie stars are pretty tame to what the rock stars have to endure.

                  As I've been lucky to see and interact with all manner of world class performers "behind the scenes", I don't understand the adulation.

                  When it comes down to it, all performers are just people - sometimes with frightening egos (you need to have that sort of drive to reach the heights) always with scary amounts of talent. Most are pretty "normal" when you get them away from the lights & cameras.

                  As in any random group of people, you'll get a handful of nasty backstabbers, but, buy and large, they're just like everyone else; Trying to do the best they can with what they have.

                  "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

                  by ARS on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:42:05 AM PST

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                  •  Oh, ARS, here's where you nailed it: (0+ / 0-)
                    When it comes down to it, all performers are just people - sometimes with frightening egos (you need to have that sort of drive to reach the heights)
                    You certainly do.  I don't care which of the creative arts you are in -- everything/everyone is trying to beat you down.  If you don't have a scary ego, you're not gonna make it.

                    You might as well just cave and work in a restaurant.

                    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

                    by Youffraita on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:24:01 PM PST

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                    •  the difference is (0+ / 0-)

                      in how those who have the egos to drive themselves also treat others.

                      Some of the most amazing talents I've ever worked with have also been gracious, wonderful humans.
                      Others have been absolute a-holes, even to those who make their careers actually happen.

                      As I said - people are people. Most good, some not.

                      "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

                      by ARS on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:58:50 PM PST

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