A Lesson from the Fantastic Valerie Harper: from Friendship to Family

Posted April 16th, 2010 in Celebrity, Friendship, New York, Reflections by Glenn Plaskin
Looped on Broadway

Looped on Broadway

This past Saturday night I had a real treat, sitting second row center at the Lyceum Theater, seeing the great Valerie Harper in her Broadway tour de force as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED, a riveting one-woman (and two man) production with Harper “nailing every last laugh with a professionalism that the real Bankhead would surely admire,” wrote the New York Times.

Sitting with my best friend (and lawyer), Michael Gordon, I was amazed by Valerie’s virtuoso performance, gut-wrenching and compelling from start to finish. Although backstage afterward with Michael and me, she confided that she was fighting a cold and that an onstage coughing spell was not in the script, you’d never know anything was wrong, as she marshaled her forces with hilarious “dahlings” sprinkled over countless jokes. Supporting her in every possible way is her fantastic manager-producer-husband Tony Cacciotti, who hospitably welcomed us backstage after the performance. back links check Valerie was dressed down in slacks and a baseball hat as she greeted her fans outside the theater.

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