Monday, April 15, 2024

Broadway Mailbag: Sarah Jessica Parker DID Succeed In Business


Thanks to everyone who wrote in on a couple of Broadway subjects.

There was talk of Sarah Jessica Parker. She was indeed the final Rosemary of the last production of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” on Broadway. She succeeded Megan Mullaly, and starred opposite Matthew Broderick. Following the show’s run, SJP did really succeed in business, with “Sex and the City” and fashion and perfume and lots of endorsements….

But readers were correct about Michele Lee not originating the role of Rosemary on Broadway in the 60s. The original actress was Bonnie Scott. She was replaced by Michele, who of course then went on to star in the film version of “Succeed” with Robert Morse, did loads of other movies, starred in “Seesaw” on Broadway, and had a 14 year run in “Knots Landing” on CBS. Bonnie Scott did no more Broadway, but made a few appearances on 60s TV shows like “That Girl” and then must have retired…

Maybe Bonnie Scott will turn up in Marlo Thomas‘s much anticipated autobiography coming soon to stores. You never know…

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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