Monday, June 17, 2024

Roseanne Barr Goes to See TV Sister Laurie Metcalf on Broadway, Walks with a Cane


On Wednesday night the audience at “A Doll’s House Part 2” got a nice surprise: Roseanne Barr was in the house. Roseanne, walking with a cane, and looking a little fragile, was there to see her TV sister Laurie Metcalf, who plays Strindberg’s Nora 15 years after the real play ended.

Soon, Barr and Metcalf will be reunited in the revival of the “Roseanne” TV show on ABC. Taping will start this summer. John Goodman and the original cast members are returning. Why? Money. It’s just about money. There is no reason to revive that show.

Anyway, Metcalf — a serious theater actress– is hedging her bets in case “Roseanne 2.0” doesn’t work out. She will appear next spring back on Broadway with Glenda Jackson in a revival of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.” Jackson– who retired from acting some time ago– is back and obviously looking for a Tony Award in 2018.

Metcalf and Barr shared a light and brief repast after the show at Bar Centrale in the Theater District. Also in house: David Schwimmer, with a date, sitting with a large group that included Angela Bassett; Matthew Broderick with friends; Paramount chief Jim Gianopolous with Broadway producer Kevin McCollum; and actress Pam Shaw entertaining pals from Australia including “Anastasia” actress Caroline O’Connor.


Roger Friedman
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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