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re: New IATSE guidelines slam the door on any more stage-dooring
Last Edit: BroadwayTonyJ 06:25 pm EDT 07/24/20
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 06:24 pm EDT 07/24/20
In reply to: re: New IATSE guidelines slam the door on any more stage-dooring - JereNYC 12:22 pm EDT 07/24/20

I've been to a few shows where (for various reasons) no one wants to sign playbills. In those cases a guy comes out and tells everyone to leave, no one is signing today. This happens more often with plays than musicals. It's pretty rare for anyone in the crowd to then give the guy a hard time and refuse to walk away.

When I saw Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler (probably in late March or early April, 2017), the bike rack barriers were set up at the stage door, but the crowd was told no autographs and no photos. Midler did come out and she personally said a word or two to every person who was actually at the front of the barrier. I remember she said something to me like "Thanks for coming" and touched my hand.

After that, I left and walked around the area a little with my Playbill in my hand. I ended up bumping into Gavin Creel. He stopped and asked me if I enjoyed the show. When I told him that I loved it and he was incredibly funny, he thanked me and said "Ya know, I'm not really a funny guy." To which I answered, "Well, you were tonight. Even your hair was funny." He laughed and shot back with "Hey, do you want me to sign your Playbill?" So in the end things worked out pretty well for me.

When I saw the show later on -- once with Murphy and then with Peters -- most of the cast came out and signed Playbills, except Charlie Stemp, who came out, waved at the crowd, but did not stay to sign -- no big deal, maybe he was exhausted. He was great in the show, and I was glad to have seen him.
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