Dear Scarlett: You're Ruining Broadway

It's time to oust Hollywood stars from the theater
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2010 11:26 AM CDT
Actress Scarlett Johansson accepts her award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play during the 61st annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – After last night’s Tony travesty—Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones both won awards?!—Natasha Vargas-Cooper can no longer stay silent. “Hollywood actresses need to stay the hell away from the theater,” she writes on Salon. “Those women belong to the world of perfect studio lighting, multiple takes, and on-location shoots.” The theater actress has to give memorable performances night after night, while “film actresses are objects in a big shiny machine that can be reproduced in perpetuity."

Broadway wannabes like Scarlett are “snuffing out the dreams of girls belting out Little Shop in their teenage bedrooms across America. Why struggle to be a bit player to the Chekhov matriarch when Ashlee Simpson can just put in a call to her publicist and dabble in a bit of theee-tahhh?”

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