On Broadway, the only thing Al Pacino needs to do in order to get an entire production off the ground is make a phone call.
A few years ago, Pacino starred in a play called Salome and asked his agent to book a theater that was already being used by another production.
“Al wants the Barrymore,” said Pacino’s agent Sam Cohn to Gerald Schoenfield, the man who books the Barrymore. “Whatever Al wants,” said Schoenfield.” Schoenfield then called the producer who had already booked the Barrymore. “I’m going to have to move you,” he said. “Al wants the theater.”
And that was it. Al Pacino is a guy who can make things happen on Broadway. He will star in an upcoming production of Merchant of Venice.
We think he’s so powerful on Broadway because people still think of him as the Godfather, and who wants to mess with the Godfather?
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