Plaza Suite – Broadway Production Part 3

George Scott had a detached retina at one point in the run and had to take nearly six weeks off the production. During this time they decided to have a British actor, Nicol Williamson, play the role. Actors Equity was highly opposed to this and finally agreed; however, on Williamson’s debut many actors picketed the show, including Marsha Mason (whom Simon later married).

Upon Nicol Williamson’s entrance an Equity actor in the audience began to sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Eventually security came to remove the unhappy patron just as he finished “and the home of the braaave.” The play restarted and when Nicol made his enterance he received a standing ovation.

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