Legendary actor Al Pacino has been tanking in the Broadway production of "China Doll." David Mamet's play, unfortunately, has seen the artist forgetting his lines and requiring teleprompters to aid him in keeping the performance afloat.
Every once in a while, a play comes to Broadway that makes fans rethink if one moment can change everything. China Doll, starring the all-powerful Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony-winner Al Pacino, tells the story about a man who is ready to walk away from it all to start a new life with his young and gorgeous fiancée. Then, he gets a phone call that changes everything. The 15-week limited engagement play has been getting a lot of buzz in the Broadway community, and ticket prices are approaching record levels. Mainly, because Pacino's name is all over the thing. Unsurprisingly, Pacino is successful in every theatrical medium, be it film, television, the Great White Way. So, will China Doll be the highest priced show on Broadway?
Even at 75, Al Pacino is still making news. This time, the Oscar-winning actor is being praised for dropping out of a stage adaptation of a novel written by Norwegian writer and Nazi sympathiser, Knut Hamsun. According to the New York Daily News, Pacino pulled out of a commitment to film a reading as the narrator of a stage adaptation of the novel, Hunger, after learning of the Norwegian Knut Hamsun's Nazi ties and personal relationship with Adolf Hitler. The producers for Copenhagen's Aveny-T Theatre were planning to use the movie star's performance in a hologram that would be projected during performances of the stage production.
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