I’ve heard that theater folk are superstitious. There’s the tradition of the ghost light (leaving a light on in the theater during the night) and never mentioning the title of “the Scottish play” when in a production of William Shakespeare’s Macb…um, classic tragedy. But how about hiring a psychic to summon the spirit of a dead playwright? Well, the producers of an upcoming Broadway revival of Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit think that it’s not such a bad idea. They will be hiring a psychic to serve as the show’s official consultant on all things supernatural in hopes that it will “guarantee that each performance is every bit as genuine as possible.”
You’re a psychic yourself, you say? Well, then you’re in luck! Open auditions will take place on Jan. 22 at the famous theater district restaurant Sardi’s in New York City. All hopefuls will have — get this — just two minutes to either “conjure the spirit of Noel Coward or to display any psychic abilities.” Talk about pressure! I just hope Coward’s spirit has left the premises on Jan. 22 so patrons can enjoy their steak tartare in peace.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Do you have what it takes to make Blithe Spirit a hit when it takes its opening bows on March 15? Are you BFFs with Noel Coward’s spirit and gab every night before you go to bed?
addCredit(“Noel Coward: Getty Images; Sardi’s Restaurant: Walter McBride/Retna”)