Turned down three of the biggest parts in musical history?
The talented nutjob rejected the title roles in the ’60s smashes Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and Funny Girl!!!
That’s like ripping up three winning lottery tickets!
By the way, this is from the new book The Broadway Musical Quiz Book by Laura Frankos, which is richly detailed — though in discussing Sondheim songs that mention Herbert Hoover, it strangely omits “I’m Still Here”!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 14, 2010