Thursday, September 28, 2006

A Twofer Opening

A Twofer Opening

It’s been nearly 30 years since ventriloquist Jay Johnson first appeared on the television comedy "Soap." After that program went off the air, I’m willing to bet that it’s the last time the overwhelming majority of audiences saw him.

Perhaps after having seen how the Great White Way is now safe for puppets, thanks in no small measure to the rousing success of Avenue Q, Johnson is back in the public eye with his dummies -- more than twenty years post-"Soap" -- in a Broadway show of all things. He’s celebrating his fading art form with Jay Johnson: The Two And Only, opening this evening at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

The road Johnson has traveled has no doubt been long and winding, and indeed many of his more recent stops have received critical praise. So how will his entry be met by the critics? We’ll find out tomorrow.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.

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