Top 100 Celebrities — Oprah, Beyonce, James Cameron, Lady Gaga…Theater people?
There are several theater people on Forbes’ annual list of 100 richest and most powerful celebrities — if you’re liberal in your definition of what constitutes a theater person.
The magazine determines the list based on income from June 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010, as well as an individual’s presence in the media and social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. So Jerry Seinfeld, who is listed at 37 — yes, he has made $2.4 billion from “Seinfeld” since it’s gone off the air but only $75 million of that was this past year — could be considered the top theater person on the list. A play he has written and directed, “Long Story Short,” is currently being presented at the Bleecker Street Theater starring Colin Quinn.
Sarah Jessica Parker, who made her debut on Broadway at age 11, played Annie at age 12, and was last seen in “Once Upon A Mattress” on Broadway 14 years ago, is listed at number 70.
Daniel Radcliffe, who was in “Equus” on Broadway two years ago and is set to star next season in “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” next season, is listed at number 82. (Parker was in an earlier revival of “How to Succeed in Business” — is that a rite of passage of Forbes’ celebrities?)
Alec Baldwin, a veteran of five Broadway productions including as Stanley Kowalski in “Streetcar Named Desire” (earliest, “Loot” in 1986; latest, “Twentieth Century,” 2004), is listed at number 88