Treading the Boards #25

steve and vivien

Steve and vivien and harry guardino

Steve McQueen and Vivian Blaine in the 1955 Broadway production A Hatful of Rain.

Below, McQueen and Blaine are joined by Harry Guardino.

5 comments:

mister muleboy said...

My greatest performance as a youthful actor was in an off-Broadway revival of Hatful of Rain During one performance, I threw up -- not from fear, but from my withdrawal.

I didn't know from Method, but . . . .

pH said...

daniel craig looks an awful lot like mcqueen!

H. P. L. said...

You can't beat a Steve McQueen-themed update!

MichaelRyerson said...

There's something deeply unsettling about seeing McQueen, on his knees, wussing it up with a bunch of stage actors. Damnit man! You're the King of Cool! Stand up!

Tommy O'C said...

Biographer Marshall Terrill says competition for the part was "fierce," and McQueen beat out George Peppard and John Cassavettes, among others. A Hatful of Rain was considered a pretty hardcore depiction of drug addiction, at the time. McQueen hung out with real junkies to prepare. He replaced Tony-nominated Ben Gazzara, whose run was up. The play was a major hit. Although McQueen rehearsed hard for the part, he was fired after six weeks because he kept clowning around onstage and didn't mix with the cast and crew.