Sunday, May 18, 2008
You Can’t Stop the Beat: Reflections Upon the Feat That is Marissa Jaret Winokur
Big Congratulations! are in order for Dancing with the Stars star Marissa Jaret Winokur. She didn’t walk away with the trophy (though after a Tony, it hardly seems to matter), but she did manage to beat out some big names to make it to the semi-finals.
Honestly think about it. Of all the celebrities this season, Winokur is the least known and the least seen. A few may remember her from Stacked, but that show disappeared pretty quickly. A certain number would know her from her Tony Award, but not enough people could have actually have seen her as Tracy on Broadway or in Los Angeles to have kept her going for so long. Look at the names she outlasted—Priscilla Presley, Steve Gutenberg, Adam Corolla, and Mario are all much bigger names with much more instant recognition. But Winokur, who was by far not the best dancer among them, danced her way into the semi-finals based solely on her charm and appeal. She also got a talk show out of it.
Now if we could only get her back on Broadway. I still think she should do a replacement run in Chicago.
the Broadway Mouth
May 19, 2008