Late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers was famous for hosting dinner parties with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Bob Fosse. But for the Broadway version of her life, it's Bette Midler on-stage... on her own. The actress is back on the Great White Way for the first time in 40 years with "I'll Eat You Last," and it turns out she's not the only solo theater production around.
Alan Cumming’s "Macbeth" and Holland Taylor's "Ann" at Lincoln Center are just a few of the other one-man -- or one-woman -- shows on Broadway. And Off Broadway, solo shows have long been a long tradition.
Freelance journalist David Watts Barton has been following this and he is working on a one-man show himself entitled "Underwater: The 100 Year Flood." He said solo theater pieces are popular because they are cheaper to produce, but also because actors are making a choice. "They are trying to get out of this "chose me" mentality, waiting for someone to cast them." But Barton also explained that these shows can be harder to sell because audiences often expect sophisticated productions.
To listen to the whole interview with Barton, click on the audio link above.