Marlee Matlin, audience member

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Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) got into town early for her “Dancing with the Stars” performance in time to catch the Phoenix Theatre’s production of “Love Person.” The play stars Tami Lee Santimyer, who also starred in a Kennedy Center production of “Nobody’s Perfect” based on a book by Matlin.

Nice to see touring stars making the effort to see regional theater while on the road–it speaks well of them and of the arts in the city they are visiting.

And, let’s be honest, there’s always a guilty-pleasure kick in seeing a celeb–no matter how big–in the audience at a show.  

For some stupid reason, I can still recall spotting Donald Trump at a Tommy Tune concert, David Hartman in the audience at Broadway’s “Drood,” Christopher Guest at “Gypsy,” Kathie Lee Gifford at “South Pacific” and more.

What’s wrong with me? And, more importantly, what celebs have you spotted at arts events?

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