Donald Trump Was Once a Broadway Producer On Short-Lived Show
Long before Donald Trump became the GOP presidential frontrunner, he tried his hand on Broadway.
Back in 1970, Trump's name appeared on the marquee at The Brooke Atkinson's Theater. He wasn't singing or dancing, he was a producer and had his one and only credit on a Broadway show.
At the time he was fresh out of the University Of Pennsylvania and decided to invest $70,000 in a comedy called Paris Is Out, written by Richard Seff.
Seff said: “He seemed to like to be in the theater but I think he looked at it more like real estate, like a business venture, period. He was a very sweet young man at 24.”
Back then, orchestra seats cost just $6.50. Now they go for as much as $177.
The show got mixed reviews. The critic for The New York Times wrote, "I pitied it more than I disliked it."
It closed after only 96 performances.
Trump's co-producer, David Black, had some good advice for the budding impresario, telling him to go into real estate.
If Trump ends up in The White House, Seff said: “I would have the honor and distinction of being the only person in history who ever had a play on Broadway produced by the president of the United States.”