Given the amount of time Broadway actors spend at work, it’s no surprise that they enjoy a good joke—often at a co-worker’s expense! In celebration of April Fool’s Day, Broadway.com asked some of our favorite stars to share their funniest work-related pranks. In some cases, the stars initiated the practical joke; in others, the joke was on them. Read on for true tales of behind-the-scenes tomfoolery.
LISA BRESCIA (Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!)
"During the first national tour of Elton John/Tim Rice's Aida, Jeremy Kushnier, who played Radames, would occasionally hide backstage and wait for me and my fabulous dresser Lynn Mann to walk by on our way to the dressing room. He would leap up and scream and send us into hysterics. Well, one day we decided to give him a taste of his own medicine. We laid on the floor behind the couch in his dressing room, and when we knew he was fully dressed (!), we jumped out and gave him the scare of a lifetime. Jeremy is currently on tour with Next to Normal, and I like to imagine that he's out there scaring the bipolar wits out of everyone from time to time."