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Billy Elliot’s Gregory Jbara Almost Turns Damn Yankees into The Full Monty

Billy Elliot’s Gregory Jbara Almost Turns Damn Yankees into The Full Monty
Gregory Jbara

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.

GREGORY JBARA (Dad in Billy Elliot)

“Curiously, the only show-related pranks that come to mind were in my youth during the 1994 revival of Damn Yankees, my first Broadway musical. There was a scene where my character, the catcher, tosses his bath towel and is caught naked in the locker room by Gloria, the reporter. In a hasty attempt to cover myself I grab the nearest wooden bench and use it to shield my privates. Once the gag is over, another character hands me a large bath towel that allows me to put down the bench and properly cover myself. One performance he thought it would be funny to hand me a washcloth instead of a large towel. That happened only ONE performance. Then during my last performance, in preparation for that towel scene, I had to surrender my body mic (to be completely nude for the upcoming gag). Well, when I turned to exit the sound room the doorway was blocked by several members of our stunning women's ensemble in significantly less clothing than I had ever seen them in. Their 'hands on' mission was to 'increase my heart rate' before I walked on stage naked. That all-too-fleeting 30 seconds (not nearly enough time for them to achieve their goal) will be forever burned into my memory as one of the best farewell gifts ever!”

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