People's POP profiles confirmed this fact for this year's Tony thespians giving them high marks in its "recognition" category. But there remains a mixed picture in terms of these stars' ability to hawk consumer products as spokespeople.
Longtime character actor Brian Dennehy earned top Tony honors as best actor in a play for his version of Willy Loman in the classic "Death of a Salesman." In the POP profiles, theatergoers also gave him top honors in recognition (74%) as well as in response to the question "Would you buy a product or service from this performer?" Mr. Dennehy earned a 58% rating. Similarly, Martin Short, Tony winner for the leading actor in a musical, pulled in high numbers.
The most enigmatic of the People POP numbers comes from the unusual suspect himself -- Kevin Spacey, who lost to Mr. Dennehy, for his role in another revival, "The Iceman Cometh."
Only 46% of respondents recognized him. But a strangely higher number, 56% of those same people, said they would buy a product or service from him.
So while some people don't know him, they will, at the same time, seemingly shop and spend in a spacy shopping state of mind from a man named Spacey. Perhaps there's much more to Spacey than the little gimp he played in film "The Usual Suspects" of a few years ago. Perhaps he is similar to his on-screen alter ego after all -- the much-feared, legendary criminal, Keyser Soze.
Theatergoers are very familiar with Bernadette Peters over the years as a stage actress. This year she won a Tony as the leading actress in a musical for "Annie Get Your Gun." But her winning ways don't go much further. Only 32% of