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Katie Couric dreams of Broadway, but she's not the only one

July 27, 2012|By Jamie Wetherbe
  • TV personality Katie Couric speaks on stage at the "Katie" panel at the ABC portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
TV personality Katie Couric speaks on stage at the "Katie" panel… (Frederick M. Brown )

Katie Couric still has a few to-dos on her bucket list, including singing in a Broadway musical.

While promoting her upcoming talk show"Katie," Couric said she also would like to go out with George Clooney and jump out of a plane.

While we’re not sure of Clooney’s availability, a turn on the Great White Way might be within reach someday for the news anchor, author and "Today"  show star.

"When I auditioned for my high school musical 'Carnival,' they cast me as the deaf mute. Very humiliating. I objected, and then they gave me the part of the dancing bear," she said during Thursday's Television Critics Assn. press tour.

She wouldn't be the first ex-news anchor on Broadway. Walter Cronkite was the off-stage narrator of the 1995 revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without

Neither would she be the first talk show host who has also hit the boards.

PHOTOS: TV Talk show hosts on Broadway

Actress-turned-"The View"  host Whoopi Goldberg has deep Broadway roots: She started her career in theater honing a series of monologues and characters that developed into a one-woman show premiering on Broadway in the early 1980s. Steven Spielberg spotted her on stage and cast Goldberg in her first film role, "The Color Purple,” which was later made into a Broadway musical produced by talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Goldberg also starred in "Xanadu” and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom” and won a Tony for her off-stage efforts as producer of 2002's "Thoroughly Modern Millie,” making her one of the few actors with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. In 2010, Goldberg played Mother Superior and served as a consulting producer in the West End stage adaptation of her 1992 film "Sister Act."

Fellow "View" host Sherri Shepherd has also starred on stage: In 2010, she joined the rotating cast in the off-Broadway hit "Love, Loss and What I Wore” penned by Delia and Nora Ephron.

Broadway supporter/former NBCtalk show host Rosie O’Donnell not only starred on Broadway as Golde in "Fiddler on the Roof” and Rizzo in "Grease,” she also twice hosted the Tonys and financed the Boy George flop “Taboo.”

Montel Williams, known for his self-titled 1990s talk show, starred in the off-Broadway drama "The Exonerated" about innocent inmates on Death Row.

Last year, Tony-winner Hugh Jackman, who said he long dreamed of hosting a talk show, switched roles for three minutes with host Anderson Cooper on his daytime series.

The result? Awkward audience interactions and coffee spilled in Cooper's lap.

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