Tony Danza brings show, students to District
Hey, A&E: You really thought you could bring Tony Danza to Washington without anyone noticing?
The "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?" star came to town Monday for his latest project "Teach," a "responsible reality" show with Danza co-teaching a 10th-grade English class from Philly's Northeast High School. That's allowed? Kinda. Danza's not a certified teacher but has a degree in history education and is teamed with an experienced instructor. Oh, and the performing arts students had to audition to be on the show.
Producers tried to keep us from talking to the television icon because the show is supposed to be a huge secret ... but, c'mon! It's Tony Danza!
"There is a muzzle on me until the show comes out in January," he told us after we sidestepped a crew member to reach him. "I can tell you I'm taking my class on a field trip to Washington. They're going to see the Archives and the Mall."
Danza, 58, has barely aged -- and we'd recognize that voice anywhere. "Guys, come up, come up, let's make like a class," he said herding the students up the aisle of the Folger Shakespeare Library. The class is studying "Julius Caesar" and came to see a performance by Bill's Buddies, the Folger's educational acting troupe with Jonathan Watkins, Linden Tailor, Sue-Jin Song and Cam Magee.
All the kids performed with the actors, including "Mr. Danza" (buzz cut, windbreaker, tie, casual shoes) who played one of Shakespeare's ghosts and ran across the stage shouting, "We're ghosts! We're shrieking! Ah-ah-ah-ah!" Later, when the class was asked to explain Romeo's speech to Juliet, Danza called out: "It means he wants to make out!"
He has recorded his experience on his addictive DailyDanza.com Web site and looked like he was having a blast. "It really is a lot of fun," he told us. "It's hard and tough and certainly worth it ...."
"We're done," snapped a producer, glaring at us. Another reason to love reality TV!
The Reliable Source
November 17, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
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