President Wilson Loved Theater
(BROADWAY MAGAZINE) In celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Broadway Magazine offers this series of unique stories about presidents past and Broadway. Did you know Woodrow Wilson loved his theatre?
As President, Woodrow Wilson confronted a World War and social turmoil. His solace was the stage.
According to his presidential papers, Wilson told a friend in 1914:
“I like the theater…especially a good vaudeville show when I am seeking perfect relaxation; for a vaudeville show is different from a play….if there is a bad act at a vaudeville show you can rest reasonably secure that the next one may not be so bad; but from a bad play there is no escape.”
Wilson would attend Keith’s Theatre in Washington, DC.
After leaving the White House, Wilson would spend almost every Saturday evening at the theatre. He even had a regular box.
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