Flashback Friday: Diana Ross' Uncovered Broadway Demo Reel
Before Berry Gordy made her a Broadway star, Diana Ross had a secret yen for the Great White Way.
Ah, to be a leading lady in a great big Broadway show…
That's all Motown superstar Diana Ross has ever wanted. But alas — save a brief concert engagement at The Palace Theatre in 1976 and Valisia LeKae's impeccable impersonation on display eight times a week at the Lunt-Fontanne, Diana Ross has never made it to the Broadway stage.
She did, however, offer up this wistful montage where she makes all of her leading-lady dreams come true, channeling the likes of Nellie Forbush, Annie Oakley, Eliza Doolittle, Fanny Brice….the list goes on...on a TV special in 1969. In true Ross-ian fashion, she maintains the same expressionless glare as she jumps from character to character, dressed in everything from a labyrinthine boa to a fully skinned cow.
Who knows, if she had only produced this video a few years earlier, Barbra Streisand might have been out of a job.