What Makes a Star?
A Broadway or West End “star”, in my opinion, is reserved for a select few that can sell tickets by their name alone, almost irrespective of the show itself. Broadway stars like Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Carol Burnett, Hugh Jackman and Barbra Streisand come to mind.
The deceased star legends of Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Mary Martin, Christopher Plummer, Lauren Bacall, Zero Mostel, and others I list below, remain vibrant in the minds of theatrical audiences.
In my opinion, these days, the term “star” is grossly overused. Just because a name is billed above title, it does not necessarily mean the person is a star.
Many are indeed celebrities, but few are Broadway stars.
I have been fortunate in my career to work with many celebrities (and a few stars), and generally almost all share consistent personality traits of kindness and like-ability that I have observed onstage, offstage, and also by their agents / managers.