"Doing Taxi was five years of self-examination and growth for me as both an artist and a woman. From day one, the cast had a lusty, affectionate spirit that made me feel I had come home. Tony [Danza] would walk in, back me against a wall or throw me down on a table, and kiss and grope me all over, as someone would yell out, "Is Tony in yet?" That kind of frisky energy drove life on the set.
At the end of her reading, Reyfel joyfully announced to the crowd: "I am beyond excited to introduce this brilliant performer for the first time in our show. And in the words of Marliu, 'Is Tony in yet? Yes! Please welcome, Tony Danza!'"
It turned out that Danza, one of the evening's performers, was standing in the back of the intimate cabaret-style theater (and on deck to read David Hasselhoff's Don't Hassel the Hoff, which he did with great panache). What's more, he and his real life Taxi co-star Carol Kane, were huddled together in fits of laughter during Reyfel's reading. (Later that night, Kane performed from Dolly Parton's memoir.) After Reyfel's too fitting introduction, an unruffled Danza took to the stage. His response to Henner's story? "It's all true!"
And it's all true...
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