Salem's Mike Gallagher's Acting In Musical Upsets Some Theatergoers
March 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM (PT)
SALEM RADIO NETWORK host MIKE GALLAGHER told the GREENVILLE NEWS that CENTRE STAGE, a theater group in GREENVILLE, SC, got "some flack, not a lot but some" for his taking part in a regional production of the musical "DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS," opening THURSDAY evening (3/24). GALLAGHER said on his show today that four CENTRE STAGE patrons sent back their tickets due to his politics.
GALLAGHER told the paper's PAUL HYDE, "I can't spend my whole life beating up on the liberals," he says. "The reality is that I've had a love affair with the theatre since I was eight years old. You've got to have an outlet, an escape and a well-rounded life. Theatre is very fulfilling for me."
"It's astonishing to me that any open-minded theatre patron -- usually people who defend avant garde or controversial works of art -- would be afraid to attend a great musical with a cast of 21 actors simply because one of them happens to be a radio talk show host with whom they obviously differ on political issues. It's silly, but maybe the controversy will help our box office!"
WORD Debate With Westboro Baptist Church Makes Headlines
GALLAGHER also took part in FRIDAY's debate on ENTERCOM Talk WORD-A-WYRD-A-F with SHIRLEY PHELPS-ROPER of the controversial WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH, along with PD and host BOB MCLAIN and BOB JONES UNIVERSITY School of Religion Dean Dr. ROYCE SHORT DEAN. The debate, offered to PHELPS-ROPER in exchange for the church agreeing not to put up one of its picket lines at a local military funeral, led all of the local TV newscasts that evening. The debate is available as a podcast by clicking here.