Al Pacino hasn't done musicals since he 'forgot his words'

June 5th, 2015

Al Pacino refuses to appear in musicals because he forgot his lines during an audition in 1968.

The Oscar award-winning actor - who's starred in a string of hit movies, including the 'Godfather' series and 'Scarface' - has not tried out for any musicals since he forgot the words at his Hal Prince audition for 'Zorba', when he sung 'Luck Be a Lady'.

Stevie Phillips, Al's former manager, has recalled the incident in her new book, 'Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me . . .: A Memoir', writing: ''Prince was casting Zorba and Pacino sang 'Luck Be a Lady' at his 1968 audition. But he forgot some words.

''Al sang: 'Luck be a lady tonight ... Luck be a lady tonight ... Luck be a lady tonight' ... The lyrics had moved on, but Al had not.

''The stage manager was now coming out with the hook, a heavy right arm with which he 'escorted' Al off the stage. Al innocently asked: 'So how do you think I did?' ... At last I said, 'Al, I don't think a musical is your thing.'''

The closest the legendary actor has came to appearing in musicals is when he was a special guest at the 158th anniversary of the Academy of Music Concert, where he performed a reading from Shakespeare.