tread the boards

idiom

old-fashioned
: to perform on a stage as an actor
It's been many years since he first trod the boards on Broadway.

Examples of tread the boards in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reality personality will tread the boards in New York City through March 24 Ariana Madix is officially a Broadway baby! Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 My last chance to tread the boards had fizzled, the footlights shut down, and why not? Cynthia Ozick, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 James McAvoy will tread the boards in Brooklyn. Brent Lang, Variety, 29 Oct. 2021 The Grammy-winning country superstar will tread the boards again this fall, stepping into the lead role of Jenna in Sara Bareilles' acclaimed musical, Waitress. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Jane Pauley looks at when theatrical productions will once again tread the boards. CBS News, 17 Sep. 2020

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“Tread the boards.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tread%20the%20boards. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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