In February, Taylor Trensch, who made his Broadway debut in the long-running hit Wicked, segued from one Tony-winning production to another. The young actor, who created the role of Barnaby Tucker in the Bette Midler-led revival of Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly!, stepped into the title role of the Tony-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre. The multitalented artist, who brings a devilish charm to all his roles, has been playing to sold-out crowds ever since.
We recently asked Trensch, also seen on Broadway in Matilda the Musical and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to pen a list of his favorite theatregoing experiences.
The cast of Circle Mirror Transformation
I am eternally in awe of these five geniuses and try my darnedest to see everything they do.
This mind-bendingly talented ensemble of actors made the absolute hardest work look entirely effortless.
Chris Myers in Whorl Inside a Loop
He made me cry so hard, the seats on either side of mine started to visibly shake.
Lucy Taylor in Dance Nation
The set, the other audience members, time, and space... it all seemed to float away during her hilarious and terrifying and totally brilliant speech.
Jeremy Shamos in Clybourne Park
His dual roles were as compelling and thrilling as they were small-minded and weaselly.
Zainab Jah in Eclipsed
If I could “Freaky Friday” with anyone, I would choose Zainab Jah so I could feel what it’s like to be unsurpassably powerful even (or, perhaps, especially) in moments of quiet stillness.
Amy Morton in August: Osage County
Her performance in this play should be on everyone’s list!
Timothée Chalamet in Prodigal Son
There seemed to be no space between character and actor... I believed every single word that came out of his mouth.
Amber Gray, Grace McLean, and Gelsey Bell of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
I loved everyone on that stage, but the singular voices of these three fearless, idiosyncratic superstars will stick with me forevz.
Celia Keenan-Bolger in A Parallelogram, The Glass Menagerie, The Oldest Boy, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Small Fire, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, etc.
She expertly balances fragility with strength, humor with pathos, simplicity with layered detail... She is my acting hero.