Dear Evan Hansen Star Taylor Trensch’s 10 Most Memorable Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Dear Evan Hansen Star Taylor Trensch’s 10 Most Memorable Theatregoing Experiences
 
Jeremy Shamos, Zainab Jah, and Amy Morton are among Trensch’s picks.
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Taylor Trensch Matthew Murphy

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

Tracee Chimo, Deirdre O&#39;Connell, Heidi Schreck, Reed Birney, and Peter Friedman in <i>Circle Mirror Transformation </i>
Tracee Chimo, Deirdre O'Connell, Heidi Schreck, Reed Birney, and Peter Friedman in Circle Mirror Transformation Joan Marcus

I am eternally in awe of these five geniuses and try my darnedest to see everything they do.

The cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Alex Sharp in <i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</i>
Alex Sharp in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Joan Marcus

This mind-bendingly talented ensemble of actors made the absolute hardest work look entirely effortless.

Chris Myers in Whorl Inside a Loop

Donald Webber, Jr., Chris Myers, Derrick Baskin, Daniel J. Watts, Nicholas Christopher, and Ryan Quinn in <i>Whorl Inside a Loop</i>
Donald Webber, Jr., Chris Myers, Derrick Baskin, Daniel J. Watts, Nicholas Christopher, and Ryan Quinn in Whorl Inside a Loop Joan Marcus

He made me cry so hard, the seats on either side of mine started to visibly shake.

Lucy Taylor in Dance Nation

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Purva Bedi, Lucy Taylor, and Camila Canó-Flaviá Joan Marcus

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

Christina Kirk, Jeremy Shamos, Annie Parisse, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, and Crystal A. Dickinson in <i>Clybourne Park</i>.
Christina Kirk, Jeremy Shamos, Annie Parisse, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, and Crystal A. Dickinson in Clybourne Park Joan Marcus

His dual roles were as compelling and thrilling as they were small-minded and weaselly.

Zainab Jah in Eclipsed

Lupita Nyong&#39;o and Zainab Jah <i>in Eclispsed</i>
Lupita Nyong'o and Zainab Jah in Eclispsed Joan Marcus

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

Jeff Perry and Amy Morton in <i>August: Osage County </i>
Jeff Perry and Amy Morton in August: Osage County

Her performance in this play should be on everyone’s list!

Timothée Chalamet in Prodigal Son

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Chris McGarry and Timothée Chalamet Joan Marcus

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

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Josh Groban and the Cast Chad Batka

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.

Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith in <i>The Glass Menagerie</i>
Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith in The Glass Menagerie Michael J. Lutch

She expertly balances fragility with strength, humor with pathos, simplicity with layered detail... She is my acting hero.

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