Playbill Asks, "What Was Your Favorite Theatre Moment of 2009?"

News   Playbill Asks, "What Was Your Favorite Theatre Moment of 2009?" What were the most memorable moments in theatre in 2009? Playbill.com's Inside Track blog queried a cross-section of show folk, observers, advocates and readers — and they came up with some doozies.
Kate Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson
Kate Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson Photo by Joan Marcus

Among the responses:

Victoria Clark, Tony Award-winning actress: "My favorite experience this year in the theatre was David Cromer's production of Brighton Beach Memoirs which I found to be a completely honest and emotionally satisfying portrayal of a family in transition. Cromer's cast and entire production were perfect. I am so sad that more people did not get the chance to see this!"

Polly Bergen, Emmy winner and Tony nominee: "Seeing Kate Baldwin in Finian's Rainbow I knew I was seeing our next great Broadway Star. She simply took my breath away."

Kate Baldwin, Finian's Rainbow star: "It wasn't a moment, but a day, really. My husband and two friends and I spent a rainy Saturday seeing all three plays in The Norman Conquests. It felt oh-so New Yorky to do it that way. I fell in love with every single person onstage that day and was sad when it was over."

Phyllis Newman, Tony Award-winning actress and humanitarian: "My highlight was that for the 15th year more money than ever before was raised at all the theatres and especially the two hunks…you know who you are…, for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of the Actors Fund……HOORAY." Saycon Sengbloh, who plays Sandra Isidore in Fela!: "My favorite memory in theatre in 2009 was opening night with my good friend Sahr Ngaujah [who plays Fela Kuti]. We listened to Afro-beat music as teenagers and went to performing arts high school together and now we're opening Fela! on Broadway! That was amazing!"

Adam Chanler-Berat, Henry in Next to Normal: "Watching a bunch of beautiful, sweat-soaked, spit-splashed, passion-hungry young folks tear their hearts open at the Hirschfeld Theatre in Hair. Made me want to stand naked in front of City Hall. Hopefully not alone."

Bobby Steggert, Younger Brother in Ragtime: "My most meaningful theatrical moments this year was when I had the honor of performing Ragtime for Marin Mazzie, Peter Friedman and Audra McDonald – all of whom I was lucky enough to work with in the past two years, and whose original performances in Ragtime inspired me to become an actor in the first place."

Read more responses at the Inside Track.

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