Playbill.com's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share ten of the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.
This week we spotlight the choices of Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, who made his Broadway debut in the revival of A Little Night Music and will be seen in Nothing Like a Dame, the annual benefit for the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative that will be presented March 26 at 7:30 PM at The Gerald Lynch Theatre in Manhattan.
The theme of this year's Dame is "Their Favorite Things," based on this feature series. "Through engaging stories and songs, favorite performers from stage and screen will take the audience on a tour of their favorite shows and performances, highlighting those unforgettable nights in the theatres that have that influenced their careers," according to The Actors Fund. For more information and a complete list of participants, click here.
"Lily's final monologue was so captivating: 'We were at the back of the theatre, standing there in the dark, all of a sudden I feel one of ‘em tug my sleeve. Whispers, 'Trudy, look.' I said, 'Yeah, goose bumps. You definitely got goose bumps. You really like the play that much?' They said it wasn’t the play gave ‘em goose bumps, it was the audience. I forgot to tell ‘em to watch the play; they’d been watching the audience! Yeah, to see a group of strangers sitting together in the dark, laughing and crying about the same things...that just knocked ‘em out. They said, 'Trudy, the play was soup...the audience—art.'"
"This was my first time seeing Jan onstage and long before I knew her; I have to admit I went back three times. Somehow the MTC stage at the Friedman just demands brilliant performances (Linda Lavin, Jan Maxwell, Cynthia Nixon, Laura Linney, and countless others)."
"I'll never forget seeing this show multiple times as well. I think four. I was still in grade school, but it inspired me so much that I even began taking classes to learn American Sign Language. Jeff is just someone who is 'in on the joke.' And there aren't many of those. He just gets it. And I'll always be a fan."
"I, of course, didn't get to see BP do Sunday in the Park with George live, so when she surprised the audience with 'Children and Art' in Act 2 of her concert a couple of years ago, it was such a gift. I felt like I got to travel back in time and be a part of history. The kindest woman and someone everyone should strive to be like. A true professional."