Their Favorite Things: Big River Tony Nominee Michael McElroy Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Big River Tony Nominee Michael McElroy Shares His Theatregoing Experiences
 
Big River Tony nominee Michael McElroy is the founder and director of the Grammy-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices, who will perform in concert Feb. 15 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill featuring special guests Billy Porter, Adam Pascal, Telly Leung, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Joshua Henry and more. McElroy, whose Broadway credits also include The Wild Party and Rent, shares the performances that most affected him as part of the audience.
Michael McElroy
Michael McElroy

Favorite Show: The Light in the Piazza

Every aspect of this show was at the highest level: cast, set, lights, costumes, music, book, theatre. All of it. Saw it five times.

The company of <i>The Light in the Piazza</i>
The company of The Light in the Piazza Photo by Joan Marcus

Favorite Show: Fun Home

Loved it Off-Broadway, and the re-imagined staging on Broadway added a depth and intimacy to the experience.

Judy Kuhn and Sydney Lucas in <i>Fun Home</i>
Judy Kuhn and Sydney Lucas in Fun Home Photo by Jenny Anderson

Favorite Play: Hand to God

Love the irreverence, and this play went way beyond what I was expecting.

Steven Boyer and Tyrone in <i>Hand to God</i>
Steven Boyer and Tyrone in Hand to God Photo by Joan Marcus

Favorite Musical: It Shoulda Been You

To watch Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris is a study in acting and comedy. And I didn’t know the surprise plot twist, so I was floored.

A scene from <i>It Shoulda Been You</i>
A scene from It Shoulda Been You Photo by Joan Marcus

Favorite Score: The Bridges of Madison County

Love Jason Robert Brown’s music. This score and Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale’s performances masterfully combined the art of singing, acting and embodying humanity onstage.

Steven Pasquale and Kelli O&#39;Hara in <i>The Bridges of Madison County</i>
Steven Pasquale and Kelli O'Hara in The Bridges of Madison County Joan Marcus

Favorite Off-Broadway Play: Whorl Inside a Loop at Second Stage Theater

Brilliant, brilliant storytelling by an amazing collection of actors. Loved this play.

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

Favorite Show: Allegiance

This story was not a part of my history lessons in school ever. Theater has the ability to hold up a mirror to what we were and what we have or haven’t learned as human beings. And seeing this population tell this powerful story is amazing to me.

Michael, K. Lee, George Takei and Lea Salonga in <i>Allegiance</i> on Broadway
Michael, K. Lee, George Takei and Lea Salonga in Allegiance on Broadway Photo by Matthew Murphy

Favorite Show: Hamilton

Life changing. Telling the story of our country’s history through rap with this population of actors portraying our founding fathers was extraordinary.

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in <i>Hamilton</i>
Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton Photo by Joan Marcus

Camryn Manheim in Spring Awakening

Her performance as Wendla’s mom was heartbreaking.

Russell Harvard, Camryn Manheim and Krysta Rodriguez
Russell Harvard, Camryn Manheim and Krysta Rodriguez Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Favorite Play: Our Lady of Kibeho at Signature Theatre

Katori Hall! Love her writing and storytelling. Love learning about who we are as human beings, the atrocities we inflict and the patterns we doom ourselves to repeat.

The company of <i>Our Lady of Kibeho</i>
The company of Our Lady of Kibeho Photo by Joan Marcus
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