Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.
This week we spotlight the choices of singing actor Ron Bohmer, who can currently be seen as Joseph Smith in the national tour of the Tony-winning The Book of Mormon. He will also be featured in Broadway By the Year — The Broadway Musicals of 1940-1964 March 31 at The Town Hall.
(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor or show's entry in the Playbill Vault.)
"I really couldn’t believe this show could be so mind-blowingly funny and smart. I laughed so hard during
Two by Two and
Joseph Smith American Moses I thought I might pass out. And now I play Joseph Smith 8 times a week! Lucky and grateful..."
Phantom became the longest-running show, my wife (Sandra Joseph) and Howard McGillin, in front of an audience that included Broadway royalty and practically every actor who had ever played their roles before them (I played the Phantom on the 1st National tour), gave simply spectacular performances! I was always moved by the depth of emotion Sandra brought to her role, perhaps that’s why she became Broadway’s longest-running Christine."
"I saw this on one of my first trips to NYC from Cincinnati;
Leonard Nimoy was the star. This show taught me a ton about the power of theatre and a production’s greatest asset – the audiences’ imagination."
Les Miserables (Final performance, original production)
"I played Enjolras for two-and-a-half years at the Imperial before leaving to play Joe Gillis on the
Sunset Boulevard tour. For the final performance, Cameron Macintosh invited everyone who’d appeared in the production over its original 16-year Broadway run to attend and participate in the finale. It was an amazing confluence of theatre, history, great friends and great farewell performances."
"Saw it in previews. They were still working on the show, and there was some unevenness there, but what
Andy Karl and
Terence Archie (my buddy from the
Ragtime revival) and the creative team achieved in the last 30 minutes of that show needs to be seen by everyone on the planet. It is a thrilling theatrical achievement.'"
"Howard McGillin as Jasper — Howard was just brilliant. Funny, scary and what a voice. He became my idol. I was even eventually offered the role of his understudy! Unfortunately, the offer came the same week they posted their closing notice, so I never got to do it. Such a fun, old-fashioned musical with a great twist."
"I’m a huge
John Lithgow fan, and I had the pleasure of seeing this in previews without knowing a thing about the story. So the great reveal of the piece was a complete surprise and therefore one of my favorite audience moments in the theatre. Rightly so, this performance made B.D. Wong a star."
"When I moved to NYC, standing room was only 10 bucks, about the same as a movie. I loved this show so much I must have seen it at least 12 times, all standing room. There was no greater honor for me to get to play George recently for the Rep of St. Louis, a lifelong dream fulfilled."