These two brilliant actors performed with stunning abandonment, hilarity and joy!
I'd only been in the city for a couple of years. While watching and listening to Lena Horne, I felt like she was reaching out to the entire audience with a glorious honesty and intimacy. So inspiring.
Savion Glover in Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk
Savion blew me away because of his acting through tap dancing! It was just a complete articulation of storytelling and character using tap, and a very different kind of tap dancing! Amazing!
Lily Tomlin opened a whole world of theatre for me. This one-woman piece, so beautifully written and performed, showed me the endless possibilities of acting, in a most profound way. Lily connected all of us through her extraordinary character work.
I had the great privilege of seeing Maureen Moore as Mama Rose in Gypsy on Broadway. Though she's physically a tiny gal, the size of her performance was huge, in all the right ways! I've seen many women play this role, but no one charmed me, moved me or got into the depth of this character the way Maureen did. Beautiful!
I could not believe the risks he took in this performance! I bought all of it, and felt elevated by his bravery. Really amazing!
Tonya put it all out there for everyone to see. Again, very brave work! She was wry and heartbreaking. A totally seamless performance.
What an honor and thrill to witness this astonishing performance! He was just flying into our hearts!
Mary Testa in Queen of the Mist
Mary's portrayal of Anna Edson Taylor, the first person to go over Niagara Falls (in a barrel she built!), was unforgettable! She faced and went through this woman's incredibly difficult life with such integrity. Yet when the cracks started to reveal themselves, she touched the depths of despair, simply, honestly. It's like Mary went over the Falls of the role!
Donald Pleasence in The Caretaker
I had the good fortune to see Donald Pleasence in The Caretaker in the early 80s in London. I was mostly struck by the simplicity and elegance of his work. I was awestruck!