Their Favorite Things: Falsettos Tony Nominee Barbara Walsh Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Falsettos Tony Nominee Barbara Walsh Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences
 
Barbara Walsh, who was Tony-nominated for her work as Trina in the original Broadway production of Falsettos, was most recently seen Off-Broadway in the Public Theater's world premiere of First Daughter Suite. The acclaimed singing actress shares the performances that most affected her as part of the audience.
Barbara Walsh
Barbara Walsh

Geraldine McEwan and Richard Briers in the 1998 Broadway production of The Chairs

These two brilliant actors performed with stunning abandonment, hilarity and joy!

Geraldine McEwan and Richard Briers in the 1998 Broadway production of <i>The Chairs</i>
Geraldine McEwan and Richard Briers in the 1998 Broadway production of The Chairs Photo by Joan Marcus

Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

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.

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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 in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

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.

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Maureen Moore in Gypsy

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!

Maureen Moore
Maureen Moore

Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

I could not believe the risks he took in this performance! I bought all of it, and felt elevated by his bravery. Really amazing!

Mark Rylance in <i>Jerusalem</i>
Mark Rylance in Jerusalem Photo by Simon Annand

Tonya Pinkins in Caroline, Or Change

Tonya put it all out there for everyone to see. Again, very brave work! She was wry and heartbreaking. A totally seamless performance.

Chandra Wilson, Tonya Pinkins, and Anika Noni Rose in <i>Caroline, or Change</i>
Chandra Wilson, Tonya Pinkins, and Anika Noni Rose in Caroline, or Change Photo by Michal Daniel

Michael Jeter in Grand Hotel

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!

Mary Testa and Julia Murney in <i>Queen of the Mist</i>
Mary Testa and Julia Murney in Queen of the Mist Photo by Carol Rosegg

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!

Donald Pleasence in <i>The Caretaker</i>
Donald Pleasence in The Caretaker
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