THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Grand Hotel and "Dukes of Hazzard" Star John Schneider Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Grand Hotel and "Dukes of Hazzard" Star John Schneider Shares His Theatregoing Experiences
 
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 stage and screen star John Schneider, who can be heard on the new holiday CD "Home for Christmas" with his "The Dukes of Hazzard" co-star Tom Wopat. The two actors will also join forces for a concert Dec. 2 at 9:30 PM at Joe's Pub and an in-store performance at the Barnes & Noble Upper East Side Dec. 3 at 7 PM.

John Schneider
John Schneider

Melissa Errico in Bull Durham

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The raw sexuality of Melissa Errico in Bull Durham at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta

Michael Crawford in The Phantom of the Opera

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The first time I saw Michael Crawford in Phantom of the Opera in Los Angeles. His walk was captivating! 

Jack Cassidy in Man of La Mancha

Jack Cassidy
Jack Cassidy

I saw this at the Theatre of the Stars in Atlanta, in the early seventies. I felt as if I were watching the man himself. Jack was the quintessential Don Quixote. 

Doug Henning in The Magic Show

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Part of me still believes that Doug Henning's levitation in The Magic Show was real. I was among the audience members who were honored to see that show. 

Rex Smith in Grand Hotel 

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Watching Rex Smith perform as the Baron in Grand Hotel was particularly interesting and frightening because I knew I was going to be taking his place in less than a month. 

The Drowsy Chaperone

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Happening into The Drowsy Chaperone one afternoon with my son and not having any idea what it was going to be about. Absolutely delightful! 

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Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof 

Watching Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof from house seats. Amazing! 

Topol in Fiddler on the Roof

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Watching Topol in Fiddler on the Roof some 40 years ago after he did the film was astonishing. What a voice! 

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

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Being in the audience for the first week of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean with Cher. Amazing staging!

Forever Plaid

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Seeing the first incarnation of Forever Plaid. What a delightful romp! 

Nunsense

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Need I say more? 

Tom Wopat in A Catered Affair

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Watching my buddy Tom Wopat in A Catered Affair. Talk about working against type!

Christopher Walken in A Behanding in Spokane

Front row center for Christopher Walken in A Behanding in Spokane and realizing that he is that strange! 

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