Their Favorite Things: Hedwig and "Younger" Star Miriam Shor Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Hedwig and "Younger" Star Miriam Shor Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Miriam Shor, who created the role of Yitzhak in the original Off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, shares the performances that most affected her as part of the audience. The singing actress can be seen as Diana Trout opposite Tony winner Sutton Foster in the second season of the TV Land series "Younger," which launches Jan. 13.
Miriam Shor
Miriam Shor Monica Simoes

The Whole Cast – Angels in America (original Broadway production)

I had just moved to New York, and this was my first magical Broadway experience as an actual New Yorker. I saw both parts five times. I can literally replay every second of that show, every performance, in my mind. Right now. It's weird, I know.

Stephen Spinella, David Marshall Grant, Marcia Gay Harden and Joe Mantello in <i>Angels in America: Millenium Approaches</i>
Stephen Spinella, David Marshall Grant, Marcia Gay Harden and Joe Mantello in Angels in America: Millenium Approaches Photo by Joan Marcus

Linda Emond – in ANYTHING!

But in particular in Homebody Kabul. (Another Tony Kushner play. He's terrifyingly brilliant.) I saw it in New York and again in LA. Basically solidifying for me the fact that Linda Emond + Tony Kushner = Perfection.

Linda Emond in <i>Homebody Kabul</i>
Linda Emond in Homebody Kabul Photo by Joan Marcus

Fiona Shaw Medea

Because she made that character so human, so fierce, so funny (yes, I just said funny), so frightening, so heartbreaking, that my brain is still trying to process it years later.

Judi DenchThe Royal Family on the West End

Because – Dame. Judi. Dench.

Judi Dench in <i>The Royal Family</i>
Judi Dench in The Royal Family

Natasha RichardsonAnna Christie

I was still in college and I had a friend AUDIO RECORD this on CASSETTE TAPE! I listened to it over and over. She gave such a raw, honest performance that was haunting even just to hear. It makes me so sad to think of such an inspiring artist's life cut short.

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson in <i>Anna Christie</i>
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson in Anna Christie Photo by Martha Swope

Amy Morton – August: Osage County

It was one of those performances that makes you wish YOU had given it.

Sally Murphy, Molly Ranson, Rondi Reed, Amy Morton, Deanna Dunagan and Jeff Perry in <i>August: Osage County</i>
Sally Murphy, Molly Ranson, Rondi Reed, Amy Morton, Deanna Dunagan and Jeff Perry in August: Osage County Photo by Mark Douet

Janet McTeer – A Doll's House

Hers was such a completely unique take on this character, and the result was actually sort of shocking. I remember sitting in my seat after it was over kind of shell-shocked, just so blown away...

Janet McTeer in <i>A Doll's House</i>
Janet McTeer in A Doll's House

Christina KirkGod's Ear

An unbelievable play by Jenny Schwartz, directed by Anne Kauffman at New Georges. So many amazing women involved in that perfect production. I don't know how Christina did what she did in this performance. She created that kind of magic on stage where you are just transported, and try as you may you can't dissect it. So, Christina Kirk – Actress/Magician.

Christina Kirk and Judith Greentree in <i>God's Ear</i>
Christina Kirk and Judith Greentree in God's Ear Photo by Jim Baldassare

Kristine  Nielsen – It's a tie. In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. And ALSO in Betty's Summer Vacation

Both Christopher Durang plays. Both so mind-blowing. Please don't make me choose.

Kristine Nielsen and David Hyde Pierce in <i>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</i>
Kristine Nielsen and David Hyde Pierce in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Photo by Carol Rosegg

John Cameron MitchellHedwig and the Angry Inch

Yes. I'm biased. But I got to see that performance up close and personal over 100 times. It's one of the best I've ever seen.

John Cameron Mitchell
John Cameron Mitchell Photo by Joan Marcus
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