Their Favorite Things: Original Jersey Boys Star Daniel Reichard Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Original Jersey Boys Star Daniel Reichard Shares His Theatregoing Experiences
 
Daniel Reichard, who created the role of Bob Gaudio in the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, shares the performances that most affected him as part of the audience. The singing actor has also just released a holiday EP entitled "Daniel Reichard — Under the Mistletoe," which is available on iTunes and CDbaby.com.
Daniel Reichard
Daniel Reichard Photo by Dirty Sugar Photography

Elaine Stritch at Liberty

Seeing Elaine's performance in this was a master class in storytelling. No fancy set or costume…just a stool and tons of talent. I was a young actor starting out when this show was on Broadway. Talk about inspiring!

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Leslie Odom, Jr. in Hamilton 

Of course, every performance in this show is outstanding, but I was thrilled to see Leslie shining in this role. He projects a smooth confidence and an almost dangerous ambitiousness, but underneath all of that is a world of insecurity and inadequacy. It makes for an exciting character.

Leslie Odom, Jr. in <i>Hamilton</i>
Leslie Odom, Jr. in Hamilton Photo by Joan Marcus

Celia Keenan-Bolger in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

It's hard to pick which of Celia's many amazing roles is my favorite. She is great in everything. I will always have a soft spot for her Olive Ostrovsky. As her character opens up throughout the play, you discover a more unsettling insight into this girl who you just thought was adorable and innocent. I saw this show probably six times.

Celia Keenan-Bolger, Dan Fogler, Sarah Saltzberg, Jose Llana, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson in <i>The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee</i>
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Dan Fogler, Sarah Saltzberg, Jose Llana, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Photo by Joan Marcus

Victoria Clark in The Light in the Piazza

When Victoria Clark started singing "Dividing Day" with that cigarette in her hand in the middle of this gorgeous musical, I was no longer in a theatre, but inside of her hotel room. She just pulled me into the sad struggle of this character, and I was blown away.

Victoria Clark in <i>The Light in the Piazza</i>
Victoria Clark in The Light in the Piazza Photo by Chris Bennion

Alex Sharp in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I mean, what can I say? This performance was so captivating, committed and brilliant. His execution of the role was virtuosic — I don't know how he did that every day.

Alex Sharp in <i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</i>
Alex Sharp in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Photo by Joan Marcus

Chita Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman

This was the very first Broadway show I attended, and I've seen Chita in many shows since. This was Broadway showmanship at its best. I'll never forget her setting that stage on fire with "Where You Are."

Chita Rivera in the Broadway musical <i>Kiss of the Spider Woman</i>, 1993
Chita Rivera in the Broadway musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1993 Photo by Martha Swope

Christian Borle in Peter and the Starcatcher  

Christian's performance was wildly inventive and dynamic — both vocally and physically. I'll never forget him saying, "Oh my God. Oh my God…" for minutes at a time onstage and making me laugh with every variation.

Christian Borle in <i>Peter and the Starcatcher</i>
Christian Borle in Peter and the Starcatcher Photo by O&amp;M Co.

Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton

I look up to Lin-Manuel so much. Of course, it's astounding to think he wrote the book, lyrics and music of this show, but it can never be overlooked that he is a fantastic actor. He takes the audience on a complex ride into the heart and soul of this historic figure.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast
Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast Photo by Joan Marcus

Kelli O'Hara in The Bridges of Madison County

This exquisite actress lights up any stage she sets foot on. In Bridges, she had that uncanny ability to make the audience internalize her struggle. You felt what she was feeling in your own heart.

Kelli O'Hara in <i>The Bridges of Madison County</i>
Kelli O'Hara in The Bridges of Madison County Photo by Joan Marcus

Andrea Martin in Pippin

She was center stage for probably ten minutes, and yet her performance brought me to tears, and had me jumping to my feet in the middle of her number. Anyone who saw this production knows exactly what I'm talking about!

Andrea Martin and Matthew James Thomas in <i>Pippin</i>
Andrea Martin and Matthew James Thomas in Pippin Photo by Joan Marcus
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