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 singing actress Alli Mauzey (Wicked, Cry-Baby), who is currently starring in the new musical Red Eye of Love at the Dicapo Opera Theatre.
(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor or show's entry in the Playbill Vault.)
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"It was unlike anything I had seen or experienced at the theatre. It was my first time experiencing performance art. It was wildly fun and entertaining."
"Oh, so juicy! I felt like a fly on the wall in the Weston home. I was so entertained by this family’s dysfunction. And it felt so real, like I was watching this story and these people unfold for the first time right in front of me. Looking back, I was being given a masterclass in acting."
"It’s the only thing I’ve seen him in. I would have been totally fine just watching Douglas Sills play different characters all night. The part where he had all those quick changes when he’s interviewing Seymour had me dying with laughter. His timing was perfect. He had the audience in the palm of his hand. I wish I could have seen him in The Scarlet Pimpernel. He was out when I saw it in Los Angeles. Wah, wah."
"This show brings me so much joy. So much heart, so much humor, such infectious music. The day I saw Hairspray was extra special for me because I literally got a phone call from my agent just a little earlier with news that I was cast in it. I had just happened to get a standing room ticket. So my first time seeing it was colored with that exciting news. But regardless of that I just love this show."
"Let me preface this by saying I’m not just mentioning Josh just because we’re working together right now. (New Off-Broadway musical Red Eye of Love! Come see us!!!) I saw Josh in Enter Laughing at the York way before I even knew who he was. I don’t even really remember what this show was about, but the lasting impression was of the leading man and how hard he made me laugh. It might be the most I’ve laughed at the theatre.”
"I happened to be in Chicago on tour when The Light in the Piazza was playing at the Goodman before it came to Broadway. The woman playing Franca blew me away. She was so fiery and strong! I didn’t know who Kelli O’Hara was at the time. Cut to me seeing the show in NY, and she was playing Clara. I couldn’t believe the same fiery actress I had seen had convinced me that she was now someone so young and naïve. My mind was blown a little bit. Kelli O’Hara can do anything. And while we’re on the subject, I’d like to add Victoria Clark and the whole show itself as one of my favorite theatre-going experiences."
"In high school a friend of mine played me a video of Judy Kuhn the year she performed on the Tony Awards both in Rags and Les Miserables. One of my favorite Broadway voices. She can sing anything. And I was so in awe that she performed two roles that night."