Ruthless! and Ethel Merman Star Rita McKenzie Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Ruthless! and Ethel Merman Star Rita McKenzie Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Lily Tomlin, Idina Menzel and Christopher Fitzgerald are among McKenzie’s favorites.
Rita McKenzie
Rita McKenzie Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Rita McKenzie, most recently seen Off-Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Ruthless!, will return to Feinstein’s/54 Below September 28 at 7 PM with her award-winning one-woman musical, Ethel Merman's Broadway. Here, the singing actress shares the performances that most affected her as part of the audience.

Hamilton

Christopher Jackson and company in <i>Hamilton </i>
Christopher Jackson and company in Hamilton Joan Marcus

Loved Javier Munoz as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton. He was charismatic and, dare I say, sexy. It worked for me. And Christopher Jackson — tall, commanding and presidential. A lot more than we're getting now.

Christopher Fitzgerald in Waitress

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Christopher Fitzgerald, Kimiko Glenn, and Aisha Jackson in Waitress Joan Marcus

I've loved him since Wicked, and I loved him even more here.

Isabella Russo and Luca Padovan in School of Rock — The Musical

The children of School of Rock - The Musical
The children of School of Rock - The Musical Matthew Murphy

Precocious and perfect.

Idina Menzel in Wicked

Idina Menzel in <i>Wicked</i>
Idina Menzel in Wicked Joan Marcus

She really “Let It Go”!

The original twins in Side Show, Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley

Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley in <i>Side Show</i>
Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley in Side Show Joan Marcus

Heck, anytime there's a production I'm there.

James Barbour in Phantom and Jane Eyre and A Tale of Two Cities

James Barbour
James Barbour Matthew Murphy

Pretty much everything he's in.

Original Jersey Boys cast

The original Broadway cast of <i>Jersey Boys</i>
The original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys Joan Marcus

I've seen it five times, and I'm already mourning that it's closing.

Reba McEntire in Annie Get Your Gun

Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire

A perfect marriage between subject and actress. Iconic.

Memories: Lily Tomlin in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Annie Leibovitz

Magical.

More memories: Harvey Fierstein and Estelle Getty in Torch Song Trilogy

Estelle Getty and Harvey Fierstein in <i>Torch Song Trilogy</i>
Estelle Getty and Harvey Fierstein in Torch Song Trilogy

Wow.

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