Sierra Boggess Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

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Love Never Dies Olivier nominee Sierra Boggess, who currently plays Rosalie in the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock at the Winter Garden Theatre, shares the performances that most affected her as part of the audience.
Sierra Boggess in <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i>
Sierra Boggess in The Phantom of the Opera Joan Marcus

Michael Urie in Buyer & Cellar

Truly one of the most extraordinary performances I have ever seen. I felt like he was a master class in respect for the characters, humor and heartbreak all rolled into one!

Michael Urie in <i>Buyer &amp; Cellar</i>
Michael Urie in Buyer & Cellar Photo by Sandra Coudert

Sherie Rene Scott as Amneris in Aida

Sherie is one of the most extraordinary actresses of our time. Her intelligence as a performer shines through, and her portrayal of Amneris was unforgettable for me!

 

 

LaChanze as Celie in The Color Purple

This show changed my life, and I even named my cat Celie after I saw LaChanze in this show!

 

 

Lindsay Mendez as Elphaba in Wicked

I can’t even begin to explain how it feels to watch one of your best friends make their star turn on Broadway. It was unforgettable, and I find myself remembering her performance as Elphaba all the time.

Lindsay Mendez
Lindsay Mendez Photo by Joan Marcus

Mark Rylance as Olivia in Twelfth Night at the Globe Theatre in London

I saw Mark in 2002, and I thought I discovered this rare species of actor! I love that the world gets to see the genius of Mark!! I had never seen a woman played as well as Mark playing Olivia.

Samuel Barnett and Mark Rylance in <i>Twelfth Night</i>
Samuel Barnett and Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night Photo by Joan Marcus

Joseph Millson as Macbeth at the Globe Theatre in London

Again, this is one of my dearest friends and one of the most brilliant actors I have ever worked with. Anytime you can see Joseph in anything, go go go! Luckily, his performance as Macbeth is preserved on DVD for all time! He made me understand Shakespeare in a way I have never known was possible!

Joseph Millson in <i>Macbeth</i>
Joseph Millson in Macbeth Photo by Ellie Kurttz

Beth Leavel in The Drowsy Chaperone

I have never laughed as hard as I have laughed in the theatre seeing Beth’s performance. I find her absolutely exquisite in every way.

Bob Martin and Beth Leavel in <i>The Drowsy Chaperone</i>
Bob Martin and Beth Leavel in The Drowsy Chaperone Photo by Joan Marcus

Judy Kaye in Souvenir

This is one of the greatest performances of all time. I found myself laughing so hard and then the final moment when she stepped out and sang as her true self — oh my God, it will live in my soul forever!!!!

Cosme McMoon and Judy Kaye in <i>Souvenir</i>
Cosme McMoon and Judy Kaye in Souvenir Photo by Ashley Forrette

Norm Lewis as Javert in Les Miserables' 25th anniversary

OK. We all know and love Norm, but no one can rival his Javert. I cried through the whole thing, and he made that character my dream role in my next life.

 

 

Essie Davis as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at the National Theatre in London

I saw this show while I was studying abroad in London in 2002, and it was incredible. I will never forget when Blanche was being taken away at the end of the show and Essie as Stella was literally wailing from her soul in the most truthful, heartbreaking way. It was such an honest and moving performance.

Essie Davis
Essie Davis Photo by Ben King
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