Their Favorite Things: Something Rotten! Tony Nominee Brad Oscar Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Something Rotten! Tony Nominee Brad Oscar Shares His Theatregoing Experiences 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 2015 Tony nominee Brad Oscar, who plays Nostradamus in the new musical Something Rotten! and stops the show nightly at the St. James Theatre with "A Musical."

Brad Oscar
Brad Oscar

Dorothy Loudon in Annie

Dorothy Loudon in the original Broadway production
Dorothy Loudon in the original Broadway production

Perhaps the first performance I remember that really stayed with me. Ferocious, delightful and just plain fabulous.

Ian McKellen in Amadeus

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That initial moment early on when he transformed from old Salieri to young was remarkable, something I had never witnessed on stage before, and the performance just got better from there.

Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd

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I've been fortunate (and old!) enough to see her play Mame and Mama Rose, but this was a performance for the ages, and we're so lucky that it was captured on video for all to see.

Jim Dale in Barnum

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Such energy, wit, enthusiasm and warmth, he did it all so effortlessly. Oh, AND he walked a tightrope!

Jessica Tandy in Foxfire

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Another wow moment in her onstage transformation to her younger self. It was breathtaking, and the first time I had ever seen this extraordinary actress on stage.

Lily Tomlin in Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe 

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I think she is finally appreciated for the fine actress she is, but in 1985 she proved to us all what a master storyteller and actress she was. Unforgettable.

Tom Courtenay in The Dresser

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I'll never stop hearing in my mind the absolute heartbreak, fear and sorrow in his final line, "What about me?" Devastating, a beautiful performance.

Linda Lavin in Broadway Bound

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Such a fine performance, capped by that Act Two monologue so full of joy, promise and regret. I've tried never to miss her on stage since, she's so singular and remarkable.

Nathan Lane in The Producers

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Ok, so I'm a little biased, but it really was a master class in stage comedy. And I'm grateful to have taken that class nightly for a year.

Colman Domingo and Forrest McClendon in The Scottsboro Boys

 
 

I put them together because they functioned so beautifully as a team. Transforming brilliantly from one character to another, they were our tour guides through this extraordinary and devastating piece, so theatrically told.

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