Their Favorite Things: Titanic and Trip of Love Star David Elder Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Titanic and Trip of Love Star David Elder 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 singing actor David Elder, who has starred on Broadway in Curtains, 42nd Street and Titanic, and will be seen in the new Off-Broadway dance musical spectacle Trip of Love beginning Sept. 26 at Stage 42.

David Elder
David Elder

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Tyne Daly in Gypsy
Hands down, the greatest Broadway performance I have ever witnessed.

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Photo by Martha Swope/©The New York Public Library

Michael Jeter in Grand Hotel
The sheer joy, truthfulness and heartbreaking vulnerability this man portrayed is something I’ll never forget.

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Faith Prince in Guys and Dolls
When you talk about a role fitting someone and their gifts, Faith Prince as Adelaide will come up every time!!! Brilliant!!!!

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Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz
Off the charts Tour de Force. I’ve idolized him ever since.

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Nathan Lane in The Producers
It is a huge load for anyone to carry, and he carried it nightly — to perfection.

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Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked
Her performance was so inventive, fresh, smart, touching and one of the funniest things I had EVER seen. BRAVA!!!

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Ellen Greene in Little Shop of Horrors
The first Off-Broadway show I had ever seen, and her performance remains one of my favorites! Suddenly Seymour!!!

 
 

Tommy Tune in My One and Only
This was the first Broadway show I ever saw as a senior in high school, and it was from the front row of the mezzanine. I was mesmerized by the singing and dancing. I knew I wanted to give show business a chance because of Tommy Tune.

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Photo by Kenn Duncan

Emily Skinner in Side Show
Her portrayal of Daisy was so heartbreaking, grounded and beautifully sung. I’ve loved everything she has done since! Huge fan!

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Robert Westenberg and Joanna Gleason in Into the Woods
They were remarkable in this show, embodying fully realized characters and were 100% successful in their comedic choices. I LOVED that production at the Martin Beck Theatre.

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Photo by Martha Swope
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