Tony Danza Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Tony Danza Shares His Theatregoing Experiences Norbert Leo Butz, Faith Prince and Mark Rylance are among the singing actor’s favorites.
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Stage and screen star Tony Danza, most recently on Broadway in the Jason Robert Brown musical Honeymoon in Vegas, is currently playing the intimate Manhattan nightspot Feinstein’s/54 Below with an evening entitled Standards & Stories; remaining show times are August 10 at 9:30 PM, September 8 at 7 PM and September 9 at 7 PM. Here, the star of Taxi and Who's the Boss? shares the performances that most affected him as part of the audience.

Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

Mark Rylance in <i>Jerusalem</i>
Mark Rylance in Jerusalem Photo by Simon Annand

His work as the anti-hero, Rooster, foreshadowed the incredible work he is now doing in the movies. Right now he may be the best around.

Norbert Leo Butz in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow, and Sherie Rene Scott in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow, and Sherie Rene Scott in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Carol Rosegg

This guy is always good.

Kevin Spacey in The Iceman Cometh

Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey in The Iceman Cometh

I saw this performance up close every night. Kevin can do a 30-minute monologue in 15, and you would still hear every syllable. Verbal dexterity!

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman

Philip Seymour Hoffman in <i>Death of a Salesman</i>
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman Brigitte Lacombe for New York Magazine

His stillness was stunning, and the play touched me even more than the other productions I have seen.

Vanessa Redgrave in The Year of Magical Thinking

Vanessa Redgrave stars in Joan Didion's <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i>.
Vanessa Redgrave stars in Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

I sat alone trying not to let anyone know I was crying and then gave up.

Tim Pigott-Smith in King Charles lll

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Tim Pigott-Smith in King Charles III Joan Marcus

I got to work with Tim in Iceman; in both performances his understated work makes one jealous.

Nathan Lane in The Producers

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in The Producers.
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in The Producers. Paul Kolnik

His Max made me want to play it, which I got the privilege of doing on Broadway.

Mare Winningham in Picnic

Mare Winningham and Maggie Grace
Mare Winningham and Maggie Grace in Picnic Joan Marcus

She made life happen on stage. Real life!

Faith Prince in Guys and Dolls

Faith Prince in <i>Guys and Dolls</i>
Faith Prince in Guys and Dolls

I love this show, and her Adelaide was the best.

Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman

Lastly, I never saw Ethel Merman on Broadway, but I saw her do Call Me Madam in Florida. I'll never forget it. “You don't need analyzing!”

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