Their Favorite Things: Tony Nominee and It Shoulda Been You Star Montego Glover Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Tony Nominee and It Shoulda Been You Star Montego Glover Shares Her 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 Memphis Tony nominee Montego Glover, who is currently starring in the new musical It Shoulda Been You at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. "There are far too many incredible performances happening eight times a week on Broadway to name," Montego told Playbill.com. "I mention these because in some shape or form they resonated with me at the time."

Montego Glover
Montego Glover

 Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

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Such a feat of physical agility and a maddeningly nuanced and complete man in the world of his play. Scary and attractive at the same time.

Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night

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Can you tell I'm a fan? Mark as Olivia blew me away. A stillness and control that lends itself to bits of humor. Amazing to watch.

LaChanze in The Color Purple

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The Color Purple was my Broadway debut. I had admired LaChanze's work on Once on This Island as a student listening to the cast album. In this performance (with the scope that the role of Celie required) I got to actually watch her work. After all, I was hired to standby for Celie! I'll never forget it.

Sutton Foster in The Drowsy Chaperone

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Ease and comfort. Sutton has a way of making her work look easy, and fun and real. And then she turns on the juice! She reminds me to relax and dig in.

The Cast of The Normal Heart

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Rarely is a play so moving, timely, and well written that the cast must move as one unit. A true ensemble cast. I was literally speechless after this collective performance.

The Cast of Once

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That glorious combination of actors fully living in the world of a play, working generously and with such honesty physically, musically and emotionally. I felt like I was being embraced by them all.

Anika Noni Rose in Caroline, or Change

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I remember being surprised that Anika was singing in this piece. Her acting was such a treat: deeply rooted, contained, and raw, that when she sang it was the final release. Wonderful.

Lena Hall in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Lena's arc is so simply exquisite in this performance. Nothing is given away or wasted, and the commitment is full. Her singing "lift up your hands" at the end was like being set free.

Phylicia Rashad in Gem of the Ocean

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Watching Phylicia transform in this play was a master class, plain and simple. In my wildest and most sincere dreams, I want to do this kind of transformative work.

Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton 

This performance is beyond for me because Lin-Manuel playing Alexander Hamilton is almost an afterthought considering he wrote the book, music, lyrics and co-arranged the score. Somehow him standing onstage embodies a force. Hamilton in its entirety is Lin's performance and it reaches spectacularly in all directions. This kind of total performance is a game changer.

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