THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Nominee and You Can't Take It With You Star Kristine Nielsen Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Nominee and You Can't Take It With You Star Kristine Nielsen 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 Tony-nominated actress Kristine Nielsen, who is currently starring in the critically acclaimed revival of You Can't Take It With You at the Longacre Theatre.

Kristine Nielsen
Kristine Nielsen Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Kristine Nielsen and Annaleigh Ashford in <i>You Can't Take It With Yiou</i>
Kristine Nielsen and Annaleigh Ashford in You Can't Take It With Yiou Photo by Joan Marcus

"I have been so lucky to have grown up in two areas of the country that allowed me to see Broadway stars pre and post their great performances in New York," Nielsen told Playbill.com. "At the Cape Cod Melody Tent as a child, I saw Zero Mostel in Fiddler, Carol Channing in Lorelei, Elaine Stritch in Mame and at the Cape Playhouse, Geraldine Page in The Little Foxes and Tallulah Bankhead in a play I can't remember the name of, but she sure made an impression!

"And in D.C., I saw so many try-out productions at the National and second runs at the Kennedy Center. A standout was Angela Lansbury in Gypsy and Liza Minnelli in The Act.

"But I am going to try and be faithful to what I saw on the Broadway stage and what I struggled to save for and spend my money on."

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 Rose Gregorio in A View From the Bridge  
Tony Lo Bianco and Rose Gregorio
Tony Lo Bianco and Rose Gregorio Photo by Martha Swope

Her honest, searing truth as a wife torn between the love of her husband and her love in her Catholic faith made an impossible role so human and devastating.

Dorothy Loudon in Noises Off

Deborah Rush, Brian Murray, Douglas Seale, Linda Thorson, Paxton Whitehead, Jim Piddock, Dorothy Loudon and Victor Garber
Deborah Rush, Brian Murray, Douglas Seale, Linda Thorson, Paxton Whitehead, Jim Piddock, Dorothy Loudon and Victor Garber Photo by Martha Swope

She nearly killed me, I laughed so hard.

Raul Julia in Arms and the Man 

Raul Julia, Glenne Headly and Kevin Kline
Raul Julia, Glenne Headly and Kevin Kline Photo by Martha Swope

His strutting, prancing Sergius was the total alpha male, including hilarious vulnerability.

Maggie Smith (are you surprised!) in Private Lives 

Maggie Smith and John Standing
Maggie Smith and John Standing

Her triple take on the balcony when she sees Elyot again is untouchable.

John Malkovich and Joan Allen in Burn This 

John Malkovich, Lou Liberatore and Joan Allen
John Malkovich, Lou Liberatore and Joan Allen Photo by Martha Swope

They were so good together and so sexy and so smart. Electric.

Donal McCann in Juno and the Paycock 

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I think I was in the last row of the balcony and had driven all night to get there, but his fleshy, brooding drunken coward still haunts me.

Morgan Freeman in Gospel at Colonus 

Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman

It was just the best way to see a Greek tragedy and dance to the incredible gospel music with this magnetic preacher-man — such charisma!

Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach in Chicago 

Jerry Orbach and Gwen Verdon
Jerry Orbach and Gwen Verdon

They were all so delicious, but I still remember Jerry Orbach coming out of the shadows with his wonderful slouchy full-body profile as the ultimate shyster lawyer. 

Adriane Lenox in Doubt 

Adriane Lenox
Adriane Lenox Photo by Joan Marcus

She just spoke the truth and broke your heart.

The entire original ensemble of Glengarry Glen Ross

Joe Montegna and Robert Prosky
Joe Montegna and Robert Prosky Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

They were all non-celebrities, all American, all wonderful and most had come from the great regional theatres.

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