Two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa, who can be heard on the new cast recording of Michael John LaChiusa's First Daughter Suite, which arrives on CD April 1, shares the performances that most affected her as part of the audience.
10. Comedians by Trevor Griffiths.
Loved this play, and Jonathan Pryce was phenomenal.
9. Floyd Collins by Adam Guettel.
So wonderful. Every single performer. I must have listened to Jason Danieley and Chris Innvar sing “Daybreak” at least 6,000 times on my portable CD player. Yes, kids, I said portable CD player.
8. Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle.
Judy Blazer was ferocious in this. She is a personal friend, and I was deeply disappointed that she did not receive any Drama Desk action for her performance in this. She is pure gold.
7. Graciela Daniele's direction of Marie Christine.
In my opinion, Graciela is the most underappreciated artist of our time. Her inventive, magical direction of Marie Christine was a joy to behold. And I should know. I watched Act One every night.
Everyone knows that I adore Michael John LaChiusa and consider myself very fortunate indeed to perform his work, so I am biased. I thought his and Sybille Pearson's telling of this story spanning 27 years seamless and extraordinary.
5. Shaina Taub.
Deeply, deeply talented young woman. A gift to musical theatre.
4. The Debate Society. Buddy Cop 2, Blood Play, Jacuzzi.
My friend Michael Cyril Creighton, who is often a featured player, turned me on to them. Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen and Oliver Butler are quirky and brilliant. My two favorite things. Looking forward to The Light Years.
3. Henry Stram in anything. Face of an angel, incredible actor. And Everett Quinton. Master.
I am cramming in two actors into number three, but I have to.
2. Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn.
God, I loved this play.
I had the great good fortune to listen to these ladies backstage every night while I played online backgammon. Fiercely talented, fully committed, extraordinary human beings. So lucky to be among them.
And just for the record, I have not seen Hamilton yet. I know. Sue me.