Two-Time Tony Nominee Vivian Reed Shares Her Favorite Theatregoing Experiences

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Vivian Reed
Vivian Reed

Two-time Tony Award nominee Vivian Reed will return to New York's Metropolitan Room May 23, June 17 and July 21 with her critically acclaimed concert act Standards and More, backed by a four-piece band led by Billy McDaniel. Here, the acclaimed singing actress, whose Broadway credits include The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club and Bubbling Brown Sugar, shares the performances that most affected her as part of the audience.

The great Gwen Verdon's performance in the original Chicago

Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera in <i>Chicago</i>
Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera in Chicago Martha Swope

No one could do Fosse's choreography like Gwen, and that quiver in her voice gave such vulnerability to Roxie Hart.

The heartbreaking Ellen Greene in Little Shop of Horrors

She was the heart of the show; not just the character she played, but she, herself.

A unique and very special moment was Bernadette Peters' "Send in the Clowns" in A Little Night Music in 2010…

<b> Bernadette Peters in <i> A Little Night Music</i></b>
Bernadette Peters in A Little Night Music Joan Marcus

She went someplace in her soul that was so deep, you wondered if she would ever return. It was a literal breathtaking moment.

Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple

Cynthia Erivo in <i>The Color Purple</i>
Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple Matthew Murphy

I have no words. Her acting, her singing. I wanted to jump out of my seat in the middle of her 11 o'clock number! I predict this young lady will have a long and wonderful career in theater.

Lena Horne in The Lady and Her Music

Lena Horne in <i>The Lady and Her Music</i>
Lena Horne in The Lady and Her Music Martha Swope

To see Lena Horne in The Lady and Her Music was to give me more of a reason to continue my career in music. What a command of the stage! She enraptured the audience and never let go.

Honi Coles in My One and Only

Tommy Tune and Honi Coles in <i>My One and Only</i>
Tommy Tune and Honi Coles in My One and Only

[His performance] was to touch me so deeply because Honi had retired from show business, and I persuaded him to return and return he did, landing a starring role in Bubbling Brown Sugar and then on to My One and Only, for which he would win a Tony. His performance was so overwhelming for me because Coles had been my manager and taught me so much about performing, and to see him on stage again brought me and the audience unimaginable joy!

Maddie Baillio's portrayal of Dracula in the Marymount College production of Dracula

Maddie Baillio
Maddie Baillio

[That performance] would, in my opinion, merit a Tony nomination or even the Tony. This young lady's performance was riveting! The production was so amazing, including a superb cast and orchestra, incredible lighting that, at moments, I thought I was actually sitting in a Broadway theater.

Stephanie Mills in The Wiz

Stephanie Mills in <i>The Wiz</i>
Stephanie Mills in The Wiz

[She] embodied the character of Dorothy to wonderful depths. Her interpretation and overall performance of every song left you breathless. Stephanie's skills as a singer and actress have, indeed, carried over to her records as well as her live performances with the sole purpose of connecting with her audience, and connect she does, in a big way!

Chita Rivera....a performer's performer

Chita Rivera in <i>Kiss of the Spider Woman</i>
Chita Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman

To watch her in Kiss of the Spider Woman was to watch one so heavily skilled in all aspects of theater or whatever. She draws you into her web and there you remain...happily stuck. Even at her age today, she remains one of the most alluring performers out there!

Alan Cumming in Cabaret

Alan Cumming and The Kit Kat Girls in Cabaret.
Alan Cumming and The Kit Kat Girls in Cabaret. Joan Marcus

Who can pull off Cabaret better than Alan Cumming with his flair for comedy and the over dramatic, for which Cabaret does demand? He delivered this role and all of its nuances in such a big and uninhibited way. I recently saw Alan in his one-man show at Carnegie Hall, produced by Daniel Nardicio, and he did not disappoint. Here, again, Alan embodies what performance should be about...connecting with the audience!

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