Wicked’s Jackie Burns Shares Her 10 Favorite Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Wicked’s Jackie Burns Shares Her 10 Favorite Theatregoing Experiences
 
Bernadette Peters, Ben Platt, Heather Headley, and Sutton Foster are some of Broadway’s current Elphaba’s favorites.
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Jackie Burns, whose Broadway credits include the revival of Hair and the new musical If/Then, is currently starring as the misunderstood, not-so-wicked witch Elphaba in the New York company of the international hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

Here, the actor, who boasts a thrillingly powerful belt, details the Broadway performances that most affected her as part of the audience.

Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen and Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple

Ben Platt in <i>Dear Evan Hansen</i> and Cynthia Erivo in<i> The Color Purple</i>
Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen and Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple

What can I say about these two performances that hasn't already been said? I will remember and continue to be inspired by their work for years to come!

Bernadette Peters and Jessie Mueller in anything

Bernadette Peters and Jessie Mueller
Bernadette Peters and Jessie Mueller

I am in complete awe of these two women. They are geniuses in my book.

Rhondi Reed in August: Osage County

A scene from <i>August: Osage County</i>.
A scene from August: Osage County. Michael Brosilow

Her performance (and this show) blew me away, and now I get to share the stage with her eight times a week. I am a very lucky girl!

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked

Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel in <i>Wicked</i>
Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel in Wicked Joan Marcus

I saw the show when I first graduated college with my parents, and the feeling I had after watching those two women is something I will never forget.

Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sutton Foster in <i> Thoroughly Modern Millie</i>
Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie Joan Marcus

The true triple threat!

Heather Headley in Aida

Adam Pascal and Heather Headley in <i>Aida</i>
Adam Pascal and Heather Headley in Aida Joan Marcus

The beauty, grace, intensity, and passion in her performance still sits with me.

The cast of Hamilton

Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda Joan Marcus

Just epic magic!

The cast of Hair

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Will Swenson and the cast of the Broadway revival of Hair Joan Marcus

Getting to be a part of creating love and joy on stage with that special group of people is something I will treasure forever!

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