THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Actor-Writer-Director David Drake Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
08 May 2013

(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor or show's entry in the Playbill Vault.)

 

Sweeney Todd, original production



 

"First impressions on Broadway last a lifetime. As a Christmas gift, my best friend in high school got us tickets to the original production of Sweeney Todd. From our homes in suburban Baltimore, we took the Amtrak to New York City the day after Christmas in 1979 and saw the matinee at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin). It's a cavernous house, and Hal Prince's production — much like its longterm current tenant, Wicked — filled the whole space with scenery, ambiance, magic. But even though that epic world dominated the environment, the show's stars were able to break thru and land the most astonishing moments which I'll never forget. To this day, I can still feel Angela Lansbury bringing the house down with laughter, slinging that rolling pin down on 'The Worst Pies in London.' Then later, with Ken Jennings as Toby, breaking my 16-year-old heart with 'Nothing’s Going to Harm You' in a blue-lit special up stage left."

 

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