Broadway Scene Stealers: The Women

By Ben Rimalower
22 Aug 2013

Rachel Bay Jones
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

4. Rachel Bay Jones, Pippin

Sometime scene stealing is belty or bitchy or bawdy or boisterous, but it can also take other forms. In the current smash hit revival of Pippin directed by Diane Paulus, Andrea Martin has gotten the lion's share of attention and accolades for her old-fashioned (and acrobatic!) star turn as Berthe. It is, however, Rachel Bay Jones, as Catherine, who stole my heart. Her subtle, nuanced, off-center and surprising portrayal vividly evokes a range of emotions from longing and lust to joy and relief, and everything in between. This is a complete human being onstage. There's something completely captivating and strangely disarming about her manner, that makes the audience and Pippin fall in love with her — enough to forsake a life of glory. How's that for scene stealing? Jones' failure to receive a Tony nomination is one of the more egregious errors in recent years, and one that will surely be counterbalanced with a win in the years to come.