THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Bernadette Peters Shares Her Cherished Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
January 4, 2012 launches its new feature series, Their Favorite Things, which asks members of the theatre community to share ten of the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience. We are thrilled to kickoff this new series with two-time Tony winner and Broadway favorite Bernadette Peters, who is currently starring in the critically acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies.

Derek Jacobi in Cyrano de Bergerac.

"I brought that inspiration home with me."

Sada Thompson in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.

"I was in awe!"

(Thompson starred in the Off-Broadway production; the play would later be produced on Broadway with Shelley Winters.)

Lena Horne in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music


Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!

"I had never seen her do it until her last go-around in 1995. I bowed to her when I saw her afterwards."

Vanessa Redgrave in Orpheus Descending.

"Don't ever miss her."

James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in The Great White Hope.


Elaine Stritch in Company.

"That performance was, 'What is she doing, and how do I do that?!'"

Eileen Atkins

"In anything!"

Natasha Richardson in A Streetcar Named Desire.

"I went back twice and sat in the second row. She was amazing! AMAZING!"

Al Pacino

"In anything...He just 'is' on stage — you have to see it!"

Zoe Caldwell in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

"I had one more, and I know I will think of many more, but, for now, this is my list. Happy holidays!"