THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Three-Time Tony Nominee Judy Kuhn Shares Her Cherished Theatregoing Experiences
By Andrew Gans
January 18, 2012
Playbill.com's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share ten of the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience. This week we spotlight the choices of three-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn, who was most recently on Broadway as Fantine in the revival of Les Misérables and who will play a limited engagement at Feinstein's at Loews Regency March 6-10.
Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd.
"One of the great comedic / frightening / moving performances I have ever seen in a musical. "
Vanessa Redgrave in Long Day's Journey Into Night.
"A lesson on how to fully LIVE on stage. Her Mary Tyrone was so real it was sometimes painful to watch. She is remarkable."
Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in Sunday in the Park With George.
"Inspiring. I saw the show when I first moved to NYC. After the performance, I went straight to the box office and bought a ticket for another performance."
Fiona Shaw inHappy Daysat BAM.
"I know it's not Broadway, but it was one of the best, most awe-inspriring, funny, devastating performances I have seen in the last several years — and she did it while buried up to her waist and then neck!"
Jason Robards inThe Iceman Cometh
"Sometimes an actor can channel a writer like no one else, and that was true of Jason Robards in a Eugene O'Neill play. Always one of my favorite actors on stage and screen, I feel privileged to have seen this performance."
Sinead Cusak and Derek Jacobi in Cyrano de Bergerac.
"I also saw this when I first moved to NYC and sat in the center of the third row. There are moments in those performances, looks on the actors' faces that are burned into my brain forever. I wept my way through the last act."
Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha.
"My parents took me to this production when I was a child — it was my first Broadway show. I will never forget the experience of it. I can still see Richard Kiley in the death scene. I think that is when the theatre bug bit me."
Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan inLes Liaisons Dangereuses.
"It was like watching a dance between two masters of their craft. Unforgettable."
Dylan Baker in La Bête.
"This performance was my introduction to one of my favorite NY actors. I was amazed at the transformation he acheived. And, he was hilarious!"
John Malkovich inBurn This.
"I was on the edge of my seat watching him on stage. You never knew what he was going to do next —a lesson on living dangerously on stage."