THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Emmy Winner, Tony Nominee and Nothing Like a Dame Star Polly Bergen

By Andrew Gans
March 20, 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 Emmy winner Polly Bergen, who was Tony-nominated for her performance in the 2001 production of Follies and will be seen in Nothing Like a Dame, the annual benefit for the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative that will be presented March 26 at 7:30 PM at The Gerald Lynch Theatre in Manhattan.

The theme of this year's Dame is "Their Favorite Things," based on this feature series. "Through engaging stories and songs, favorite performers from stage and screen will take the audience on a tour of their favorite shows and performances, highlighting those unforgettable nights in the theatres that have that influenced their careers," according to The Actors Fund. For more information and a complete list of participants, click here.



Uta Hagen in Country Girl.

 

"The greatest theatre performance I have ever, ever seen."

 

 

Raùl Esparza...

 

"In everything or anything!"

 

Audra McDonald as Bess in Porgy and Bess.

"Opening night, she took my breath away."

The entire cast of West Side Story.

 

"Was wall-to-wall talent 'with a little help' from Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein."

 

 

Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam

 

"There's never been another."

 

 

Hugh Jackman in Back On Broadway

 

"Don't try topping him, you'd lose."

 

 

Yul Brynner in The King and I

"Majestic and sexy... Etc. Etc. Etc."

 

 

Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd.

 

"No one will ever top Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett except - Angela Lansbury."  
 

 

Marlon Brando in Streetcar Named Desire

 

"A single shout of 'Stella' was worthy of the Tony, simply spine-chilling."

 

Ellen Barkin as Dr. Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart.

 

"Utter perfection."