THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: 2012 Follies Tony Nominee Danny Burstein Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
May 16, 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 singing actor Danny Burstein, a 2012 Tony nominee for his performance in the Broadway revival of Follies, which is currently playing a limited Los Angeles engagement.

Read more about Danny Burstein's theatrical history in the Playbill Vault.



Nigel Hawthorne in Shadowlands.  

 

"A brilliant performance. He let out a sob at the end of the show that I felt to the tips of my toes."

Learn more about Shadowlands at the Playbill Vault

 

 

James Earl Jones in Fences.  

 

"He was towering and larger than life. I thought he was 10 feet tall."

Read more about Fences at the Playbill Vault

 

Joel Grey in The Normal Heart

"This was during the original run at the Public. Joel and this beautiful play blew me away."

Read more about The Normal Heart at the Playbill Vault.

John Cullum in Shenandoah

 

"I did the show with him in summer stock and watched his Meditation every night from the wings. Brilliant."

Read more about Shenandoah at the Playbill Vault

 

 

Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in Sunday in the Park With George

 

"Towering performances that were made all the better by their honesty and beauty."

Read more about Sunday in the Park With George at the Playbill Vault.

 

 

Rebecca Luker in The Music Man

 

"I'm biased, I know. But when she sang 'My White Knight' I burst out into tears every time. Nuanced and brilliant performance."

Read more about The Music Man at the Playbill Vault.

 

 

The entire cast of Dreamgirls.  

"This show changed my life. Easily one of the best evenings I've ever had in the theatre."

Read more about Dreamgirls at the Playbill Vault

 

 

 

Tony Randall in A Little Hotel on the Side.

 

"Another show I was in and watched from the wings. Tony was masterful in his asides to the audience. I asked him what his secret was... He said, 'You must love your audience.'" 

Read more about A Little Hotel on the Side at the Playbill Vault

 

Lynn Redgrave

 

"...  in every show she's ever done. I was lucky enough to work with her and know the depth of talent, generosity and beauty that she commanded on stage and off."

Read more about Lynn Redgrave's theatrical history at the Playbill Vault.

 

John Lithgow in M. Butterfly.  

 

"John in anything is pretty much perfection."

Read more about M. Butterfly at the Playbill Vault.