THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Broadway Couple Matt Cavenaugh and Jenny Powers Share Their Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
June 6, 2012

Playbill.com's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of singing actors and married couple Matt Cavenaugh and Jenny Powers, who will offer an evening of song, entitled Loving You, June 18 at 8 PM at Feinstein's at Loews Regency; visit Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com for reservations.



Next Fall

 

"Next Fall, which I actually saw Off-Broadway, unexpectedly moved me on so many levels. I sat and sobbed in the theatre for a good 15 minutes after the play ended."
- Jenny

Learn more about Next Fall at the Playbill Vault

 

 

Brían F. O'Byrne in Frozen.

 

"Brían F. O'Byrne's Tony Award-winning performance as a serial killer in Frozen was beyond stunning and brilliant... He chilled me to the bone." - Jenny

"I was also blown away by Brian's performance. It was so good, it made me want to quit!" - Matt 

Click here to visit Brían F. O'Byrne's page at the Playbill Vault.

 

Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson in Grey Gardens

"Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson in Grey Gardens were almost too believable... absolutely mesmerizing." - Jenny

"I had a front-row seat for three years developing and performing Grey Gardens with Christine and Mary Louise. Every night, these two legends turned in a remarkable performance. Definitely my most fulfilling artistic experience to date." - Matt

Learn more about Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson at the Playbill Vault.

Donna Murphy and Michael Cerveris in LoveMusik.

"Their attention to detail was exceptional. I can still remember Michael's Kurt Weill 'composing music' in his mind by tapping imaginary keys on his pant leg."
-Jenny

Learn more about Donna Murphy and Michael Cerveris at the Playbill Vault.

 

 

Porgy and Bess.

 

"Audra McDonald and Bryonha Marie Parham in Porgy and Bess... The depth of their characters and the intensity of their performances knocked my socks off." - Jenny

"Wowed by the entire ensemble. What a production! Best night in the theatre in years!" - Matt

Learn more about Porgy and Bess at the Playbill Vault.

 

 

Carolee Carmello and James Ludwig in Jon & Jen.

"Carolee Carmello and James Ludwig in John & Jen, which I saw as a high school student at the Lamb's Little Theatre. I loved it so much I came back the following night. Then, I wrote Andrew Lippa a letter asking if I could sing one of the unpublished songs for my college auditions. He agreed, made a copy of his hand-written music, and we've been friends ever since. By the way, I still have the music." - Matt

Learn more about Carolee Carmello and James Ludwig at the Playbill Vault

 

 

Peter Friedman in Ragtime

"Peter Friedman's performance in Ragtime moved me incredibly. I was that annoying audience member in the balcony audibly weeping when Tateh spoke of his 'idea for a movie--a dream of what this country could be.'" - Matt

Learn more about Peter Friedman at the Playbill Vault.
 

 

 

 

Kevin Spacey in The Iceman Cometh.

 

"The 1999 revival of The Iceman Cometh, and in particular Kevin Spacey's Hickey...  Mesmerized for over four hours!" - Matt

Learn more about Kevin Spacey at the Playbill Vault.

 

Cabaret.  

 

"Roundabout's revival of Cabaret... Joyous laughter in the first act to shocking tears in the second. An incredible production by Mr. Mendes." - Matt

Learn more about Cabaret at the Playbill Vault.

 

 

The Sondheim Birthday Concert.

 

"Patti, Marin, Audra, Donna, Bernadette and Elaine in the second act of the Sondheim Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall. Combine Sondheim's music with those artists and magic happens. Jenn Colella and I snuck around to the back of the house to watch these divas strut their stuff. Each one a star. Each performance a marvel." - Matt

Click here to visit Stephen Sondheim's page at the Playbill Vault.