THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Mamma Mia! and Sunset Boulevard Star Karen Mason Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
November 28, 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 Drama Desk Award-nominated singing actress Karen Mason, who will celebrate the holidays with Christmas concerts in San Francisco, Chicago and New York throughout the month of December. Click here for the details.



(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor or show's entry in the Playbill Vault.)

 

Liza Minnelli in The Rink

 

"'Colored Lights,' her first song, was a revelation to me! The perfect combination of a great song and a great actress and a great belter!"

 

 

Charlotte Crossley in Hairspray

 

"I got to listen in the wings when she sang 'I Know Where I've Been.' This performance was just...great love!"

 

 

George Hearn in Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd

 

"What can I say about this man and his art!? His voice, his nuance, his humanity! It is all there in every moment on stage. I love you, George Hearn!  In everything you do!!"

Harvey Fierstein in Torch Song Trilogy

 

"What can I say? He is a star!!!"

 

 

Patti LuPone in Evita

 

"This performance was wonderful and scary and belting higher than I had ever heard! And, she was thrilling!!"

 

 

Danny Stiles in Wonderland 

 

"Just totally shameless!! I love the fearlessness of this actor! Makes me laugh every time!"

 

 

Tommy Tune in Seesaw

 

"He was sooooooo tall! And so talented! And so riveting!! I couldn't take my eyes off those amazing tapping feet!!"

 

 

Pearl Bailey in Hello, Dolly!

 

"I saw this on my Junior Trip/High School. This was my first Broadway show...and the whole experience just overwhelmed me! She was so sassy! I wanted to do that!!!"

Chita Rivera in Chicago

 

"That amazing dancing, that signature voice, that great stage presence! I feel privileged to have seen her in this show! She is Broadway!"

 

 

Maureen Silliman in Is There Life After High School?

 

"I saw this 'Congratulations Show' when I got cast in my first Broadway show! Maureen singing 'Just a Housewife' was smart and beautiful...and so very surprising and deep with her choices! Such brilliant choices! Such intensity! A little scary! I loved it!!! And then I got to work with her in Company in Boston."