THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Chaplin Star Rob McClure Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
December 19, 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 award-winning actor Rob McClure, who currently stars in the title role of the new Broadway musical Chaplin, now playing the Ethel Barrymore Theatre through Jan. 6, 2013.



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

 

George Hearn and Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd

 

"While I never had the honor of seeing this live, I've seen every piece of archived footage that exists. I know their every move in those roles. I will strive to achieve this level of artistry for the rest of my life."

 

 

 Vanessa Redgrave in Long Day's Journey Into Night 

 

"I've never seen anyone use their hands in that way. I get goose bumps just remembering it."

 

 

Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet 

 

"His command of language was extraordinarily powerful."

Ian McDiarmid in Faith Healer 

 

"His sense of whimsy was mesmerizing."

 

 

Sutton Foster and the entire cast of the Anything Goes revival

 

"I defy anyone to find a more thrilling Act 1 finale. Broadway at its most joyful."

 

 

Colm Wilkinson in Les Misérables

 

"Come on. He's just freakin incredible. 'Took the silver........Took my Fliiiiiiiiiight!'"

 

 

Lookingglass Alice at the Arden Theatre Co. in Philadelphia

 

"I've never been so wonderfully and playfully manipulated by a show. It changed my definition of what theatre could be."

 

 

The Exonerated at 45 Bleecker Street 

 

"Bob Balaban assembled an army of actors that waged war on the Justice System. I remember wondering when the last time I had taken a breath was."

 David Patrick Kelly in Once

 

"The epitome of cool. Couldn't take my eyes off him."

 

 

Aymee Garcia as Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q

 

"Aymee was the Kate/Lucy cover. She almost never went on, but the few times she did...perfection. So, so funny, yet so, so honest."