THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Winner Cady Huffman Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
January 8, 2014's 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 Tony-winning singing actress Cady Huffman — star of The Will Rogers Follies, The Producers and The Nance — who will offer And She Can Cook Too! Jan. 14 at 54 Below.

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

Charlayne Woodard in Ain't Misbehavin'


"Watching her do her best to shimmy between her two, much more voluptuous castmates made me giggle then and has stuck with me ever since."



JoAnn M. Hunter (pictured) and Gregory Mitchell in Steel Pier


"Their dance interlude was incredibly beautiful and sexy! They were glorious and at the tops of their games!'"


Brian Dennehy in Death of a Salesman


"I was in standing room and absolutely riveted."


The 12 original Cagelles in La Cage aux Folles


"They were beautiful and talented and there had been nothing like them before. "



Loretta Devine singing "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries" at the top of Bob Fosse's last original musical Big Deal.


 "She seemed to float in the air as that magnificent voice sailed out into the audience." 



Rosemary Harris in A Delicate Balance


"It was my first time seeing her live, and I thought an ethereal being may have been placed onto the stage. She is a miracle."


Allison Janney in Present Laughter


"She was so dry and funny and equal to the task of sparring with Frank Langella."


 Elaine Stritch in At Liberty


"Love her and love that she shared all of that with us!"

Deborah Rush in Noises Off!


"Have not seen a more masterful comedic performance."



Ok, my cheeky #10. I had the privilege of singing "Why Can't You Behave" for Julie Harris.


"Her pixie face staring up at me and giving me all of her attention was magical. I never saw her perform live, but understand from those who did, that she simply was a magical being."