THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Nominee and Under My Skin Star Kerry Butler Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
April 16, 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-nominated singing actress Kerry Butler, who is currently starring in the new comedy Under My Skin at The Little Shubert Theatre.

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

Andrea McArdle in Annie

"That performance started my career. As a kid, I saw that show and thought, 'I need to do that!'"



Stephanie Lawrence and Con O'Neill in Blood Brothers


"The first Broadway show I was cast in was Blood Brothers. Stephanie Lawrence and Con O'Neill blew me away! I was the swing, so I would sit in the audience every night and watch them and think, 'I can't believe this is my job!'"


Deaf West Production of Big River


"The Deaf West production of Big River was stunning. There was this moment when everyone stopped singing and started signing; it was one of my all-time favorite theatrical experiences."


 Revival of Ragtime


"The recent revival of Ragtime killed me. I was so moved by those performances!"



James Earl Jones in The Best Man


"I had the privilege of watching James Earl Jones create his character in The Best Man. When he was delivering his monologue, it was captivating. I was in awe of the way he owned the stage, and filled the silences."



Revival of Pippin

"I just saw the revival of Pippin and loved it so much. All the performances were wonderful.”



Josh Gad in The Book of Mormon


Book of Mormon is such a perfect show. Josh Gad's performance was hilarious and at the same time incredibly moving.”

Norbert Leo Butz in Catch Me If You Can and Big Fish


"He can be so real and understated and then transition flawlessly into a song-and-dance man."