THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Actor-Writer-Director David Drake Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

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08 May 2013



A Chorus Line, original production


"As a teenager in Baltimore, I'd seen the show on tour — and memorized the album (of course) — but seeing A Chorus Line on Broadway was a must. I did so late in the run, in the mid-to-late 1980s, from a ticket bought at TKTS. To my amazement, Kelly Bishop, who'd won a Tony for her performance as Shelia, was back in the show at the time. (She'd gone back into it for a while.) Onstage, when she raised her hand and said, 'Can the adults smoke?,' I laughed so hard, tears rolled down my cheeks. I'll never forget it. A few years later I had the distinct honor of appearing with Kelly in Threepenny Opera at Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland. I was the Street Singer, Kelly was Jenny. On rehearsal breaks, we always grabbed a smoke together."


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