THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Aladdin Star Jonathan Freeman Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Playbill.com'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 singing actor Jonathan Freeman, who plays Jafar in the new Disney musical Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

Jonathan Freeman
Jonathan Freeman (Photo by Monica Simoes)

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

Brian Bedford in School for Wives

"His command of language thrilled me in this play. He’s always superb, but this was the first time I saw him on stage, and it made a lasting impression."

 

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Donald Sinden in London Assurance

 

"A brilliant, measured, hysterically funny performance. I will never forget his entrance!"

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Daivd Dukes in Bent

 

"He broke my heart. I was moved to the core by his performance."

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 David Rounds  in Morning's at Seven

 

"I could not take my eyes off of him whenever he was on the stage. A brilliant actor who died too young."

 

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Jack Gilford in Sly Fox

 

"I laughed till I cried. I had the great pleasure of working with Jack many years later."

 

 

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  Hermione Gingold in A Little Night Music

"No one can bend words better. A masterful performance. She practiced “the economy of motion.” A great lesson.”

 

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Ralph Richardson in No Man's Land

 

"Spellbinding for me. It took me weeks to shake his performance."

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  Eva LeGallienne in The Royal Family

 

"Volcanic strength in a fragile shell. What a death scene! I’ve never heard an audience so silent and still."

 

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 Marilyn Cooper in Woman of the Year

 

"12 minutes on stage, and a perfect performance. No one was better."

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Angela Lansbury in The King and I

 

"She took over in one of the revivals for a brief time, and after seeing so many productions of that show over the years, gave a new clarity that may not have been seen since the original production. With Angela starring in the show, it once again became the story of Anna."