Bernadette Peters Shares Her Cherished Theatregoing Experiences

Playbill.com launches its new feature series, Their Favorite Things, which asks members of the theatre community to share ten of the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience. We are thrilled to kickoff this new series with two-time Tony winner and Broadway favorite Bernadette Peters, who is currently starring in the critically acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies.

Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters

Derek Jacobi in Cyrano de Bergerac.


Derek Jacobi and Alice Krige in <i>Cyrano de Bergerac</i>
Derek Jacobi and Alice Krige in Cyrano de Bergerac

"I brought that inspiration home with me."


Sada Thompson in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.

Sada Thompson
Sada Thompson

"I was in awe!"

(Thompson starred in the Off-Broadway production; the play would later be produced on Broadway with Shelley Winters.)

Lena Horne in  Lena Horne:  The Lady and Her Music


Lena Horne
Lena Horne

"Magical!"


Carol Channing in  Hello, Dolly!

Jay Garner and Carol Channing in <i>Hello, Dolly!</i>
Jay Garner and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!

"I had never seen her do it until her last go-around in 1995. I bowed to her when I saw her afterwards."


Vanessa Redgrave in Orpheus Descending.

Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave

"Don't ever miss her."


James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in The  Great White Hope.


James Earl Jones in <i>The  Great White Hope</i>
James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope

"Wow!!!"


Elaine Stritch in Company.

Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch

"That performance was, 'What is she doing, and how do I do that?!'"


Eileen Atkins

Eileen Atkins
Eileen Atkins

"In anything!"


Natasha Richardson in A Streetcar Named Desire.


Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly in <i>A Streetcar Named Desire</i>
Natasha Richardson and John C. Reilly in A Streetcar Named Desire (Joan Marcus)

"I went back twice and sat in the second row. She was amazing! AMAZING!"


Al Pacino


Al Pacino
Al Pacino

"In anything...He just 'is' on stage — you have to see it!"


Zoe Caldwell in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
"I had one more, and I know I will think of many more, but, for now, this is my list. Happy holidays!"