THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Breakfast at Tiffany's Star Lee Wilkof Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

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10 Apr 2013

Lee Wilkof
Lee Wilkof

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 original Little Shop of Horrors star Lee Wilkof, who is part of the cast of the world-premiere production of Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Cort Theatre.

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

 

Laurie Metcalf in Balm in Gilead in 1980 at Circle Rep

 

"I am still haunted by her ghostlike presence in this show, which introduced me to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company."

 

 

Colleen Dewhurst, Jason Robards and Ed Flanders in A Moon for the Misbegotten in 1973

 

"A harrowing and hilarious evening that ultimately left me devastated and introduced me to Eugene O'Neill."

 

Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou in Sweeney Todd in 1979

 

"I can still see the two of them so clearly in my mind. Both so beautiful and utterly insane."

John Malkovich in True West in 1983 

 

"An utterly brilliant, brave and original performance. I can still see him pinching his private parts throughout his performance. I've tried to steal this move, but have not had a role appropriate to this action."

 

 

Kene Holliday in Streamers in 1976

 

"Without a doubt the most menacing, terrifying character and performance I have ever seen."

 

 

Tabletop in 2000

 

"Working Theater production with one of the best ensembles I've ever seen."

 

Alfred Molina in Red in 2010

 

"Fred Molina is mesmerizing — almost outsizes the stage in a towering performance."

 

 

One Man, Two Guvnors in 2012

 

"Never heard so much laughter, and never laughed so hard in a theatre — like a tidal wave. Utterly brilliant."

Nathan Lane (then known as Joe Lane) in Jerz in 1972

 

"I was still in college at the University of Cincinnati, and a young lady who left school before me, whom I was chasing after, had moved to NYC and was performing in schools in New Jersey doing this piece which were sketches with music about the history of the state. There was a young man in this troupe she had told me about who was so wonderful. He was, and he grew up to be my dear friend Nathan."


Lewis J. Stadlen in Candide in 1974

 

"I had just moved to NYC and went to see this show not exactly sure what I was going to see. A bundle of energy and chutzpah playing multiple roles left me speechless, jealous and in awe."