THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Broadway and Lend Me a Tenor Star Jill Paice Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

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20 Feb 2013

Jill Paice
Jill Paice

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 Broadway singing actress Jill Paice, who is currently starring in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor.

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

 

The ensemble of The Pitmen Painters

 

"The particular performance I attended was delayed by 45 minutes because one of the actors was picking up his fiancée at the airport and had run into traffic. It was well worth the wait to watch this group."

 

 

Nic Rouleau and Will Blum in The Book of Mormon

 

"I am totally cheating at this task by listing these two together, but their indelible performances went hand in hand. Two by two."

 

Arnie Burton and Jeffrey Kuhn in The 39 Steps

 

"These two fellas have beautiful spirits and excellent comedic timing. I hope you got to see them do their thing. If not, maybe try to start some sort of Facebook page and demand a reunion."

Mark Rylance and David Hyde Pierce in La Bête

 

"Should have won the Tony Award for cutest couple."

 

 

Kelli O'Hara in South Pacific

 

"Delightful and charming and also deeply moving. My absolute idol."

 

 

The company of the original Ragtime

 

"I was living in New York City and attending school for a summer before I started college. That cast, across the board, was the most extraordinary thing I had ever seen live and in person. I also realized then I didn’t know a thing about acting and had better  go to college and pay attention."

 

Matthew Saldivar in Peter and the Starcatcher

 

"Neck tears—laughed so hard I had tears all the way to my neck."

 

 

Nina Arianda in Venus in Fur

 

"The energy and the fury. She. Is. Tremendous."

Tom Edden in One Man, Two Guvnors

 

"Every time he approached the stairs, balancing an enormous tray of food or attempting some impossible task—I thought he was absolutely and fantastically hysterical."

 

 

Gregory Jbara in Billy Elliot

 

"I don't talk to people in New York very much because you're always in danger of choosing a nut with which to converse. But I once saw Mr. Jbara at the bank, and I marched right up to him to tell him how moved I was by his performance. I would have hugged him, too, but thought I ought to leave room for personal space. Mr. Jbara, I still carry this performance with me."