THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Buyer & Cellar Star Christopher J. Hanke 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 Broadway singing actor Christopher J. Hanke, who is currently starring in the hit Off-Broadway solo comedy Buyer & Cellar  at the Barrow Street Theatre through May 25.

Christopher J. Hanke
Christopher J. Hanke

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

Les Miserables

"My first Broadway show — Les Miserables.  After the show I was gobsmacked and went straight to the lobby to buy the $100 double CD souvenir and listened to that soundtrack for years! (ps…Found my PLAYBILL a few years ago from that production and Lea Michele was in it--I loved her as Gavroche!)"

 

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Denis O'Hare in Sweet Charity

 

"That elevator scene alone was a comic master class. I memorized his physical comedy."

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History Boys

 

"I wanted to be in this sooo badly. But I wasn't British. Instead I saw it three times and could not get over the genius that was Richard Griffiths — spellbinding."

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The Light in the Piazza

 

"All of it. The star was the score to me. One of my top two or three Broadway shows of all time."

 

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Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked

 

"A dear friend of mine as Glinda. She was so buoyant and bright and wicked-ly funny. See what I did there?"

 

 

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Venus in Fur

"Nina Nina Nina!"

 

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“So proud of this troupe of misfit weirdos with such inspiring stories; I love how they got their dream to Broadway!”

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Boeing-Boeing

 

"I don't know who to pick as my standout performance: I wanna say Mark Rylance in his comedic buffoon a la Jack Lemmon turn, but then there was the Amazonian German Goddess that was Mary McCormack crawling across the stage eating the carpet. Literally. It's a tie!"

 

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 The Normal Heart

 

"I snuck out of my matinee of How To Succeed to catch a random show time and I will never be the same...so proud I had the chance to do this production on the road. The entire cast was breathtaking."

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  Tom Edden in One Man, Two Guvnors

 

"Tom Edden as the nimble clown in One Man, Two Guvnors. I was in total awe of his limitless physical comedy playing the 80+ waiter Alfie. I'm obsessed with this performance."