THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Ghost and Hair Star Caissie Levy Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

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16 Jan 2013

Caissie Levy
Caissie Levy

Playbill.com's new 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 Ghost and Hair star Caissie Levy, who has just released her debut solo EP, "With You," which features acoustic arrangements of songs from her Broadway shows.

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

 

Audra McDonald in 110 In The Shade

 

"Audra is obviously one of the greats and is always captivating, but this performance felt especially powerful, raw, brave, and irritatingly perfectly sung."

 

 

Alan Cumming in Cabaret

 

"He was frightening, sexy, menacing, hilarious and heartbreaking. What a stellar production, made even more amazing by his portrayal."

 

 

Mark Rylance in La Bête

 

"This man is a freak of nature. I could not believe the first 20 minutes of this play and what he achieved. (Shout out to Matthew Warchus!) I later saw Jerusalem in the West End and was totally confused as to how the same man played these two roles. It was some of the most exciting theatre I've ever seen. "

Brian d'Arcy James in Giant

 

"Watching him is like a master class, because his singing is just an extension of his speaking. It's so seamless that you forget you're watching a musical, and instead you feel like you're just watching a man live his life."

 

 

Cristin Milioti in Once

 

"I was so moved by the character she created. So odd and human. It made me wonder how she could be anything other than what was onstage, in real life."

 

 

Sarah Jessica Parker in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

 

"This was my first Broadway musical, and I sat in the front row worshipping her the entire time. She was adorable and sweet. This was the only time I ever "stage-doored" a show, and I was 13 years old. She was so kind to me after when I gushed about how I wanted to do what she did when I grew up. I've never forgotten that, and learned from her how to treat young fans at the stage door after a performance. A real class act."

 

James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy (West End)

 

"It was wonderful seeing such a legend onstage. And then he just completely embodied the role and the time period. He broke my heart, he was almost child-like with how free he was onstage. And that voice!"

 

 

Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie

 

"She's a dream. She captured exactly what it felt like to arrive in New York fresh faced and hopeful, and charted all the ups and downs so honestly and with such brilliant comedic timing. Her voice ain't too shabby either."

Zoe Wanamaker in All My Sons (West End)

 

"This was a brilliant cast all around. Ms. Wanamaker was simultaneously repressed and wild, sad and scary. I learned so much watching her, but more importantly, I felt so much watching her. It was outrageous when she wasn't nominated for an Olivier, but then we all know awards don't necessarily recognize all who are deserving. I'll never forget her performance."

 

 

Patti LuPone in Gypsy

 

"I was scared. I was enthralled. I was amazed. The best ever."