THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Into the Woods and 'Night, Mother Star Joy Franz Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

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24 Apr 2013

Joy Franz
Joy Franz

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 Broadway veteran Joy Franz, who will be seen in The White Horse Theater Company's upcoming production of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'night, Mother, which runs May 3-19 at the Hudson Guild Theatre.

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

 

Rosemary Harris in The Royal Family 

 

"Julie Harris was sublimely funny in The Royal Family, and I wanted to be just like her!"

 

 

The Apple Tree in 1966

 

"Barbara Harris was absolutely brilliant!"

 

 

Robert Cuccioli in Jekyll & Hyde 

 

"Robert Cuccioli in Jekyll & Hyde was dangerously incredible. He should have won the Tony!"

Bent

 

"Bent by Martin Sherman with Richard Gere in 1980, about the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, was so spellbinding that I sat in my seat for quite awhile after it ended!"

 

 

Anne Bancroft in Golda 

 

"There had been a snow storm the night I saw it, so not many people were in the audience, but her performance was so inspiring and enlightening! It didn't matter how large the audience was."

 

 

Deathtrap

 

"Deathtrap by Ira Levin, a thriller that was so perfectly constructed that I literally screamed several times, it was so suspenseful."

 

Follies  

 

"The original Follies. Dorothy Collins was so brilliant and heartbreaking when she sang 'Losing My Mind.' I'll never forget her."

 

Doubt

 

"Adriane Lenox's performance was so heartbreaking and profound in Doubt, and Cherry Jones' performance was incredible."

Chita Rivera 

 

"I first fell in love with Chita Rivera's dancing when I was going to college in K.C., MO, and working at the Star Light Theatre. Her dancing was breathtaking like a swan gliding across the stage."

 

 

Laila Robins in The Lady from Dubuque
 

 

"Laila Robins' performance in The Lady from Dubuque was sensational, I wish she could have won a Tony!"