THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Jersey Boys and Edwin Drood Star Andy Karl Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

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27 Feb 2013

Andy Karl
Andy Karl

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 singing actor Andy Karl, who was seen earlier this season in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and recently returned to the cast of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre.

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

 

Michael Cerveris in The Who's Tommy

 

"The big reason for me moving to New York City was the fact that the rock opera Tommy was live on stage and I had to be a part of theatre if these shows were being produced. I saw Mr. Cerveris eight times in the role, and I was blown away."

 

 

The end of the first act in Wicked

 

"I was fortunate enough to play Fiyero in the Broadway production, and I would watch the show from the wings as Elphaba sang 'Defying Gravity' and flew high in the air with smoke and lights as she hit the last note. Breathtaking moment on stage. I also sat in the orchestra a few times and was blown away by the musicians as they rocked that number."

 

Boo Boo in Legally Blonde

 

"Orfeh and I adopted the understudy to Bruiser in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde. He went on in the role several times and was amazing. He has since appeared on television shows and even got married to another Chihuahua. We're very proud."

Brian F. O'Byrne in the play Frozen 

 

"This man always gives an incredible performance in anything. That was my first introduction to his work, and I have been a fan ever since."

 

 

The original cast of Rent

 

"You can say how cliche I am, but there's no denying the power of that cast and their performances. You could feel the texture of musical theatre changing. No matter how you look at it, Rent moved people… including me."

 

 

Les Misérables

 

"To anyone who saw Les Misérables anywhere in the country, I say to you, you watched a masterpiece. Most epic, most awesome musical. I deny anyone who didn't know at least three songs from that show by heart because you listened to the album constantly."

 

Nathan Lane and Mathew Broderick in The Producers

 

"Nathan Lane and Mathew Broderick in The Producers was genius. Mel Brooks is a master of comedy, and Nathan and Matthew played his material to expertise."

 

 

Peter and the Starcatcher

 

"Peter and the Starcatcher was truly inventive and exciting to watch. The second act opener had me laughing and grinning ear to ear."

Monty Python's Spamalot

 

"Monty Python's Spamalot is a show that makes me smile every time I think of it. I could quote The Holy Grail all day, and watching it as a musical was a pleasure. Such a silliness that I aspire to. 'The Song That Goes Like This'…come on! Silly and amazing!"