THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Stage and Screen Star Malcolm Gets Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

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26 Jun 2013

Malcolm Gets
Malcolm Gets

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 stage and screen star Malcolm Gets, who will head the cast of the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Julian Po, which runs July 8-14 at The Signature Center; visit www.Julianpo.com.

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

 

A Chorus Line

 

"I saw it with my dad, about two years into the original run. Rene Clemente was Paul at the time. Everyone who worked on that show was amazing, but Michael Bennett was a genius."

 

 

Sweeney Todd 

 

"Also saw this with my dad, twice during previews (the original with Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou). The first time we saw it, I didn't realize the Beggar Woman was Sweeney's wife until the moment he realizes he's killed her. I think I said 'Oh no' out loud with Sweeney."

 

 

 Sunday in the Park with George
 

 

"The original production was one of the most moving and mysterious evenings I've ever had in a theatre. Thanks to the DVD and the CD, it is a show I go back to periodically. The older I get, the more it speaks to me."

The Road to Mecca

 

"I saw the great Yvonne Bryceland and Kathy Bates (tremendous on stage) in their last performance. Seeing Bryceland was my version of seeing Laurette Taylor — she had a very ethereal, mystical quality. She died shortly after."

 

 

Annie 

 

"Yes, that one. I saw it, the very original cast, in 1977. It is hard to explain why Dorothy Loudon was so amazing onstage. Hilarious, wild, free...and a crazy, emotional voice. I wish there was more film of her. Thank goodness for YouTube." 

 

 

As You Like It

 

"The Cheek By Jowl production at BAM. Hilarious, subtle... When Adrian Lester (as Rosalind) said, 'If I were a woman...,' I thought, 'Oh yes, that's what Shakespeare meant.'"

 

Angels in America: Perestroika

 

"I went to a dress rehearsal of the original (perfect) production. When it was over, no one left the theatre. People were talking with each other, comforting one another. I read that's what happened after the original Death of a Salesman."

 

The Light in the Piazza

 

"'If you find in the world, in the wide, wide world that someone sees... that someone knows you — Love, love, love if you can oh my Clara, love if you can and be loved.' That is great writing."

Joanna Gleason in Into the Woods

 

"How did she make it look so easy, so effortless and elegant? And yet she was so funny and moving. I know she worked really hard, but boy, she made it look effortless."

 

 

 Kevin Kline
 

 

"...in everything he's done — I saw him in On the Twentieth Century (who is he?!), Pirates of Penzance, tons of Shakespeare... Who doesn't love him? Come back, Kevin!"