THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Award Winner Faith Prince Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

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29 May 2013

Faith Prince
Faith Prince

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 Tony-winning stage and screen star Faith Prince, who will bring her latest concert act to the new Manhattan nightspot 54 Below, June 3-8; click here for more information.

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

 

Dorothy Loudon in Ballroom in 1978

 

"Seeing Dorothy Loudon in the first Broadway show I ever saw defined the wow factor for me. As she stepped on the stage, she garnered entrance applause. (Note to self), 'I loved that.' Between Michael Bennett's staging and choreography, and Loudon's second act solo 'Fifty Percent,' I was convinced that New York and Broadway was where I wanted to be."

 

 

The final performance of the original Sweeney Todd in 1980

 

"I was acutely aware of the fact that the cast as well as the audience felt a heightened awareness of the emotion that comes with the end of a long run."

 

 

Swoosie Kurtz in Fifth of July in 1980
 

 

"She embodied this deadpan, quirky humor that was rooted in a pool of darkness. I was drawn to her humor and pathos."

Kevin Kline in The Pirates of Penzance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in 1980

 

"The petite toy boat then became the majestic huge ship, and on that ship was one of the most charismatic, dashing, handsome, and most talented actors I've ever had the privilege to observe."

 

 

Crimes of the Heart in 1981 

 

"I was laughing louder than anyone in the audience. My southern roots were being revealed and displayed in front of me. Soon the laughter turned to tears. It was as if Beth Henley wrote this piece just for me." 

 

 

Falsettos in 1992

 

"I was so thrilled that William Finn and this unique, but universal story was on Broadway!
I had been blessed to be a part of Falsettoland, but to see the whole greater than the sum of its parts was perfection!"

 

Tyne Daly in Gypsy in 1989

 

"For me the quintessential Rose. Her Rose came from Love with all the best intentions. As Jerome Robbins shared with me, Rose was not an angry woman, she was relentless in her pursuit of what she felt was best and necessary for her girls in a time of economic turmoil. She was a single mother."

 

Nathan Lane in Love! Valour! Compassion! in 1995

 

"It's so special to go to a show and observe an actor that you have intimately shared the stage with and still discover more vulnerability inside of them!"

Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins and Saturn Returns in 1998

 

"These shows were the most profound musical theatre I had ever seen! They both transported me to a higher spiritual realm. While being the synthesis of a collective array of musical styles and textual content , they were completely original!
I had the great pleasure of working with Tina on Bells Are Ringing! It was one of the most joyful, positive and supportive collaborative experiences to date in my career!
Sheer genius!"

 

 

Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2001
 

 

"I had never seen a one-woman act with such authenticity and vulnerability masked in a sea of brassiness. Even sharing a dressing room with her at Carnegie Hall couldn't have prepared me for the depth of her story."


Kristine Nielsen in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in 2013

 

"She was truly a master of Christopher Durangism, skillfully using the absurdity to illuminate our human shortcomings. She walked that tightrope effortlessly!"