The Memory of All That: Playbill.com Contributors Choose Unforgettable Experiences of 2011

By Adam Hetrick
30 Dec 2011

Harvey Fierstein in La Cage aux Folles.
photo by Joan Marcus

Joseph Marzullo, Playbill.com Photographer

Seeing Harvey Fierstein in La Cage aux Folles was a true highlight of the year. Harvey's take as Zaza was the personification of an actor/entertainer at the top of his game. It does not get any better that this. We were sitting next to a mother with her young daughter. It was the girl's first show. They had a blast. Imagine having Harvey as Zaza in La Cage as your first Broadway show! How will she top this?

The onstage chemistry of the four leads in Follies is pretty damn sensational. Only a few weeks left to catch this thrilling production



I don’t know what to say about The Normal Heart. This was a production that had to be experienced and felt. Truly memorable.

Bobby Cannavale in The Motherf**ker with the Hat proves once again that he can bring startling realism to any role he is given.

Blake Ross, Playbill Magazine Editor

Joe Mantello in The Normal Heart.
photo by Joan Marcus

When Joe Mantello threw the milk carton on the floor in the second act of the revival of The Normal Heart, he summed up the frustration, sadness and anger over the negligent actions of both the government and the community during the early days of the AIDS crisis — and the desperation of loving someone who you know will have to leave you soon.

Watching Angela Lansbury's expression during a performance of The Book of Mormon.

The collective gasp from the audience during the reveal of Joey the foal into Joey the adult horse in War Horse.

Continued fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by Hugh Jackman (over a million dollars!) and Judith Light. Both amazing members of our community who would (in Jackman's case, literally) give the shirts off their backs for Broadway's most important charity.

Amazing singing by some great new talent, including: Steve Kazee singing "Leave" in Once, Melissa van der Schyff singing “That’s What You Call A Dream” from Bonnie and Clyde, Jessie Mueller stealing On a Clear Day right out from under Harry Connick, Jr. during "Every Night At Seven," Patina Miller raising her voice in "Sister Act," and Lindsay Mendez belting “Bless the Lord” in Godspell.

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