CUE & A REVISITED: If You Could Go Back in Time and Catch Any Broadway Show, What Would It Be?; 70 Actors Respond

By Playbill Staff
06 Sep 2012

John Gallagher, Jr.
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

John Gallagher Jr.
The original cast of Rent; I played that record until it wouldn't play anymore when I was 14. I'm excited about Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal returning to their roles because it'll give me a slight taste of what the original experience of that show must have been, if I should be lucky enough to catch them while they're in it. I also would give anything to have been in the audience at the opening night of West Side Story.

Elizabeth Stanley
To see anything in Broadway’s true Golden Era would be really thrilling… But, I must say I am a big Julie Andrews fan and I would love to have seen her in My Fair Lady (ironically on Broadway in 1956, when the actual Million Dollar Quartet was meeting up at Sun Studios!).

Bruce Dow
I can't pick just one. I am a total theatre history geek. Plays: The Glass Menagerie with Laurette Taylor; The Rose Tattoo with Maureen Stapleton; David Belasco's original drama of Madame Butterfly, which inspired the Puccini opera.

Musicals: Kurt Weill and Elmer Rice's Street Scene. It's my favourite score. A mad blending of opera, Broadway and jazz.

Michael Cumpsty
I would love to have seen Olivier at his peak. Any of his celebrated productions, really. On Broadway, similarly, I'd have loved to have seen Barrymore live.