THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Cabaret Star Andrea Marcovicci Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
26 Sep 2012



Richard Burton in Hamlet.


"Burton's modern-day Hamlet was brilliant. It was a hot summer night at the Lunt-Fontanne, and he was plagued by a rather large, pesky fly. When he got to the famous 'alas poor Yoric' speech, without even glancing at the fly, he said, 'I KNEW HIM, Horatio,' and caught that fly with his fist. The audience erupted in wild applause. And, the moment is indelible. It startled me so. That he could catch a fly in the middle of a Shakespearean monologue, and not only maintain his concentration, but use the gesture to his advantage. He taught me, there and then, to always stay in the moment."