PLAYBILL PICKS: The Memory of All That! Playbill Contributors Choose Unforgettable Experiences of 2012

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21 Dec 2012

Rob McClure in Chaplin.
Photo by Joan Marcus

HARRY HAUN, Playbill Staff Writer

The rat-a-tat-tat Broadway arrival of Luke Spring in 30 jaw-dropping seconds of frenzied tap-dance in Broadway's A Christmas Story, The Musical — a nine-year-old star is born.

Laila Robins' anguished death-cries, on stage and off, literally screaming some overdue distinction into Edward Albee's The Lady From Dubuque, Off-Broadway.

A fragile 84-year-old Albee taking an opening-night bow for his 50-year-old Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, on Broadway.

Norbert Leo Butz's cuddlesome pedophile in Off-Broadway's How I Learned to Drive.

The gloves-off acting style by all hands in Broadways' Golden Boy, just the way they used to do it.

Rob McClure's endless bag of tricks as Chaplin on Broadway.

The Off-Broadway debuts (Dogfight), then Broadway debuts (A Christmas Story), of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, two old-school twentysomething tunesmiths with futures.

Christian Borle's very last "Omigod" aria in Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher.

The return of reason to the Broadway community: Forbidden Broadway, knowing and nasty as ever.

Costumer William Ivey Long's giddy get-ups for Broadway's Don't Dress for Dinner.

Pratfall of the Year: Tom Edden, 33 playing 87, sailing with helpless, uncertain abandon over the railing in One Man, Two Guvnors.

Merritt Wever's Sonya heading off the suicide plans of Reed Birney's Uncle Vanya at Soho Rep, downtown.

Cate Blanchett's constantly nuanced Yelena in the uptown Uncle Vanya.

Ryan Steele executing the choreographic surprises of Christopher Gattelli in Broadway's Newsies.


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