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

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21 Dec 2012

Marcus Stevens and Jenny Lee Stern in Forbidden Broadway.
Photo by Carol Rosegg

SETH RUDETSKY, Playbill Contributing Writer

Forbidden Broadway is back! My depression has lifted! It's always so fun for me when they parody someone I've never seen anyone else do therefore I must give a big brava to Marcus Stevens' imitation of Matthew Broderick. It is effing hilarious.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood! I've always been a fan of the show and this revival is delish. The show is so well-cast! A special shout out to Gregg Edelman who often has to play serious roles and finally has a role that gets to show people how funny he is.

Patti LuPone at 54 Below. What a show! So many great songs and each one had phenominal high notes. She's still got it!

The Book of Mormon national tour. Jared Gartner was hi-lar as Elder Cunnigham and it was a thrill to see Gavin Creel be so funny while hauling out his dreamy voice.

The revival of Closer Than Ever (I went twice!). I saw a different cast each time and they were fantastic. Plus, the songs Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire wrote are so beautiful/funny/moving/perfect!

Luke Spring who does a show-stopping tap solo during the song "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" in A Christmas Story. I never felt older and/or less talented.

Zachary Unger, the 9-year-old in Chaplin who does a spot-on British accent and hauls out real tears throughout the show. Again, never felt older and/or less talented.

Old Jews Telling Jokes. Literally laughed the whole show...and never felt younger!

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