Playbill Poll: What Musical Theatre Icon Would You Like to See in a Broadway Solo Show? Readers Respond

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13 Oct 2013

Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
Ethan Hill

Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera, who starred in her solo show The Dancer's Life on Broadway, was recently honored with A Legendary Celebration at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre. We wondered: What other musical theatre icons would you like to see perform a solo show on Broadway?

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Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter asking them to share their favorite musical theatre icons, why they should have a solo show on Broadway and what musical numbers would be featured.

Here are some reader responses followed by background on each performer.

Nathan Hinds: Patti LuPone... She's the definitive diva of Broadway. I know she did a duo with Mandy Patinkin, but her solo show "The Gypsy in My Soul" is like watching the history of Broadway unfold before your eyes.
James Foster: Patti LuPone's show in London with Seth Rudetsky was one of my theatrical highlights this year. Pure class!
John Verderber: As much as I loved the Patti/Mandy show, Patti LuPone HERSELF, unscripted with just a pianist, piano and songs and stories from her career with her fabulously funny and real take on "the biz"…

Patti LuPone is a two-time Tony Award winner for her performances in Evita and Gypsy. She was also Tony-nominated for The Robber Bridegroom, Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Her Broadway credits also include The Anarchist, An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Noises Off, Matters of the Heart, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Oliver! and Working, among others.

Bernadette Peters
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Cary Patrick Martin: Bernadette Peters. "Not a Day Goes By" "Rose's Turn" "Move On" .....
Chazmond J. Peacock: Bernadette Peters!!!
R. Scott Reedy: Bernadette Peters - with numbers from "Into the Woods," "Sunday in the Park with George," 'ALW's Song and Dance," "Annie Get Your Gun," "The Goodbye Girl," "Gypsy," "A Little Night Music," and "Follies." Bernadette not only has an extraordinarily beautiful voice, she is also a very talented actress. Bernadette is great in everything she does, but never better than when she is on Broadway.
Alec Carroll: Bernadette Peters! I'd love to hear her do a miscast type concert, along with her standards!
@landwarsinasia: Bernadette Peters.

Bernadette Peters is a Tony Award winner for her performances in Song and Dance and Annie Get Your Gun as well as the recipient of the 2012 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award. She has been Tony-nominated for her performances in On the Town, Mack & Mabel, Sunday in the Park With George, The Goodbye Girl and Gypsy. Her other Broadway credits include Follies, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, La Strada and George M!, among others.

Angela Lansbury
Karan Johnson: Angela Lansbury
Robin Richard: Angela Lansbury or Karen Morrow
Marc Escuro: Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury is a five-time Tony Award winner for her performances in Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and Blithe Spirit. She was also Tony-nominated for Deuce and A Little Night Music. Her Broadway credits also include The Best Man, A Little Family Business, The King and I, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute and Anyone Can Whistle, among others.

Carol Channing
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@JasonMangano1: Carol Channing!!!! Imagine the Hello Dolly stories

Carol Channing is a Tony Award winner for her performance in Hello, Dolly! and is also the recipient of a 1968 Special Tony Award and the 1995 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has also been Tony-nominated for The Vamp, Show Girl and Lorelei. Her other Broadway credits include Four on a Garden, Wonderful Town, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Lend an Ear, among others.

Kristin Chenoweth
@_IrisTinkerbell: @KChenoweth toured with her solo show last year & she could certainly do it on Broadway. Her shows are eclectic, fun & touching
@joanield: Kristin Chenoweth. With all her many talents and her effervescent personality, she can keep an audience entertained for hours!

Kristin Chenoweth is a Tony Award winner for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She was Tony-nominated for her performance in Wicked and has also been seen on Broadway in Steel Pier, Epic Proportions, The Apple Tree and Promises, Promises.

Lea Salonga
Diana Puertas: Lea Salonga. She's my biggest musical theatre role model. I was 11 years old when I first heard her sing "A Whole New World" when she was Jasmine's singing voice. I would love to hear everything she's ever done live. Everything from Les Misérables all the way down to her Disney appearances.

Lea Salonga is a Tony Award winner for her performance in Miss Saigon. She has also been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables and Flower Drum Song. She voiced the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney's "Aladdin," in which she sings "A Whole New World."

Neil Patrick Harris
Christae Evanson: Neil Patrick Harris. I'm so glad he's doing 'Hedwig'!!! He could sell a house out every night.

Stage and screen actor Neil Patrick Harris, who stars on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," has been seen on Broadway in Cabaret, Proof and Assassins. The actor, who will return to Broadway in 2014 starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, has hosted the Tony Awards — Broadway's biggest night of the year — four times. Only Angela Lansbury, who hosted five ceremonies, has hosted more times. He received three Emmy Awards for hosting the ceremony.

Terrence Mann
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Jen Lau: Terrence Mann - I'm sure he'd tell brilliant stories about his experiences in Barnum to Les Miserables, from Cats to The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Terrence Mann is a three-time Tony Award nominee for his performances in Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast and last season's Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin. He has also been seen on Broadway in Barnum, Cats, Rags, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Getting Away with Murder, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Rocky Horror Show, Lennon and The Addams Family.

Seth Rudetsky
@Wilshawl: I could totally listen to Seth Rudetsky on his piano for hours just playing and singing every show tune that comes to mind.

Sirius XM Broadway host, actor, musician and Playbill.com columnist Seth Rudetsky made his Broadway debut as Sheldon Farenthold in The Ritz. He is the afternoon Broadway host on Sirius/XM radio and a weekly columnist for Playbill.com. As a musician, he has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera and was the on-camera vocal coach on MTV's "Legally Blonde: Search for Elle Woods." Rudetsky was also the artistic producer/music director for the first five annual Actors Fund fall concerts including Dreamgirls with Audra McDonald and Hair with Jennifer Hudson.

Nathan Lane
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@mikeferguson16: Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane is a two-time Tony Award winner for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers. He was Tony-nominated for his performances in Guys and Dolls and The Nance. His Broadway credits also include Present Laughter, Merlin, Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Play What I Wrote, The Frogs, The Odd Couple, Butley, November, Waiting for Godot and The Addams Family.