CUE & A REVISITED: What Star of the Past Would You Have Liked to Perform With?; 65 Actors Respond
By Playbill Staff
December 26, 2012
The editors of Playbill.com have combed through the past seven years of our popular Cue & A feature to select some of our favorite answers to the question, "Which Broadway or screen stars of the past would you most have loved to perform with?" Sixty-five responses from Broadway actors follow.
(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor's entry in the Playbill Vault.)
Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart
Michael Jeter. Did you see his featured performance on the Tony’s broadcast highlighting Grand Hotel? I just about died from admiration.
Zero Mostel or Lea Michele
Chester Gregory III
Sammy Davis Jr.
Jason Robards, Lee J. Cobb, Gena Rowlands
Oh man... Madeline Kahn for sure. Jessica Tandy... Jerry Orbach...
I think it would have been awesome to have been a guest on one of the variety shows where Carol Burnett or Judy Garland sat down and sang on stools.
Why isn't that done these days? There were always awesome women singing on TV on stools in cute matching outfits. Why isn't that happening anymore??!!!
Laurence Olivier, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry
Uta Hagen, Spencer Tracy and about a zillion more people!
Baritone Alfred Drake or Bernadette Peters
Robert Preston, James Cagney, Mae West, Bert Lahr, Fred Astaire, Jimmy Stewart... we're gonna be here all day!
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr. and MJ
Sir Laurence Olivier
Not in this order: Uta Hagen, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner, Judy Garland, Chris Farley, Charlie Chaplin, Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire
Audrey Hepburn, Sidney Poitier and Marlon Brando
Brando, Pacino, Lee J. Cobb, Uta Hagen
Frank Sinatra, Anne Bancroft
Ethel Merman, Katharine Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Gene Kelly
I would have liked to have performed with James Dean, Harvey Korman, Mel Blanc and Paul Scofield.
Danny Kaye, Gene Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, The Marx Brothers, Monty Python.
Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant
John Ritter, Richard Pryor, The Solid Gold Dancers
Spencer Tracy. Always been my favorite actor. Simple. Honest. Didn't talk about it, just did it.
So many stars have been around for awhile and continue to grace the stage with their presence. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to work with one of them. I am so grateful that I was able to work with the legend, Arthur Laurents.
Ethel Merman, Tammy Grimes, Barbara Harris, Robert Preston, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, John Wayne, Spencer Tracy
Duse, Keaton, Brando
Marcello Mastroianni, Cary Grant, Richard Burton, Ann Bancroft, Lucille Ball
There are so many, but the one who just came to mind is Lynn Redgrave. I would love to have a chance to work with her again on stage or on any screen.
She was one of my heroes, as an artist but especially as a person and a MOM.
Charlie Chaplin, Gwen Verdon, Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger, Brando, Olivier
Bea Arthur. So random, I know, but such a talent and a sense of humor. I always had this vision in my mind of us meeting and immediately hitting it off! We would be best friends and play bridge and chess together on my days off.
Actually with that said, I would have loved to perform with all of the Golden Girls INCLUDING Betty White, who I haven’t given up on yet!
George Grizzard, Jimmy Stewart, Paul Newman, Lucille Ball, Marlon Brando
Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Danny Kaye, Paul Newman
Marilyn Monroe. I think she's underrated as an actress, and she was a great comedienne.
Ralph Richardson. Apparently he was a blast.
Marlon Brando, just to observe the legendary charisma at work.
Elizabeth A. Davis
Audrey Hepburn. I mean, come on. She's it for me. Also Michael Chekhov and Danny Kaye.
Peter Sellers, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd
Jackie Gleason, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny
Geraldine Page, Shelley Winters, Patricia O'Neal, Eileen Heckart, Maureen Stapleton
Charlie Chaplin, Betty Davis, Jack Palance, Marlon Brando, John Gielgud
I worked last year with one of my all time icons, Christopher Plummer. We did The Tempest at Stratford, which was subsequently filmed. It was the honour of a lifetime. He's the best of the best... and he cracks me up!
Others I'd love to have had the chance to work with include: Bea Arthur, Judy Garland, Kim Stanley, Wendy Hiller, Peter O'Toole, James Cagney, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Lemmon... for starters.
Jimmy Durante, Eddie Cantor, Gene Kelly, Marjorie Main
How about TV stars? Because it would definitely be Lucille Ball or the entire cast of "The Honeymooners."
Kiley, Preston, Streisand, Cary Grant, Gene Wilder
I would like to have been in "Casablanca" with those incredible people. I would also have liked to play Jane Fonda’s trousers in "On Golden Pond."
Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Gene Kelly
Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart
Barbara Cook, Dick Van Dyke
George C Scott. "God help me, I do love it so."
Peter O'Toole, Spencer Tracy....opposite ends of a spectrum.
I always used to fantasize about being on "The Carol Burnett Show." What an incredible cast.
John C. McGinley
Spencer Tracy, Robert Shaw, Anna Magnani, Rita Hayworth, Richard Farnsworth
Gene Kelly, Marlon Brando, Lena Horne and Gregory Hines
Barbara Stanwyck and Jimmy Stewart
I wouldn't have minded having had a lanky-tall-man tussle with Jimmy Stewart.