THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Now. Here. This. and [title of show] Star Jeff Bowen Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
April 17, 2013

Playbill.com's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of [title of show] creator-star Jeff Bowen, who can be heard on the new Ghostlight Records release of the Vineyard Theatre's production of Now. Here. This.



(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor or show's entry in the Playbill Vault.)

 

Rachel Coloff in Urinetown

 

"She was an inspiration to all ensemble members everywhere with this performance. She had only a few featured moments in the show, but throughout, she was a distinct, fully-realized character with her own fantastic arc and story."

 

 

Randy Graff in City of Angels

 

"This was the second show I saw on Broadway and the first time I saw that it was possible to be a real person with subtlety and nuance on stage in a musical."

 

 

Three-way Tie: Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell and Heidi Blickenstaff in [title of show]  

 

"It's true that I never saw the show on Broadway, but I saw them do it on Broadway many times, and they all have amazing acting chops that make the job of 'playing themselves' seem easy breezy. They're nice people, too."

Linda Lavin in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

 

"That was a real lady up there. She lived on the Upper West Side, and she was married to a doctor that looked like Tony Roberts, and she had a friend named Michele Lee. I don't know what that Upper West Side lady did with Linda Lavin, but she was nowhere to be found."

 

 

Emily Skinner in Side Show

 

"Alice [Ripley] was fierce, too, but Emily changed gears of vulnerability and determination and joy and pain at such a fluid and honest pace, I was blown away. She made both tiny phrases and gigantic notes seem so intimate and personal, and her optimism was both devastating and thoroughly inspiring."

 

 

Martin Short in Little Me
 

 

"That role has got to be one of the hardest roles in the world to pull off, but my hero Martin Short made it look like the easiest task in the world. I could've watched him for ten more hours."

 

Laura Benanti in Gypsy  

 

"I've seen her in about ten shows, and she's terrific in all of them. And, I've seen Gypsy about ten times, and it's always about the Mama Roses, but Laura's immaculate, heart-breaking and quietly terrifying performance as the title character made me truly understand why the musical is called Gypsy."

 

The entire company of The Drowsy Chaperone

 

"There were so many surprises from every single cast member. No matter how close any of them got to being over-the-top, they managed to hang right on the edge of reality and ridiculousness. And, then, to be so moved by them all was the best surprise."

Michael Berresse in Kiss Me, Kate

 

"Some might say I'm biased, but for real, this was a fantastic, show-stopping performance inside an already brilliant production with amazing performances coming at you from every direction. I was transported to a time and a place and a character that was so complete and true. It's a tall order for your partner to be so good in something that you forget that it’s him on stage."

 

 

Lily Tomlin in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
 

 

"A performance that opened my brain to the idea that you can mix fiction with autobiography and then get up and perform it yourself and it still be a theatrical play."