THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: The Big Knife Star Chip Zien Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
May 15, 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 original Into the Woods star Chip Zien, who can currently be seen in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' drama of Hollywood secrets, The Big Knife.



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

 

Ethel Merman in Gypsy

 

"Holy cow - I thought my parents had made a mistake and taken me to a strip show..."

 

 

Mary Martin in The Sound of Music

 

"Stood at the stage door to meet all the blonde kids, but they were all brunettes..."

 

 

Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker

 

"Couldn't believe someone so young was so good, so brave, and the star of a show..."

Mandy Patinkin in Sunday in the Park With George

 

"'And the light...' as glorious as anything ever heard."

 

 

Geoffrey Rush in Exit the King 

 

"Perhaps my favorite funniest/saddest performance of all time." 

 

 

Derek Jacobi in The Suicide 

 

"Sitting on the edge of the stage whispering, 'All I want is the right to whisper!'"

 

Nathan Lane in Waiting for Godot 

 

"...And everything else - a thrill to be around during the Nathan Lane era."

 

John Benjamin Hickey in Mary Stuart

 

"Masterful, a consummate actor's actor."

Len Cariou in Sweeney Todd 

 

"Wonderfully evil - a glistening, big knife of a performance..."

 

 

Bobby Cannavale in The Big Knife
 

 

"A massive, muscular, emotional tour de force."