THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Stage and Screen Star Lorna Luft Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
January 1, 2014's 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 stage and screen star Lorna Luft, who has appeared on Broadway in Promises, Promises and in the national tours of Guys and Dolls, They're Playing Our Song and more.

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

Oliver!, Original London Cast


"My mom took us to see this magnificent show when I was eight years old. I fell in love and wanted to be a British singing and dancing orphan!"



West Side Story, Original London Cast


"I wanted to be a Jet, and then I learned the whole score and wanted to be Maria! I was also eight years old.'"


Gypsy,  Original Broadway Cast


"Watching Ethel Merman was an  amazing experience. She was a force of nature. I wanted to be a newsboy or Baby June. I was nine years old."


Saturday Sunday Monday,  Original London Cast


"Laurence Olivier was the most beautiful human being I have ever known."



Funny Girl, Original Broadway Cast Starring Barbra Streisand


 "I watched a star being born." 



And When She Danced, Original London Cast


"Starring Vanessa Redgrave. She was so generous to me and has remained so as a friend."


42nd Street Opening Night, Original Broadway Cast


"So exciting and in an instant so sad to learn that Gower Champion (pictured), the director, had died."


 A Chorus Line, Original Broadway Cast, when A Chorus Line became the longest-running Broadway show in history.


"To see 330 dancers in one theater was an unbelievable evening. I cried my mascara and my lashes off..."

Promises, Promises, Original Broadway Cast.  My Opening Night.


"Sitting in my dressing room, waiting to hear the overture. I was in heaven…..I was in a Broadway show."



Opening Night of Judy at The Palace Theater (1967)


"Standing on stage, holding my mom's hand, and her saying to me, "This is it kid, sing!"