THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Annie Star Clarke Thorell Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

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18 Dec 2013

Clarke Thorell
Clarke Thorell'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 Clarke Thorell, who portrays Rooster Hannigan in the Broadway revival of Annie at the Palace Theatre.

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

Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich in Death of a Salesman


"I saw this when I was a young kid, at a time when I was trying to figure out how to meaningfully connect with and really talk to my dad. Both of these men, as Willy Loman and Biff, were committed to seeming so sure of themselves yet crippled by their own fears. It was fantastic - artfully compelling and heartbreaking. The first time I'd seen anything like it."



Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin in Evita


"What these two were doing - in terms of the level of passion and whole-hearted engagement, to musically communicate their stories, was so far beyond what I could've imagined. A definite game changer."


Phelim McDermott - 70 Hill Lane (PS 122)


"Holy smokes, what an amazing piece to experience. The first US production for his company, Improbable Theatre (of the UK), McDermott recreated stories of paranormal activities in his grandmother's house when he was 15 years old. With unparalleled artistry and detail he created and dismantled rooms and flying objects and people and ghosts - in an instant - all with masking tape, tissue paper, brilliant story telling and the thoroughly engaged imaginations of the people in the audience."


Tom Edden in One Man, Two Guvnors


"Expertly crafted, honest and masterfully funny."



The Drowsy Chaperone


 "This entire production was so beautifully written, crafted and executed, but it was Danny Burstein as Aldolpho that slaughtered me. I literally had tears pouring down my cheeks I was laughing so hard. Brilliant. I was so impressed and inspired. (I just hope that someday I'll get the chance to create a role so far off his leash!)" 



Julie White in The Little Dog Laughed


"Man, she was good. Effortless and razor sharp and so good."


Peter and the Starcatcher


"I didn't want it to end. So beautifully crafted in every way. For that cast to magically pull off what they did and make it look so easy (and I know it wasn't!) is worth a big ol' Ensemble Tony. I absolutely fell in love with it - Hook, line  and sinker. (huh huh... Hook)."


Martin Short and Ensemble in Fame Becomes Me


"Just genius and ridiculous and making fun of themselves and our business in the best way. I love to laugh."

Mark Rylance in Boeing-Boeing


"Exemplary. Detailed and truthful and articulate and funny. I'm going to LCT archives to watch it again."



Floyd Collins (Playwrights Horizons)


"'I was sitting in the audience, speechless for minutes after the final curtain. I was wrecked. Couldn't speak to my friends in the company  — it resonated like nothing ever had and hit me so powerfully. And, I'm truly beyond grateful to have been able to do the subsequent production of it with that genius creative dream team."