THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Disaster! Star Jennifer Simard Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

Playbill.com'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 singing actress Jennifer Simard, who currently stars in the new musical Disaster! A 1970’s Disaster Movie…Musical at the St. Luke's Theatre.

Jennifer Simard
Jennifer Simard

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

Michael Jeter Performing "We'll Take a Glass Together" in Grand Hotel  

"I'm still not sure how he made it look so effortless but the joy & magic of live theater is palpable in that performance."

 

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Dame Maggie Smith in Lettice and Lovage

 

"One of her finest comedic performances. I love Maggie Smith, the British and theater. Sorry, 'theatre.'"

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 Margaret Tyzack, also from Lettice and Lovage

 

"Great chemistry with Maggie Smith. Yin and yang. Such a lesson in passing the ball and teamwork. These ladies inspired me so."

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Lauren Klein as Gert in Lost in Yonkers

 

"The aunt with the breathing affliction, where she keeps talking every time she breathes in. In lesser hands, this gag could have gotten old. Nope. Funny. Everytime."

 

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Denis O'Hare as Charles Guiteau in Assassins

 

 "His cakewalk to the gallows and embodiment of madness in his performance is the stuff I crave. What a fine, fine actor." 

 

 

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 My ensemble entry: Andre Ward as the Centaur in Xanadu

 

"The longest sustained laugh I have ever had in a Broadway house with his delivery of Douglas Carter Beane's line, "Bitch, I don't know your life" followed by his Centaur tip tip tip stomp-walk offstage right."

 

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Madeleine Kahn in Sisters Rosensweig

 

"Sad for me to write this. She was one of my idols. How I wish she were still with us."

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  Rosalind Elias in Follies

 

"Her performance of "One More Kiss" gave me goosebumps."

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Judith Light in Other Desert Cities

 

"I've honestly loved her in every performance since Karen on 'One Life To Live.' She's the real deal in my book and can do no wrong."

 

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Brian d'Arcy James in Shrek

 

"This is kind of a cheat entry since I had the pleasure of performing with him rather than just watch from the front, but I had to include him. Not only was it one of the hardest roles (makeup alone) to endure but Brian was a walking lesson on how to behave and carry oneself at all times. A true leader."