THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Newsies Star Capathia Jenkins 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 Capathia Jenkins, who recently returned to the role of Medda Larkin, a part she created, in the Tony-winning musical Newsies at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre.

Capathia Jenkins
Capathia Jenkins (Photo by Monica Simoes)

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

Patti LuPone in Sunset Boulevard (London)

"I sat riveted for the entire performance and then for the final scene I don’t think I was breathing - she took my breath away."

 

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Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

 

"Probably for the first 10 minutes I thought, 'What is that voice? And where’s Audra?' Astounding! It was an absolute joy and privilege to watch her portray one of my heroes."

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Aaron Tveit in Catch Me If You Can

 

He has such star quality, poised and thrilling to watch. The sound of his voice is just glorious."

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Victoria Clark  in The Light in the Piazza

 

"She was so elegant — the subtleties of her performance just kept me deep inside the story. My tears flowed so easily that night at the theatre."

 

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Ben Harney in Dreamgirls 

 

"This show just blew me away. I saw the original Broadway company, and he was everything. Handsome, a scoundrel, smart, cunning, smooth  — I was so conflicted because I really cared about him, but why should I? That’s the power he had, what a performance."

 

 

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  Stephanie Mills in The Wiz

"This was the very first Broadway show I saw, and it was like magic. I sat there mesmerized by her. She was bright-eyed and innocent easing on down the Yellow Brick Road, and I was with her every step of the way. It was so exciting — I was dreaming that I would be on Broadway one day. This show changed my life.”

 

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Chuck Cooper in The Life 

 

"He was dynamic, his presence on stage is just so big that everyone else disappears. I was afraid of him and intrigued at the same time and what a voice! Years later I got to work with him in Caroline, or Change and was reminded of his greatness."

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  Dixie Carter in  Master Class

 

"I hung on her every word — she had the audience in the palm of her hand. The night I saw it, there was a sick person in the audience, and she stayed in character the entire time while she asked, 'Is there a doctor in the house?’ and then waited for someone to help the sick person. It was a master class for sure."

 

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Phylicia Rashad in Gem of the Ocean

 

"To see her do this role was something I will never forget. She completely disappeared into the character and took the audience on a journey complete with extraordinary storytelling. She was stellar!"

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Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

 

"This performance was stunning. From the moment you meet ‘Carole,’ you just fall in love with her and you want her to win. Jessie was always in service to the character; she never got in the way of the truth, she was honest and soulful and in a word:  Beautiful."