"I'll never forget the surge of excitement I felt as
Alfred Molina and
Jonathan Groff (I saw the production in L.A.) began to prime the canvas. As the music swelled, I was hit by the beauty of what was happening before me, the past and the present coming together to create art. A brilliant moment in theatre history."
"How can you love theatre and not be in awe of this moment? Pure theatricality at its best. I first saw
Phantom when I was a little kid, and it definitely was the show that gave me 'the bug.' I tried to recreate my own version in my garage, but let me tell you, a kite isn't as effective as a chandelier."
"I saw this play in San Francisco when I was 16. I remember it being the first play that I really connected with. And the set was incredible! There were these huge construction beams that jetted out into the theatre, and the show started with two guys sitting on one, high above the audience."
"It's hard to put into words how I feel about Rachel's performance. All I can say is that she has inspired me deeply. She has the ability to connect humor with the emotional pain in Catherine, and the result is something so beautifully moving. I often find myself watching her from the wings, completely in awe. . ."
"The night I saw the Classic Stage Company's production of the Chekhov masterpiece, Maggie Gyllenhaal was sick and losing her voice. However, she went on and totally used it to great success. I felt like I saw a very special version of what was already a stellar piece of theatre. A deep, raspy voice just seemed to work for her Masha."
"This was the first Sondheim show I had seen on Broadway, and I still can see the silhouettes of the company re-creating Georges Seurat's famous painting. It was such a satisfying moment when it all came together and you saw the painting come to life."
"Talk about a career-defining moment. I could tell when I saw
On a Clear Day... that Jessie would be a star. Her voice was like butter with some jazzy brass thrown in. Her performance was fearless and riveting."