THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Winner Hal Linden Shares His 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 Tony winner Hal Linden, who will play Manhattan's Café Carlyle May 20-24. The evenings will feature a seven-piece band, and Linden will offer Big Band favorites, jazz numbers and a selection of Broadway hits and film tunes; click here for reservations.

Hal Linden
Hal Linden

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

Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady

"Earthshaking! You don't have to sing like John Raitt to be a Broadway leading man!"

 

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Judy Holliday in Bells Are Ringing

 

"This one is personal. I've never worked with a more generous actor, (For the next list, Barbara Harris in Apple Tree — the second coming of Judy)."

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James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope

 

"He swung around, and a bead of sweat flew off and hit me in the third row. Talk about live theatre!"

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Laurence Olivier in The Entertainer

 

"I didn't really like the show, but couldn't take my eyes off of him.”

 

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Zero Mostel in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum

 

"I never saw anyone play a frieze - I swear I could see it. Add in Davy Burns and Jack Gilford, two personal icons."

 

 

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Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd

"It may have been sung better, but it will never be acted better!”

 

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Zoe Caldwell in Master Class

 

“She was supposed to be mesmerizing…and she was!”

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Jack Cassidy in She Loves Me

 

"How to dominate a stage; he really should have been more famous!"

 

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Robert Preston in The Music Man

 

"He proved you can be real and outrageous at the same time."

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  James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors

 

"This was more performance than theatre, but I have never laughed so hard in a Broadway theater."