THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Winner Tonya Pinkins Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

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22 Aug 2012

Tonya Pinkins
Tonya Pinkins
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Playbill.com's new 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 Tonya Pinkins, who will bring her latest concert act to New York's newest nightspot, 54 Below, Aug. 27 at 9:30 PM. Pinkins offers a mix of favorite performances she has seen throughout her life and those from the past year.

Arthur Laurents' adapted Gyspy with LuPone and Benanti.

 

"Oh, I begged Arthur to let me replace Patti when she left."

Learn more about Patti LuPone at the Playbill Vault.

 

 

One Man, Two Guvnors.

 

"I've seen it twice. Laughed so hard I cried; best physical comedy ever." 

Learn more about One Man, Two Guvnors at the Playbill Vault

 

 

Cristin Milioti

 

"I saw her in a David Admit play and hardly recognized her in Once. A beauty, with acting chops and a stunning voice"

Learn more about Cristin Milioti at the Playbill Vault.

Jose Rivera in Rattlestick's Massacre

"I love scary. He is poetic and profound. The cast and staging were amazing."

 

 

Born Bad at Soho Rep. 

 

"I have never seen African American actors in a piece which allowed them to express the full ferocity of their talent and skills. Leah Gardiner's direction was flawless."  

Learn more about Leah Gardiner at the Playbill Vault

 

 

André De Shields at the Laurie Beechman. 

"They don't make performers like André any more. He sells every second; he gives nothing away for free. He slits open a vein for every number."

Learn more about André De Shields at the Playbill Vault

 

 

Australian Uncle Vanya at the Lincoln Center Festival with Cate Blanchett. 

"My favorite Chekhov. It was funny and moving, the irony, every note was masterful."

Learn more about Cate Blanchett at the Playbill Vault

 

 

As You Like It in Central Park. 

 

"Steve Martin's music, the setting, it was a magical evening."

Learn more about Steve Martin at the Playbill Vault

 

Into the Woods.

 

"An outstanding cast. Donna's take on 'Last Midnight' brings the entire play together as the witch's legacy, as the one who lost the beans and is cursed and then curses all."

Learn more about Donna Murphy at the Playbill Vault.

 

 

Richard III. 

 

"Simplicity, artistry. Actors getting to show off a range of skills. Ron Cephas finally getting his due."

Learn more about Ron Cephas Jones at the Playbill Vault


 

Hand To God. 

 

"This must come back. I need to see it a few more times. So profound, prophetic, witty and stellar performers when the hand puppet tries to kill.... Well, I won't spoil it."


 

The Leviathan Companies Shakespeare weekend. 

 

"This Asian company has an extraordinary command of the Bard."

 

Patti LuPone at 54 Below. 

 

"A master artist and story teller."

Learn more about Patti LuPone at the Playbill Vault