Their Favorite Things: Big Fish and John & Jen Composer Andrew Lippa Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Big Fish and John & Jen Composer Andrew Lippa Shares His Theatregoing Experiences'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-nominated The Addams Family composer Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, Off-Broadway's The Wild Party), who is currently represented Off-Broadway with the Keen Company revival of the two-person musical John & Jen.

Andrew Lippa
Andrew Lippa

Mercedes Ruehl in Lost in Yonkers

She was perfect. 

Linda Lavin in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

She had been across the hall at MTC when we were doing The Wild Party, and I'd sneak into the back of the theatre just to watch her. 

Patti LuPone in Anything Goes

That production, directed by the great Jerry Zaks, was formative and Patti was luminous.

Bryan Cranston in All the Way

Remarkable acting.

Antony Sher in Stanley

I played keyboards for this production and got to watch him every day.  A master class.

Kristin Chenoweth in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Is this allowed? I know I worked on that show, but watching her turn into a star was one of the most exciting things I've ever seen.  Every night!

Christine Ebersole in Grey Gardens

"Revolutionary Costume" made my head blow off!

Hugh Jackman in The Boy from Oz

I was lucky enough to have seen the workshop of this show. Hugh was in it, and I came home after and said, "I've just seen Gene Kelly!"  It was one of the most incredible performances I'd ever seen in a musical.

Sophie Okonedo in A Raisin in the Sun

She broke my heart.

Nathan Lane in Love! Valour! Compassion!

Who else can make you laugh and cry at the same time?

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