THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Broadway and Extreme Happiness Star Francis Jue Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Broadway and Extreme Happiness Star Francis Jue 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 Broadway singing actor Francis Jue, who is currently starring in the Goodman Theatre's world premiere of The World of Extreme Happiness, a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club, where performances will begin in February 2015.

Francis Jue
Francis Jue Photo by Aubrey Reuben

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

Tyne Daly in Gypsy
"I’ll never forget her dropping to her knees in 'Rose’s Turn,' grasping at the air for all her life’s ambitions and loves – it’s a gesture and a passion I have shamelessly stolen."


Ian McKellen in Amadeus
"He made bravura so economical – just his sitting in that wheelchair onstage while the audience filed in made a believer out of me."

Joanna Gleason in Into the Woods
"Comedic brilliance combined with transparent heart. I have been trying to emulate her my entire career."

BD Wong in M. Butterfly
"My people, my people! I continue to be in awe of BD’s virtuosic performance as Butterfly, which helps me dare to be better."

Stephen Spinella in Angels in America
"His emotional abandon and reckless honesty made indelible memories for me, articulating feelings and experiences for which I had no words until I saw his performance."

Nathan Lane in Love! Valour! Compassion!
"Can one man be a genius at both comedy and drama? Nathan Lane is proof positive."

Cherry Jones in The Heiress
"I’ll never forget how much she gave everyone else on stage, how often she had her back to the audience, and still I felt everything for her. Generous actors rock!"

Richard Griffiths in The History Boys
"If he did nothing else in his life but this play, I would still bow at his feet."

Bernadette Peters in Sunday in the Park With George
"She moved so easily between dizzy and dignified, adoring and detached, intimate and philosophical."

Ann Harada in Avenue Q
"There are performances I don’t dare emulate, because they are so brilliantly idiosyncratic. Ann makes brilliance look so easy."
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