I’m starting with two shows I was in. I remember the night Yvonne missed her cue for “I’m Still Here” and ran down the stairs from her dressing room, holding her shoes and screaming, “I’m coming!”
Robert Preston – Mack &t Mabel
I was a Mack Sennett bathing beauty in this show. Robert Preston’s command of the stage and ability to sing when he had virtually no singing voice was always impressive.
There were so many stand-out performances in this show – Donna McKechnie and Kelly Bishop, for example – but I always loved the way Priscilla performed “Nothing.” A Chorus Line is still my favorite show I wasn’t in.
Elaine Stritch – Company
She delivered a great cocktail of hostility and vulnerability, which, if she were still here, she would no doubt drink. I’ll drink to that!
Has there ever been a better close to a first act than Jennifer Holliday singing “I Am Telling You”?
Best legs in show business. I loved him and Twiggy in this.
Sinead Cusack – Rock ’n’ Roll
Sinead Cusack’s performances in two parts – a mother and daughter — made me weep….unusual for a Tom Stoppard play.
Another British import; great play and a great performance by a man who was taken from us too soon and was so much more than Mr. Dursley in the Harry Potter films.
I loved Wendy Wasserstein’s writing – talk about people being taken too soon – and loved her heroines. Joan Allen’s Heidi – successful, yet riddled with self-doubt – was someone to whom I could relate way too closely.