THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Mamma Mia! Star Alan Campbell Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Mamma Mia! Star Alan Campbell 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 stage and screen star Alan Campbell, who is currently playing Sam Carmichael in the long-running, international hit musical Mamma Mia! at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Norbert Leo Butz in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

I never knew what he would do next. Surprising and crazily committed. 

Sherie Rene Scott in Everyday Rapture

A beautifully written (Dick Scanlan) and performed, personal journey by an uber talent. 

Cherry Jones in The Heiress

Beautifully understated and vulnerable. I can still see her effortless descent of the stairs in that giant hoop dress. 

Danny Burstein in Drowsy Chaperone

Just a brilliant comic performance. Physical and hilarious. He killed every time he set foot on the stage! 

In The Heights

Fresh, funny and the best opening number in memory: I was introduced to every character I would spend the next two glorious hours with, in the first 7 minutes. Brilliant! 

Rachel Bay Jones in Pippin

So much heart. Quirkily comedic, beautifully sung and very sexy. 

Zoe Caldwell in Master Class

So incredibly focused and imperious. She scared, delighted and commanded everyone watching. 

The original cast of Les Miserables

Musically lush and emotionally epic. 

Bill Irwin and David Shiner in Fool Moon

A mind boggling, hilarious display of the high art of clowning. Crazy physicality and ingeniously creative. 


I was involved, as a producer for Theatre Raleigh in North Carolina of this beautiful Jeanine Tesori jewel. We had a beautiful central performance by Lauren Kennedy. Every night I witnessed the audience battling wave after wave of honest emotion. 

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