THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Evita Star Max Von Essen Shares His Theatregoing Experiences | Playbill

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Favorite Things THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Evita Star Max Von Essen Shares His Theatregoing Experiences'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 singing actor Max von Essen, who is currently playing nightclub singer Magaldi in the Broadway revival of Evita.

Read more about Max von Essen in the Playbill Vault.

Max von Essen in Evita
Max von Essen in Evita Photo by Richard Termine



"This was the first Broadway show I EVER saw, so you can imagine what an impact the entire cast and piece had on me. I was hooked!"

Learn more about Dreamgirls at the Playbill Vault



Tyne Daly in Gypsy.


"Saw this as a teenager, and it was the first show I ever returned to see again, probably about four more times. I was on the edge of my seat watching her acting performance." 

Click here to visit Tyne Daly's page at the Playbill Vault.


Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie

"I had the great fortune of seeing the final dress rehearsal (the gypsy run), and it was the first time in my lifetime that I felt like I witnessed a star being born. Thrilling."

Click here to visit Sutton Foster's page at the Playbill Vault.

The Light in the Piazza.

"I was swept away seeing this at Lincoln Center. Absolutely one of the most breathtaking scores of the last decade."

Learn more about The Light in the Piazza at the Playbill Vault.



Mark Rylance in Jerusalem.


"As an actor, he is an inspiration. He jumps off the cliff so fiercely in every role he tackles, literally every inch of his body is involved."  

Click here to visit Mark Rylance's page at the Playbill Vault.



Donna Murphy and Passion.

"I was riveted watching this show when I was younger. So much so, that the day it closed, I called and secured the rights to produce the first production after Broadway, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."

Visit Donna Murphy's page at the Playbill Vault



The original cast of The Producers

"I am a sucker for a good old-fashioned musical, and if you can make me pee my pants at the same time, then you have won me over."

Learn more about The Producers at the Playbill Vault.




The entire ensemble of Journey's End.


"This production was a must see as far as I'm concerned. Absolutely brought you to the front lines to experience the horrors of war, and these actors were fearless."

Learn more about Journey's End at the Playbill Vault.


Steve Kazee in Once.  


"Easily one of the most complex, yet understated and moving performances I've ever seen from an actor of my generation."

Click here to visit Steve Kazee's page at the Playbill Vault.



Michael Cerveris.


"... in literally anything he does. I've been marveling at his talents since I was a teenager and saw him in Tommy. If you could have told the teenage Max that he'd one day be sharing the stage and in a dressing room directly across from Michael, he would have NEVER believed it."

Click here to visit Michael Cerveris' page at the Playbill Vault.

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