Favorite ThingsTHEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Newsies Star Capathia Jenkins Shares Her Theatregoing ExperiencesPlaybill.com'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 singing actress Capathia Jenkins, who recently returned to the role of Medda Larkin, a part she created, in the Tony-winning musical Newsies at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre.
July 23, 2014
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"This show just blew me away. I saw the original Broadway company, and he was everything. Handsome, a scoundrel, smart, cunning, smooth — I was so conflicted because I really cared about him, but why should I? That’s the power he had, what a performance."
"This was the very first Broadway show I saw, and it was like magic. I sat there mesmerized by her. She was bright-eyed and innocent easing on down the Yellow Brick Road, and I was with her every step of the way. It was so exciting — I was dreaming that I would be on Broadway one day. This show changed my life.”
"He was dynamic, his presence on stage is just so big that everyone else disappears. I was afraid of him and intrigued at the same time and what a voice! Years later I got to work with him in
Caroline, or Change and was reminded of his greatness."
"I hung on her every word — she had the audience in the palm of her hand. The night I saw it, there was a sick person in the audience, and she stayed in character the entire time while she asked, 'Is there a doctor in the house?’ and then waited for someone to help the sick person. It was a master class for sure."
"This performance was stunning. From the moment you meet ‘Carole,’ you just fall in love with her and you want her to win. Jessie was always in service to the character; she never got in the way of the truth, she was honest and soulful and in a word: Beautiful."