re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play

theonlyone
Understudy
joined:10/4/05
Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 6/4/06 at 09:48pm
Which one are your favorites?
FosseBoi
Broadway Legend
joined:5/30/04
Quite a few of the monologues in both parts of "Angels in America".
"I've always secretly longed for an actress to get to the top of the cherry picker and projectile vomit all over the guards below."- Wonderwaiter in the "Defy Gravity?" thread. ~~~~~~~~My dream? Sutton Foster as Cassie in A Chorus Line
OnMyWay
Leading Actor
joined:6/3/06
Frances' in the second act of History Boys.
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Lavieboheme3090
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/04
The stories in The Pillow Man
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
Check out Brian Friel
Molly Sweeney has great stuff
Katurian2
Broadway Legend
joined:9/18/05
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/30/06 at 08:01pm
The overdone, but nonetheless astoundingly impactful "theatre endings" speech that Buzz gives in "Love! Valour! Compassion!"


and basically every time that one occurs in Angels in America. Tony Kushner is a god.
"Are you sorry for civilization? I am sorry for it too." ~Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck
queendork
Understudy
joined:6/28/06
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/30/06 at 08:16pm
A thread about straight plays?! I can hardly believe it.

I love the Pato Dooley letter recitation monologue in The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

Edited to fix a typo.
Updated On: 7/30/06 at 08:16 PM
RentBoy86
Broadway Legend
joined:2/15/05
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/30/06 at 11:13pm
Not Broadawy, but Off-Broadway, I love Helen's speech at the end of Scene 1 in "Fat Pig" as well as Tom's final speech.
gustof777
Broadway Legend
joined:6/8/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 12:29am
^ I love that one too! I loved that play soo much. I gotta go with Billy Crudup's stories in The Pillowman. Just amazing and had me on the edge all night.
RIP Natasha Richardson. ~You were a light on this earth ~
The Distinctive Baritone
Broadway Legend
joined:8/28/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 12:31am
Steppenwolf is doing "Pillowman" this season. It sounds way cool. I'm sorry I missed the Broadway production.
RentBoy86
Broadway Legend
joined:2/15/05
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 12:33am
I really can't get into the play. I find the text rather boring. Perhaps if I knew more about the show while reading it? I just picked up "some girl(s)" - can't wait to read it.
gustof777
Broadway Legend
joined:6/8/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 12:40am
I loved Some Girl(s)...let me know what you think. I sorta have recently fallen in love with LaBute because of The Shape of Things and This is How it Goes.
RIP Natasha Richardson. ~You were a light on this earth ~
singinswinga
Stand-by
joined:1/17/05
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 01:21am
Samuel Byck in Assassins has some great ones. Or, at least one great one.
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JudasIscariot
Broadway Legend
joined:2/20/05
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 02:47am
I like the monologue where Johnny finds out that Michael is dying in Tick...Tick...BOOM!
muscle23ftl
Broadway Legend
joined:12/19/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 02:48am
The priest's prayers in Doubt. Brilliant.
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Mamie
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 04:45am
Also off B'way - "A Chip in the Sugar" from TALKING HEADS. Actually, all the monologues in TH's were good - but this one was my favorite.
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jasonf
Broadway Legend
joined:12/26/03
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 09:43am
I don't know if it counts as a monlogue or not, but John's counting the ten commandments in The Crucible is awesome. (Maybe because of the line following the monologue, but still)
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Mike3
Featured Actor
joined:7/15/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 11:33am
Mason in Act One of TAKE ME OUT.

"And I think what's best about us is manifested in our desire to show respect for one another. For what we can be."

Denis O'Hare was excellent.
Katurian2
Broadway Legend
joined:9/18/05
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 12:53pm
Wow- I totally forgot about the stories in The Pillowman. I <3 that show! A theatre in Denver, CO is also putting it on this season- I'm draggin all my friends to it.
"Are you sorry for civilization? I am sorry for it too." ~Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck
gustof777
Broadway Legend
joined:6/8/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 12:55pm
isn't it great how many productions there will be this year? Steppenwolf, the Wilma in Philly, yours in Denver. Such a powerful show!
RIP Natasha Richardson. ~You were a light on this earth ~
Katurian2
Broadway Legend
joined:9/18/05
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 01:00pm
Yes! It's so great that this show is becoming more widespread, despite what some may call "questionable content". The writing in it is beautiful and worthy of attention.
"Are you sorry for civilization? I am sorry for it too." ~Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck
Dirty Rotten Scoundrel
Broadway Legend
joined:5/26/05
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 01:03pm
Well, I haven't seen many plays. But the one that has affected me the most was Grace's in "Faith Healer."
pab
Broadway Legend
joined:6/17/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 01:18pm
There are SO MANY but here are the first three that came to mind:

Alton Scales' 'White Man's Leavings' monologue from "The Sign in Sidney Bruistein's Window"

Tom's often done 'Opium dens' monologue from "The Glass Menagerie"

Hissom's long monologue from Yasmina Reza's "Art"
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Mythus
Broadway Legend
joined:8/16/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 01:33pm
Any of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's from R&G Are Dead.
MargoChanning
Broadway Legend
joined:4/5/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 02:38pm
The monologue that had the most devastating impact on an audience that I've ever seen is the 10 minute "There was no air"/Beau Willie monologue done by the Lady in Red from FOR COLORED GIRLS.... The entire audience was weeping by the end and there was even audible sobbing -- from women AND men.
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iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
re: Best Monologues in a Broadway Play
Posted: 7/31/06 at 02:58pm
Charlie's monologue (about going underwater and playing with the fishes in the nude) in the first few moments of Albee's SEASCAPE. Grizzard performed this beautifully in the recent revival. It made me wish I was over the age of 50 so that I could have the opportunity to perform this gorgeous text myself.
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