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Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by tickledPINK 2008-10-07 19:31:03


I saw that there was a board about bad stage door experiences and I read a couple of them and then realized I'd rather here about good stage door experiences that just made your day or something.

So post them here :)

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Posted by Robert Taylor 2008-10-07 19:54:09


A few of my favorites:

SPRING AWAKENING
The entire cast was very friendly and enigmatic, but I was shocked how much Lea Michelle and Jonathan Groff actually seemed to "care" about what you had to say. Lea and I had a hilarious moment where she mistook my friend for Corey Feldman (he does NOT look like him) but I've said that before elsewhere on the boards, and it's great to see such a beautiful, talented star be as nice as you secretly hope she is. And Jonathan actually struck up a conversation with me for a good ten minutes when I didn't expect him to and he had no reason to. They are both great people.

ON THE RECORD
My first show ever, and the cast, especially Ashley Brown, Andrew Samonsky and Emily Skinner, were all quite charming and sweet for a person in awe of their talent on a cold street in Cleveland.

NERO
I'm not that huge of a fan of Idina Menzel, but she was such a class act outside the stagedoor, talking to everyone for a few minutes and getting our names (and REMEMBERING my name) a few minutes later. Such a sweetheart.

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Posted by jessica0414 2008-10-07 19:58:52


I also had an awesome time at Spring Awakening's SD :) Also, when my friend and I SD'd at Sunday In The Park With George, we saw Norbert Leo Butz there to say hi to someone in the cast! Daniel Evans was also very nice.

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Posted by Schmerg_The_Impaler 2008-10-07 20:00:36


Meeting Norm Lewis... I have the hugest crush on him, and I was standing at the back of a big crowd, and I couldn't see the stagedoor over the head of the really tall guy in front of my. So I meekly tapped him on the back and said, "Excuse me? When Norm Lewis comes out, do you think you could let me come up to the front?"

I was expecting he'd be like, "HAHA, NO WAY," but instead, he laughed and said, "Sure, I know Norm!" (Now, what are the odds of that?) So, the second Norm Lewis comes out, this guy just calls out, "Hey, Norm! There's a little girl here who wants your autograph!"

I'm sixteen, and I'm not that little, but I ignored that because I was too busy trying not to drool. The nice guy who let me up to the front of the group let me stay up there, so I got the rest of the cast members' autographs as well, and I got to talk to a bunch of them. It was really thoughtful, especially it was my first-ever stagedoor experience.

(Great thread, by the way!)

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Posted by GlindatheGood22 2008-10-07 20:53:53


Most definitely Spring Awakening on May 18 - people dangling from the scaffolding across the street just to get a glimpse of the stagedoor, constant screaming, no room to breathe. Absolute insanity, and I loved every minute of it.

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Posted by DefyGravity777 2008-10-07 21:16:29


A couple of weeks ago at Wicked. Lindsay Northen ran out of the SD(she had to go to a benefit) looking for me and as soon as she found me she gave me a great big hug. I wasn't expecting that. Julie Reiber is always a sweetheart too.

Just on Sunday I met the Wicked touring cast and they have to had been the nicest people I ever meet. Taking the time to have a convo with you and being interested in what you had to say to them. It was amusing trying to explain to Carmen Cusack where I lived even though she never heard of it.

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Posted by JEK216 2008-10-08 00:52:36


Most definitely Spring Awakening on May 18 - people dangling from the scaffolding across the street just to get a glimpse of the stagedoor, constant screaming, no room to breathe. Absolute insanity, and I loved every minute of it.

You better watch out. Some here will tell you that kind of OTT, out of control, crazy behavior is wrong, wrong, wrong. The stagedoor is a place for decorum at all times. Actors HATE that kind of scene. They all just want to go home after a hard day's work. You really should just stand and wait quietly and respectfuly and ..... oh wait, you said Spring Awakening. Not to worry then. That only applies to Clay Aiken's fans, at Spamalot. (Snark)
Sounds like you had a great time! Good for you.

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Posted by Paul W. Thompson 2008-10-08 01:04:02


Great thread idea!

I can remember Whoopi Goldberg, Chita Rivera and Alan Alda as being particularly nice and thorough. Donna Murphy was very gracious. And when all the hoopla was over, the very young Lea Salonga looked a little lonely and lost in the big city, waiting for her ride in the dark by the edge of the curb on 53rd Street.

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Posted by willep 2008-10-08 01:14:46


Meeting Dan Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths after seeing Equus was pretty amazing...David Hyde Pierce was also really cool/funny/nice after Curtains...Gary Beach was really nice. Kinda neat story on that one, actually. My brother and I went to a matinée of The Producers while he was doing Les Mis across the street. We were waiting at the SD for Producers when Les Mis got out and I eventually spotted Gary Beach walking down the street so we went over and talked to him. He was very nice and was totally willing to sign my Producers playbill he talked to us for a few and we told him we hoped to catch him in Les Mis. Well, when we got back to the car, we realized we had completely forgotten to get a picture with him. So we went home and I found an email address for him and sent him an email. He responded (and remembered me!) and said to let him know when we were coming to Les Mis and he would be sure to come out the SD so we could get a picture, and sure enough he did!

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Posted by H.Higgins 2008-10-08 01:26:39


Chatting with Douglas Sills after Little Shop.

What an absolute gentleman. So kind, gracious, and generous.



Sidebar: He needs to be back on Broadway NOW!

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Posted by mikeyb16 2008-10-08 03:59:33


My recent experience was meeting the National UK Touring Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on August 30th 2008, it was the tour's ever last show at the WMC in Cardiff and the entire cast were really lovely at the stage door. I got sig's from Kim Ismay, Nigel Garton, Aled Jones and Rachel Stanley. They were all incredibly nice and I'm actually friends with Rachel, I speak to her on Facebook so we had a nice good chat. Truely a fantastic night!

Planning to stage door Mary Poppins UK Tour cast when it comes to Cardiff next year in March. Can't wait to meet Lisa O'Hare!

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Posted by Elke 2008-10-08 06:30:12


Great thread idea!

Just some examples from my NYC trip last month: Priscilla Lopez thanking the SD crowd at ITH for being such a great audience, Larry at the [tos] stagedoor striking up a conversation about [tossers] from abroad (like me), Roger Bart signing my YAGM Charlie Brown Playbill like he used to (with a Snoopy paw), Christian Hoff apologizing for coming out really late (I didn't mind at all) and being incredibly gracious after I wished him all the best with Pal Joey,...

I think the key is never to expect anything. That makes every memorable experience even better.

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Posted by TheatreGal423 2008-10-08 10:24:58


My first time meeting Kelli O'Hara at South Pacific, someone knocked into an elderly woman and Kelli ran over to literally save her from falling onto the street. The woman had no idea who Kelli was, and the passerby who knocked into the woman was very rude and didn't even look back. It was a relief that the woman didn't get hurt and on top of it all, Kelli was very nice and gracious. She even signed my cd and personalized it (after asking everyone waiting nearby for a pen, since she didn't have one). Her towncar was very late, but she was still extremely kind!

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Posted by AbbyNormal13 2008-10-08 11:14:43


My best stagedoor experience was probably in August when I went to get a picture with Chris Fitzgerald before a performance Young Frankenstein. My dad and I were walking up 43rd street (which is where the stagedoor is) and we saw him walking. We started talking with him and walked up the street with him until we got to the stagedoor. When we got there, we asked if I could get a picture with him and he was really sweet! We talked for a couple more minutes before we left. Then I went back a couple weeks later and I asked if he could sign my abbynormal hat, and he remembered me!! It was so awesome and he was really nice!!

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Posted by maybethistime2 2008-10-08 11:15:54


Deborah Gibson in Beauty and the Beast!
I came all the way from Israel to see her in this show, and I bought tickets in advance to a performence she wasn't in. she was sick that night. it was christmas and the show was sold out.
I wanted to meet her anyway and waited for her at the stage door before the show. She finally arrived, got out of the car, and surpsisingly waved at me. I was speachless. she asked if I was going to see the show. I explained why I wasn't. She asked me to wait a few moments. A few moments later, I find myself being escorted to the box office by her assistant, and purchasing my tickets for the show! She's the greatest!

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Posted by Mamie 2008-10-08 11:33:52


My niece is partially handicapped. While she's able to walk, she has to go very slow. For her birthday I took her to see "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". She had never been to NY before so this was a HUGE treat for her - expecially since I'd arranged with Greg Jbara for her to get a backstage tour. Normally Greg would do this for people after the show. On this particular day he had to leave fairly quickly so he arranged to meet us before the show and gave her all the time she needed to get around. We spent a full hour with him backstage. He noticed her souvenir program and asked her if she'd like for him to sign it. She did and he took it and told her he would return it to her at the stage door after the show. When he came out through the door he came immediately over to us and handed her the program. During the show he had gotten every cast member to sign it for her! He spent a long time chatting with us before moving off to the other (now impatient) people waiting. It was a wonderful thing for him to do and I'll never forget it!

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Posted by Marianne2 2008-10-08 14:06:15


It would have to be Spamalot for me back in the end of August. It was not crowded at all, which I was a tiny bit surprised about. Everyone who came out and signed were very nice. Even after 10 years, I still think Drew Lachey is such a sweetheart. And I am by no means a fan of Stephen Collins at all, but he was really really nice. Like he seriously stood out there for a good 10 minutes or more just talking to people, and allowing people to take multiple photos with him.

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Posted by ColorTheHours048 2008-10-08 15:05:31


I am always blown away by how kind and sweet the cast members of SPRING AWAKENING are. I've had multiple conversations with John Gallagher, Jr. and the second time I saw the new cast, I had about a 10 minute conversation with Hunter and Alexandra. They were amazingly nice. The whole cast was/is. I love SDing SPRING AWAKENING.

Also, I saw [title of show] a few nights ago and we all had to wait 45 minutes for the cast to come out. No one said why. It was FREEEEEEEEEEZING out and almost no one came prepared for how effing cold it was. But everyone waited anyway. Finally, they came out. Turns out, Michael Berresse was giving them notes. So on top of the cast, we met Michael as well. Susan and Heidi came out last, Susan immediately greeting me with "God. I can't believe you f***kers waited in the cold. That's so sweet!" Heidi: "Yeah. Sh*t." Hunter and Jeff were incredibly nice. Michael was great too. Larry was so funny and he gave some pretty exciting (possibly) news. It was great.

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Posted by avab802 2008-10-08 17:27:14


My best stage door experiences recently have been with the cast of [title of show]. They are all so kind and personable, it's a real pleasure to go to the stage door and speak with them.
The first time I went to the stage door (my second time seeing the show) my friends and I decided to cheer especially for Larry, because in the show he always talks about being excluded. The look on his face when he came out the door to people cheering for him was priceless. The whole cast are just great, down-to-earth people and you can tell they truly enjoy meeting their fans.

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Posted by philly03 2008-10-08 17:48:02


My best stagedoor experience happened this past August at A Tale of Two Cities. I'd actually on planned on meeting just Brandi Burkhardt & Natalie Toro, but the rest of the cast came out before them, and all of them were extremely kind! Anyway, Brandi was so genuinely sweet, and didn't mind talking to me for however long about what future projects she's doing with Frank, and LOL asked my name (that doesn't usually happen to me for the record!). These are the kind of performers that I love. Those who love not only their fans, but it's more than obvious you know they love what they're doing!

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Posted by Elphaba3 2008-10-08 18:17:03


Bernadette Peters
Ted Keegan
Eden Espinosa
Kristin Chenoweth
Katie Rose Clarke
Christine Andreas
Kelli O'Hara
Adam Guettel

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Posted by Ftworthguy 2008-10-08 18:21:53


Most of my stage door experiences have been good ones, but two stand out.

During the run of Victor/Victoria, I went with a friend to see the show and while we were walking to the theatre she realized that in that friend of a friend way, she had a connection with Ms. Andrews. After the show, I spoke to the man at the stage door and we were able to wait for her to come down.

She, her assistant and her little tiny door came to greet us. She was so graciously and lovely -- the stage door manager said that she didn't want to take pictures or sign anything, so we didn't ask. However, we mailed our show posters to her and asked that she sign them, which she did and returned them to us. Really a terrific lady!

The other was New Years Eve 2003, I went to see Hugh Jackman in The Boy from Oz. At the end of the curtain call, we all stood up and sang "Auld Lang Syne" and it was magical. I waited at the stage door and it was FREEZING. Although it was New Years Eve and I'm sure all he wanted to do was go home to his wife and celebrate, he took the time to sign for everyone there. Such class!

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Posted by pc1145N2 2008-10-08 19:02:09


Stephanie J. Block is simply the nicest and most sincere person you could hope to meet.

Honorable Mention....Cherry Jones invited my friend and I back to her dressing room where we got to meet Sarah Paulson.

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Posted by viola13 2008-10-08 19:46:30


Fortunately most of my stagedoor experiences have been positive, but Norm Lewis probably takes the cake, although it wasn't at his show. I was at Hair with a friend, and he was at Hair's stagedoor after seeing the show. My friend, who's from Norway, absolutely adores Norm, and went up to tell him she loves his work. He got a kick out of the fact he had a fan from Norway, and told us if we came to Little Mermaid, he would give us a tour backstage, which he did a week later! The [tos] cast was also ridiculously nice.

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Posted by CMoore 2008-10-08 19:48:43


I saw Eden Espinosa in "Flora the Red Menace" in LA back in May. As we were waiting for her, I thought I recognized Jenna Leigh Green waiting. My friend just walked up to her and was like, "Are you Libby?" haha She was incredibly nice and just chatted for a while with us. Eden came out and was so casual and nice. She and Jenna then saw us in the parking garage and yelled goodbye and waved. I love them :)

Others that have been really nice at the stagedoor:
Sierra Boggess
Kerry Ellis
Renee Goldsberry
Tracie Thoms(she stood and talked with people for probably 30 minutes, SO nice)

By far the nicest person I have met, however, was Linda Eder.

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Posted by taylorPHENOMENON2 2008-10-08 19:54:43


Without a doubt the [title of show] gang.

No one is more appreciative of their fans!

The first time I went, I messaged them on myspace and all, and Hunter recognized me and said 'thanks so much for coming taylor' and gave me the most amazing hug. The next time, same thing. Got to speak to Micheal, Susan, and Hunter, alone, and they were all so friendly even though it was a ridiculous hour. They're the BEST!

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Posted by tickledPINK 2008-10-09 12:58:05


I've only stagedoored once and it was when I went to see Legally Blonde in July. The cast was soooooo nice and took the time to sign everything and pose for pictures and chat with you for a minute. It was probably one of the best nights of my life. They were all very funny too.

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Posted by SillySara 2008-10-09 13:26:44


i am lucky enough to have had some really terrific stage experiences. but, hands down, my most memorable? definitely meeting jonathan crombie after the drowsy chaperone. let me explain, that when i was really little, i was obsessed with the "anne of green gables" miniseries in which he played gilbert. i would seriously watch it all the time and was convinced that gilbert was the perfect man (i was 7 years old, folks). so when i met him...well, i was a super big dork and had to tell him how much i loved him in "anne of green gables" and how it was a big part of my childhood. he was super gracious and just a terrific guy...so thankfully, my childhood crush was not ruined.

but i do lalso have to mention that the xanadu stage door has always been filled with the most gracious people. cheyenne jackson, curtis holbrook, kerry butler, jackie hoffman, they were all terrific and definitely deserve an honorable mention.

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Posted by broadway86 2008-10-09 14:26:40


Me and my ex-girlfriend waited for Donna Murphy for a half-hour in the freezing cold after Wonderful Town. After that, she opened the stage door, invited us in, and talked with us for a good 10-15 minutes. Class act.

Had a lengthy conversation with Ron Eldard, backstage after Doubt.

Meeting Parker Posey and Ethan Hawke after Hurlyburly was really something.

I'm not crazy about her, but I NEVER thought that I would meet Julia Roberts.

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Posted by broadway122 2008-10-09 22:02:37


I posted this on the bad one with a short statement at top (this isn't a bad experience but really cool)

When we to NYC for a school drama trip. Day 5 we went to Spring Awakening and went to the stage door. There was about 10 of us kids who stayed and talked to the cast once all the fans left. It started to rain. And instead of the cast just leaving, they wanted to talk more so the 10 of us kids and the 4 or 5 cast members stayed under the marquee and talked about theatre stuff. And some of the original cast members told stories from Spring Awakening while it was off-broadway. It was just really cool experience and really nice of them to stay and talk to some kids who loved the show. And i actually shared an umbrella with Emma Hunton while we walked to where ever the cast was meeting after the show.

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Posted by duffny1 2008-10-10 23:37:35


I was waiting to see Amanda Plummer when she was appearing in Agnes of God on Broadway. She sorta slipped out behind Geraldyn Page and I followed her about two buildings down and then lost her.

I started to walk back to say hello to Elizabeth Ashley and then I noticed a cop on a horse who was in front of The Imperial Theatre. There was Amanda having a very intimate talk with the horse. Stroking his head, whispering in the horse's ear. The cop thought she was a loon. When she was done after stabbing the horses' eyes out (joking) I mean talking with the horse, I asked her to sign my playbill and she couldnt have been sweeter. We then talked about horses and animals in general.

She was a joy--Kooky...but a joy.

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Posted by iDEFY_forgood 2008-10-14 14:33:41


I have always had wonderful experirnces at the Wicked stage door! Everyone is always so nice and welcoming! Also, everyone at the Legally Blonde stage door was very nice! I saw the show back when Nikki Snelson was still there and she had so much energy and was having conversations with everyone :) She was more then glad to sign things and take pictures, which was awesome!

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Posted by boombaboy 2008-10-14 15:11:47


What a great topic!
Mr. Cheyenne Jackson is the most charming, patient, kind and funny man.
Miss Rosemary Harris invitied us up to her dressing room during the run of "Hayfever" in the mid-80s and chatted with us while she signed the poster which still hangs in our living room.
But Miss Claudette Colbert was the best of all, she invited me to join her in the back seat of her limosine waiting at stage door, to chat and sign pictures, including one of her as Cleopatra from C.B. DeMille's 1934 film, during her last stint on Broadway in "Aren't We All?" in 1985. That was heaven!

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Posted by MaxVonMayerling2 2008-10-14 15:38:28


By the far best experience was meeting the wonderful Rosie Ashe after a performance of "The Killer Soprano" (her solo show). Such a fine, gentle and lovely lady!
I've talked with her for nearly 30 minutes about almost everything: her wonderful career and about creating Carlotta for Lloyd Webber's "Phantom".

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Posted by dancingthrulife04 2008-10-14 16:09:28


Recently, [title of show].

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Posted by Theatreboy49 2008-10-14 18:21:35


Both times at Spring Awakening (current and OBC casts) were the sweetest people ever to me. When i originally saw the show i talked to john gallagher jr for the longest time. And the current cast is just so sweet. And also most recently, TOS was the 4 nicest people I have ever met.

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Posted by broadwayizme 2011-06-11 02:30:39


I would love to bump this thread, because I love reading about people's memorable stage door experiences! My most recent memorable experience, was when I saw Hair back in March. Arbender Robinson had come out, and he was graciously waiting to take a group back stage to give a tour. They were a no show, and he had waited, and waited while talking to me along with about four others waiting. After about a half hour, he decided to take us back stage and see the set, props, and costumes. He taught us all about his past shows, and what it's like to perform. It was such an amazing experience, and I don't think one like that will ever come again.

Another was last year when I saw Dreamgirls. I was the only one waiting outside of the Ahmanson, in the freezing weather. I had gotten everybody's signatures, minus Syesha Mercado's. I had waited, and waited, and somebody working backstage came out and asked what I who I was waiting for in the cold. He took me backstage into her dressing room. We chatted, took a picture, and she personalized my performance magazine. It was so fun, and I am so happy that I was able to experience that.

Thanks!

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Posted by PianoMann 2011-06-11 02:43:04


One of the most unique stage door experiences was with James Spader after Race. I had unknowingly bought tickets for a performance the same day as his birthday, and waited an hour in the (literally) freezing cold for him to come out, as he was having a party inside. When he did come out, he was genuinely surprised and humbled to see that people had waited so long for him, and despite the weather, stayed a very long time to sign and take pictures!

Similar experience with Judith Light after the final performance of Lombardi. She took a while to come out because she was cleaning out her dressing room, and was extremely apologetic that she kept anyone waiting. And despite being late to the cast party, she stayed to take pictures and sign and talk!

Two very class acts!

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Posted by jenniewie2 2011-06-11 04:28:12


Bernadette Peters was incredible when I saw ALNM. There were a ton of people there, and I was super star struck when she came out. I asked her in what I'm sure was a very quiet, shaky, voice for a picture, and she gestured for me to wait. After signing everyone's there, she remembered that I wanted a picture. My friend went to take it of us, and then couldn't figure out how the camera worked. Rather than leaving, Bernadette offered suggestions on how to get the camera to work, stood with me while I took the picture, and then took one with my friend. I was mortified, but she was beyond gracious the whole time.
Alice Ripley also chatted with me for awhile, and I noticed she recognized many of the fans by name.
Another great one was when I saw Catch Me in Seattle. It was my second time seeing it, and went to the stage door again after having neither Norbert (understandably, due to what happened with his sister) or Aaron come out. They didn't come out this time, but Matthew Morrison happened to have seen the show, and he came out the stage door! This was when only the first episode of Glee was out, so no one else recognized him, but I asked for a picture and he took one with me and asked how I liked the show etc. Now that he's so well known, I bet it's a lot more of a hassle getting a picture with him.

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Posted by quizking101 2011-06-11 09:11:33


To name a few good ones: Tony Sheldon (PRISCILLA), Kelsey Grammer (La Cage), Benjamin Walker (BBAJ), Dame Edna (All About Me), Paulo Szot (South Pacific), Brian Stokes Mitchell & Laura Benanti (WOTV)

Two of my best:

1. At GOD OF CARNAGE, it was Jimmy Smits' last day and he came out and was so incredibly sweet to everyone. He signed my Playbill and gave me a handshake (his hands are as big as mine! a.k.a "Man hands"). My mother asked if she could give him a kiss and he graciously let her and she couldn't stop talking about it for the next three months...

2. At HIGH, Kathleen Turner came out (when nobody really expected her to) and she was such a peach! She talked to the entire crowd about her career, how her favorite role was Martha in VIRGINIA WOOLF, and how she laughed her ass off at THE BOOK OF MORMON. She was such a class act, I totally didn't mind that I missed the lottery for PRISCILLA to be in her presence.

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Posted by AC126748 2011-06-11 09:30:24


I've only stage-doored once but it was a wonderful experience: Cherry Jones in Doubt. Talk about someone who really appreciates her fans. There were maybe 10 people waiting and she spent at least a couple minutes speaking individually to each person. She wrote a long, personal message when signing my playbill. (The rest of the cast, too--Brian O'Byrne, Heather Goldenhersh, and Adriane Lenox--were also all very sweet)

This past fall, Jones was collecting for BC/EFA after Mrs Warren's Profession. I told her how wonderful it was to see the star of the show collecting for such a good cause and she hugged me.

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Posted by rorschach37 2011-06-11 22:22:35


My best stage door experience was actually before the show.

American Idiot was the first Broadway show I had ever seen and I came back to the city about 6 months later to see N2N. I stopped by the stage door about an hour before the matinee was supposed to begin (hoping I would catch John Gallagher Jr. going in since he never came out afterwards) and Michael Esper was standing outside the door having a cigarette. I walked over to him and we chatted for about ten minutes. He was such a sweetheart. After realizing the time he went in to warm up for the show, but first he shook my hand and asked my name. I'd never had a Broadway star do that before, so I was ecstatic!!

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Posted by LFazin 2011-06-11 23:45:54


It would definitely have to be American Idiot. I saw that show 4 times -- stage doored 3 of the 4 -- and the cast was always so gracious and humble. Nearly all of the cast came out, too -- all matinees. I was the most impressed with Tony Vincent, though. He usually never stage doored after the show for fans, but on my last trip to see the show, there he was! He had a swarm of girls around him. I absolutely idolize him, mind you, so I was reduced to a 12-year-old teeny bopper state when he came up to me to sign my playbill. He was extremely gracious and friendly, and knew exactly how to work the crowd. I asked him for a picture and he said, "Sure! Just wait a minute, those girls were first" *as he pointed to a group of girls. He took a photo with them, signed a few more playbills handed in front of him, and then when someone asked him for a picture, he told them, "Yup, let me just take a picture with them first" *pointing to us. He was just so nice. That entire cast was.

I also had wonderful experiences with the cast of RENT a few years back.

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Posted by bwayrose7 2011-06-12 00:12:08


I have season tickets at the local touring venue, and I almost always stage door. I've had some amazing experiences, but a few stand out.

- At In the Heights, Lin Manuel Miranda was joining the tour halfway into my city. The night before, he came out the door before most people were there. But he stopped and chatted with my family and me. When I told him I dream of writing musicals, he gave me advice for a few minutes and wished me luck.
- The entire touring cast of Spring Awakening was so sweet, but espcially Kyle Riabko. He was surrounded by fangirls and I got pushed back. He made sure to stop for me and talk for a minute. He was so kind and very humble- he even blushed when I told him how amazing his voice was.
- I met Giuseppe Bausilio at Billy Elliot. My mom tried to take a pic of him and me, but the camera was freaking out. He was so patient and joked how she reminded him of his mom.
- My favorite: When I turned 16, I went to Wicked. I ended up seeing the show more times than I will admit in the month it was here. By the end of the run, the cast knew me by name and on closing night were saying goodbye and hugging me as they left. It meant so much to me,

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Posted by disneybroadwayfan22 2014-07-27 00:26:21


So, I am back from reading the "Worst SD Experiences" and disappointed how this has much less pages than the "Worst SD" one does. I thankfully hadn't have any bad experiences yet, but had some amazing ones

Uzo and Corbin in Godspell: The whole Godspell cast was super friendly (the guy who was Judas seemed really tired and standoffish though), but Uzo and Corbin topped them! Uzo talked to my parents and me about 5 minutes (I forget what. I only remembered how we talked about we both grew up in DC) and she was super sweet. I hope she didn't change because of OSTNB. Corbin was a doll. I was so excited to meet him and he was so humble and grateful. He actually winked at me and kissed me on the cheek. We talked about 5 minutes too.

The whole cast of Matilda (Bertie, Lesli, Gabe, Taylor, Colin, Sam): Especially Gabriel! He is just as adorable as he is in the interviews and bowed to me when I called him adorable. Lesli was like, "Hey, want a selfie?" in a enthusiastic tone. I have a crush on Bertie, so when I called him handsome, he giggled :3 And Gabe and Bertie loved the little girls next to me.

Victoria Clarke: Ugh, she made my trip! Again, super sweet and humble! She was actually like, "Have we met before?" at one point, which was so cool! We actually talked really long because I told her she reminded me of my vocal teacher, so we mainly chatted about singing.

James Monore Iglehart: Unfortuanely, I only had time for Adam, James, Dom, and an ensemble person. So,, no Courtney and Jonathan :/ But, it doesn't matter. James was a delight from beginning to end at the stage door. There were actually a huge crowd of kids (they had to get back on their bus though), so he was like "Hey kids! Oh, they're gone Oh, hey guys!" He was again, very humbled and sweet (I use this word a lot, LOL) and really moved when I told him that he is inspiring me to audition for Anna when Frozen comes to Broadway (Honestly, there's no way I'll get her with my speech impediment). And he actually went to the kids at the bus after he was done with everyone else (It was me and my mom, and a family next to us). On the way there, my dad yelled to him from our car, "Great show!" and James yelled "Thank you!" back. Very cheerful and you can tell he's loving his time here.

Sierra Boggess: I'm very surprised of the bad stage door experiences stories with her in the thread (thankfully, only 2) because she is literally the nicest and down-to-earth person ever. I was a little too excited at first when I talked to her (by accident, I SWEAR!), so I had freaked her a little, but she was still REALLY nice to me and gave me a huge hug! We talked about 6-10 minutes or so. She was in my town for a Q&A for high school and college students in November.

Idina Menzel: When I saw If/Then in November, Idina was late (almost an hour), but quietly apologized. Everyone gave their playbills to her. I was the last one she had, so she said "Whose is this?" And I yelled out mine. Then, I told her, "Thanks, Idina. I love you." And she gave me a huge grin! :3 (Totally not surprised about the bad Wicked stage door experiences though)

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Posted by haterobics 2014-07-27 00:44:35


"When I saw If/Then in November, Idina was late (almost an hour)"

Late for what?

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Posted by Broadwaydreaming 2014-07-27 01:20:35


I've never been much of a stage door person, but earlier this month I opted to jump into the If/Then madness with a friend. (also, I'm a HUGE Idina fan) Of course the barricades were packed the minuet we walked out, but noticed that a motorcycle seemed to be blocking a tiny space beside the theater. We waited by it, and after the man moved it, we were able to sneak a front row spot. The cast, including Idina, did come out and sign. It was nice to see how many people were willing to pass up playbills for others. It wasn't nearly as crazy as I'd imagined. Everyone from the cast was talkative and happy. After Idina signed, I pretty much walked on air back to the train. I'll never forget that day :)

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Posted by gleek4114 2014-07-27 02:16:18


Ok I'll play!

Last September I went to see Alice Ripley at 54 Below. After the show she was up at the bar greeting her fans. Me and my dad were in the line and we noticed she had kind if disappeared. As soon as I noted she was gone she came up behind me and put both of her hands on my shoulders and said to the line from the back of the line "I'm back I'm back!" It really cracked me up because she sacred the sh*t out of me! She came out of nowhere. She moved her way up the line back to the bar to continue signing and taking pictures. As I got closer I was floored because right in front of us was Anthony Rapp! I was super shy and did not want to bother him but it was still kinda cool. When I finally got to the front to meet Alice she was a delight! Treating each person with respect and she seemed genuinely happy to see me. After she signed a few things for me she asked if I wanted a picture and was quick to pose. She was a trip! Also that was my first time in NYC so it was a great way to start my trip.

My next best experience was last October when I saw the Non Equity tour of "The Addams Family" in Louisville. Afterwards me and my friends went to the stage door to discover we were the only ones there! The cast was obviously not use to people waiting for them so they were extremely happy to see us. They were so nice and giving of their time and at a certain point we were almost talking to the entire cast! We were able to get a cast picture with them which was amazing.

In June when "The Book of Mormon" came to Louisville I was lucky enough to see the show 4 times (I won the lotto 3 out of the 4). Each time I went to the stage door to meet the cast. They were all awesome and giving of their time. My 4th time seeing the show I brought my "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" window card and playbill. When Stanley came out he was so happy and surprised to see them. He was so nice and took the time to personalize them for me. Also Chris and Mark almost always came out together and were hilarious. When I asked for a picture with them they had no problem and posed. Then Chris said "ok now a silly one". They made funny faces and that picture still cracks me up today.

Side note for the BOM stage door: I happened to be doing the Louisville premiere of CARRIE in the theatre directly above where BOM was playing. I finished up one Friday night and went out through the SD and the cast was so surprised that CARRIE of all things was happening above them every night. Again a lot of the cast remembered and recognized me.

That's all for now :)

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Posted by Christopher Lippolt 2014-07-27 02:18:47


I have had some great stage door experiences. When I saw Exit The King with Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Andrea Martin, the entire cast came out one by one. they were all so genuinely kind to everyone. There were some drama students there and all the actors were asking them very engaging questions and gave them all the time they needed. The cast of In The Heights was always so nice to everyone. Jordan Sparks was so kind when she was in the show for a brief time, even using my back as a desk to lean on for a bit. The biggest class act was Audra after Lady Day. She stopped, smiled, and made eye contact with every fan. If someone said something kind, she was so genuinely grateful for the remark. So amazing.

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Posted by Christopher Lippolt 2014-07-27 02:26:13


Hugh Jackman is amazing. We were waiting to see him prior to his one man show. The crowd was big and was waiting for his "car" to arrive and him to go to the theater. Suddenly this man walks up to the crowd and says "are you guys waiting for someone?" It was him. Everyone went nuts as he walked right into the crowd. He was so kind and grateful for his fans. At one point he had to say "I have to go to work now" and go inside. He was such a class act and I will never forget that day.

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Posted by darreyl102 2014-07-27 05:05:54


I talked to Linda Hart after Catch Me If You Can for an Hour- no ****, an hour!
She was the absolute best person i have ever gotten to meet and we talked for ages about acting, Hairspray and just normal stuff like the weather back home. She gave me the most incredible advice about acting and i will cherish everything she said. For me, Linda Hart is EVERYTHING so to be able to talk to her like that was mind blowing for me.

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Posted by promisespromises2 2014-07-27 07:34:06


I just had a great one with Jessie Mueller last night. She's such a beautiful person (inside and out). She looks directly at you while you speak to her and I think that's a major plus when you are talking to ANYONE, famous or not. There weren't many people stage dooring for Beautiful (maybe the age of the crowd? I got told multiple times that I was the youngest in the theatre and that I was bringing the age down... I'm a 23 year old who loves Carole King and Broadway, what can I say?!) Anyway I was able to tell her how I introduced my mom to Carole King through this and we got a picture. But the lightin was awful and she was kind enough to take another picture with me after she signed everyone else's stuff!

Kelli O'Hara and Kate Baldwin were basically the same. Such humble, gorgeous people!

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Posted by PeterPan2 2014-07-27 09:48:45


When I sang legally blonde songs with andy karl at the rock stage door!

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Posted by phantomcrazy14 2014-07-27 13:35:59


When me and my (then) boyfriend went and saw Nice Work If You Can Get It, it was his first show and I wanted to stage door. But when we got out it was one of the worst thunderstorms I've ever seen, and the door wasn't under the marquee, so we stood under watching it. After ten minutes, the stage door man poked his head out, saw me with my Sharpies and goes "Are you guys really waiting? Come here" and we ran over and he let us inside the door and a majority of the cast was there and signed for just us. I was shocked.

When I saw Ghost, I went alone and my parents went around during the show. Richard Fleeshman was the last out, so after he signed everyone cleared out. As he was walking back to the door, he saw me still waiting there and asked if I was okay, and I told him I was waiting for my parents to come pick me up, and he stood with me for the next couple minutes until they got there. <3

And lastly, Michelle Williams at Cabaret. I saw it during previews, actually the performance where Leeds went on for Alan. It was raining, and the guy said that Michelle wouldn't stop for pictures. But when she reached me I helped shield her from the rain with my umbrella as she signed and told her how much I enjoyed the show and mentioned a bit about her performance that I loved. She looked me right in the eye, grabbed my hand and thanked me and told me I was one of the sweetest people she's met at the door. It was also really exciting to see how excited Leeds was after performing :)

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Posted by RachelJean 2014-07-27 14:01:29


My stage door experience after seeing "Peter and the Starcatcher" was one of my favorites. Celia Keenan-Bolger and Adam Chanler-Berat are truly the sweetest, most genuine people. I also met Laura Osnes that day (she had seen the show as well) and she was just as lovely!

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Posted by eyehrtfood 2014-07-27 22:08:29


I saw Richard Harris in the 80s tour of CAMELOT (in Indianapolis, at the now-gone Starlight Musicals...) I recall reading he was making something like $100,000/week on that as he owned the tour or something, But when we caught up with him at the stage door of the outdoor theater, he graciously greeted the small group of us (maybe 5-10) and signed autographs and answered questions until we had run out of them. Probably 20-30 minutes worth of almost one on one attention. Memorable - and showed how a true star - arguably a legend - handled himself.

Mandy Patinkin (after a concert) was wonderfully chatty and asked my noticeably pregnant wife about the baby... Very nice...

And Zachary Levi - hardly a big star - but still with a following - couldn't have been better with the crowds following First Date. My teen daughter was in heaven.

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Posted by KC91WFU 2014-07-27 22:37:35


I had seen Corbin Bleu in In The Heights, but I went to the stage door to get an autograph for my niece and nephew. I was alone, and I asked just to take a picture of him. He allowed me to do that, and then he asked one of the other fans to take a picture of him and me. I certainly would not have bothered him to do that. He was very nice and gracious.

I also was treated very kindly by Giuseppe Bausillo at Newsies. A friend of mine had arranged a backstage tour as a birthday present. He came out of the stage door, greeted me by name, and said Happy Birthday. I just thought it was really nice, and something I will never forget.

I also witnessed something really nice. There was a gang of very young teens waiting outside of Book of Mormon, and Andrew Rannells showed up for his call and stopped and talked to each of them prior to going in the stage door. Rory O Malley did the same thing. And this was late in the run...very post Tony Awards.

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Posted by quizking101 2014-07-27 23:32:21


I'm looking up at my walls full of autographed posters and I can think of three stories that immediately come to mind.

- When I saw BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON back in 2010, I waited at the stage door after a Saturday matinee and it was about 30 degrees outside. I couldn't hold my poster with my bulky gloves, so I risked frostbite and took them off. By the time Benjamin Walker (*swoon*) came out, my hands were shaking from the cold and when he saw my hands as he signed my poster, he chuckled "Good God, put on some gloves, man!"

- When I saw FIRST DATE, I went to the stage door after and when Zachary Levi came over to me, he took one look at me and put his hand on my shoulder, and said "I don't think I've ever met anyone who was taller than me." (For the record, he is 6'4 and I'm 6'7). I chuckled and then when I made my way down the line to take a picture with him, he greeted me with the moniker "Gigantor" and then squatted in the picture making a goofy face to emphasize my height. I have the picture and will forever cherish that moment.

- At AFTER MIDNIGHT, a few days before it closed, I waited at the stage door to meet Patti LaBelle, and when she came out, she was the sweetest woman I had ever met. She didn't have a Sharpie, so when she signed my stuff, she went to give it back to me and I told her just to keep it (I carry spares). She was touched by the gestured and said "Aw, thank you baby" as she pulled me in for a kiss on the cheek. I was kissed by the Queen of Soul and nobody can take that away from me!

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Posted by gleek4114 2014-07-28 00:09:06


Can someone please link the worst stage door thread? I am looking and I can't find it. Thanks!

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Posted by mamaleh 2014-07-28 08:59:07


Without a doubt, hands down, Hugh Jackman provided the best stage door experiences I have ever had, beginning with THE BOY FROM OZ, through A STEADY RAIN and most recently BACK ON BROADWAY. He always made time for as many people as possible, learned people's names and was always genial and friendly. A close second: Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon post-GRACE. They were chatty and very funny.

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Posted by teresa2 2014-07-28 11:29:23


I totally agree regarding Hugh Jackman. For a star of his caliber to be so gracious and considerate to his fans is a really lovely thing to see. I have never seen him be anything other than nice and sweet!!
For Broadway stars, the nicest and friendliest have been Andy Karl, Jeremy Kushnier Zachary Levi and Jim Stanek. They all take the time to speak with you and are always friendly and unassuming. They are all very special men!!!
For the ladies i would say Orfeh, Margo Seibert, Krysta Rodriguez and Jenn Colella. They also take the time to speak with you and are always friendly and unassuming. They are all very special ladies!!!
For a cast of a show i would say the friendliest and nicest i ever encountered was the cast of Spring Awakening. They were all really wonderful and accomadating to the fans. They stayed at the stage door till everyone got a picture and an autograph. They were all really young and really appreciated the fans coming to the show and showing their support.

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Posted by IronMan 2014-07-28 12:25:13


I was never really one for stage-dooring, but in 1987 (?) I saw one of Donna McKechnie's last performances as Cassie- the show was in incredible shape and I was alone in Shubert Alley afterwards when Donna came out, and I had to say hello and thank her for such an amazing experience. She was lovely, saw the 'Working Actor' button on my coat (remember wearing buttons?) and we had a nice chat about working in the theater until I felt I should let her get on her way.

A short while later I was at an audition at Minskoff studios (remember them?) and she was there rehearsing the Sweet Charity tour- she saw me in the hall and said, "Hi! How are you?" with an 'I'm not sure how I know you, but I know you' look (making everyone around me jealous). I took the opportunity to go up to her as she was talking in the hall with Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse (with cig in mouth)... I'm sure I was interrupting them, but introducing myself to the three of them together was a moment I'm glad I didn't let go by.

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Posted by broadway86 2014-07-28 12:41:56


One of my favorites was Donna Murphy after Wonderful Town. My friend and I waited outside in the freezing cold to meet her after the show. She eventually heard that we were there and invited us backstage while she met with her guests. Once she got around to talking with us, she could not have been nicer. It was really unexpected, especially from such a respected and awarded person.

Hugh Jackman, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, all class acts. Dame Eileen Atkins and Cherry Jones were very generous with her time, asking me about the drama school I was attending and such.

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Posted by lmaura1920 2014-07-28 12:51:56


My sister and I went to our first Broadway show this past Saturday, and also had our first stage door experience. It was fantastic! We saw A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (absolutely brilliant and hilarious)! After the show, we got to the stage door where three barricades were set up. There were about 15 people standing around, and nobody was against the first barricade, which the cast would go to first. We snagged the spot and, sure enough, the cast came to sign our playbills first.

The cast was incredibly sweet. As soon as Lisa O'Hare, Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Catherine Walker (Phoebe's U/S for that performance) and Jane Carr came out, I fangirled just a tad :) I told them all how wonderful they were, which was really cool to do and to have their thanks was awesome. I had a short conversation with Jefferson Mays about this being our first show, and he shook my hand and told me how honored he was.

I took a picture with Bryce Pinkham, but had to leave (and was quite starstruck) so didn't say much besides gushing about how wonderful he was, and thanking him for the picture and for signing my playbill.

I've become totally hooked to Broadway. The show, the idea of meeting the cast--everything was perfect. I can't wait for my next in a couple of weeks!

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Posted by Patti LuPone FANatic 2014-07-28 12:55:00


I saw Deuce when it was playing on Broadway. Meeting Angela Lansbury for the first time was a wonderful experience. She couldn't have been more gracious to her fans at the stage door.

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Posted by Shannon Bo Dannon 2014-07-28 13:42:41


I met Gavin Creel and the whole cast of Hair back in 2009 and it was so wonderful; they were all incredibly kind and I got to have decent conversations with each of them. I told Gavin how much he meant to me and I remember he gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek, it meant so much.

I also met Norbert Leo Butz when he toured with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in Dallas in 2006. He was the first Broadway star I ever met and he was so funny and nice. I was so nervous to meet him and he put me at ease immediately.

I don't think I've ever had bad experiences when I've been at the stage door. Fans were nice and respectable and everyone I met was really great; I hope I never have a bad experience.

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Posted by bwayrose7 2014-07-28 16:02:05


I posted a few years ago in this thread, but have had some lovely experiences since then, so I thought I'd share a few. Still all tours, still never actually been to Broadway But wonderful people all the same!

- On the La Cage tour, there were only a few people at the door, and all for George Hamilton. But I talked with Chris Sieber instead, and he was so funny and nice! He was a guest villain on a TV show I used to love (Pushing Daisies, if anyone remembers that old thing!), and when I mentioned that, he lit up so fast and spent the next fifteen minutes telling my mom and me all about what it was like to work on that show.

- The entire Les Mis touring cast was delightful, but special notice had to go to Jason Forbach and Joe Spieldenner, who played Enjolras and Grantaire. I was working at the theater by that time, so by the time I saw the show as a patron and went to stage door, I'd probably sat through around 6 performances in one week. I told Jason that the staff fought the most over who got to sit in on his portions of the show, and he blushed and gave me a hug, and I had sat close enough that I could see those two were the dancing waiters at the wedding- I mentioned that and they got all giddy and started talking over each other about the funny things they did to amuse themselves during that- after all, they said, "we're already dead!"

- National tour of Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan. Heading past stage door at intermission to go to the restrooms no one knows about on the other side of the building. Outside the door is Captain Hook (can't remember the actor's name right now), in full costume, with his cell phone in one hand, a cigarette in the other, and his very friendly shih tzu at his feet. Illusion shattered :)

- Priscilla tour last year. I had seen Bryan West several years ago as an understudy Fiyero (the first time I ever saw the show), and, being a dorky teenager, had given him a little fan-note/card back then, which he had said was his first ever fanmail and had apparently been gleefully parading around backstage, according to other cast members. When I met him again at Priscilla, I mentioned that card, and he recognized me, even called me by name, and chatted for a while.

Those are the best I can think of right now but I've really never had a bad experience, to be honest. Most actors have been really sweet, even the ones in a hurry to leave, and a lot have said they enjoy hearing from the audience, especially when they've had a bad day or know their performance wasn't up to par, they like hearing that people enjoyed it anyways. Everyone's different, I know, but I've been very lucky indeed!

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Posted by jjohnson5 2014-07-30 10:51:45


ooo I have so many but I'll pick some favorites.

Michael Cerveris- I joke that he's a god, but basically my bf and I were the only people at the Evita stage door one day. It started lightly snowing and as we were about to give up, MC came out and was like "I'm so sorry, I didn't think anyone would be here". Long story short he literally talked to us for 15 mins in the snow about college, life in general, and a bunch of random stuff. Nothing about theater or the show which was so odd. Still one of my favorite SD memories.

Hugh Panaro- my very first Broadway show was Phantom, when Hugh was doing his first run as The Phantom. (my mother saw him as Raoul in the early 90s). I stayed a big fan of his voice over the next decade or so, so this past March post seeing Phantom, I decided to stage door in hopes of having him sign my very first(!) Broadway playbill as well as my Lestat opening night playbill (judge away). Well after the show we get to the very awkward Phantom SD and wait, Jeremy Hays, Laird Mackintosh, Deana Doyle come out but no Hugh. Eventually the other few ppl at the SD leave, we decide to give up. As we walk to the curb, a limo pulls up and would you know, Hugh Panaro walks out. He walks past us completely because we obviously didn't look like people stage dooring Phantom. I walked up behind him and asked if he could please sign my Lestat playbill, to which he turned around about became this huge bundle of energy. Turns out he bolted after our show of Phantom to go to a chiropractor on 58th Street! How he did that is beyond me, but he apologized unnecessarily for it. He signed our playbills, asked if we wanted anything else signed, took pictures, made sure the pictures were good and then chatted for a bit. So gracious and thankful. When we parted I told him to tell his dog, Soot, we said hello, to which he responded "He's not here today or I'd let you play with him" or something along those lines. Such a nice guy or as my boyfriend put it "a bro"

Other great SD experiences: The OBC of Book of Mormon and Cinderella, both were such fun vibes and all the cast members seemed so happy to be there and happy you enjoyed the show.

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Posted by morosco 2014-07-30 13:12:39


Years ago when Barnum was playing we waited at the stage door to get just about anybody's autograph. We even got the then unknown Glenn Close to stop and sign and as she was signing she looked towards the street and laughed/yelled, "Len!!". Her boyfriend at the time, Len Cariou, had been waiting to pick her up and the truck he was driving had just overheated. There was smoke everywhere and Len was under the hood and Glenn just laughed and laughed. Len signed for us too.

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Posted by Brian07663NJ 2014-07-30 13:43:22


Two most memorable were both Chita and Rita!

When Kiss of the Spiderwoman was on Broadway with Chita I waited before a show for her. A stagehand knew what I was doing. As she came walking down the street he saw her and ran to her. I thought for certain it was to warn her so she could quickly get past me. I was so wrong. That stagehand took dry cleaning out of her hands so she was holding nothing. As the gap closed between us to 10 feet she threw open her arms as she embraced me and said "Now you can tell everyone that you were kissed by the Spiderwoman!" She happily signed my CD. That sold me and I've not thought twice about driving distances to see her in her autobiographical show when it was originating in Atlantic City, Casper the musical in Pittsburg, The Visit in Virgina, etc

Rita Moreno...went to her cabaret show at the Algonquin Hotel. After the show I really wanted to meet her and ask that she sign my West Side Story Album (yes, the record...). After the performance as guests were leaving she was thanking each individual. I went to hand her flowers. She requested that I wait in the lobby for her. Rita finished her goodbyes to all the patrons, came to the lobby, sat down and ordered drinks! We sat there for what was probably 10 or 15 minutes chatting. When I brought out the West Side Story album she eagerly signed it, opened it to show me her picture inside, signed next to that picture, etc.

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Posted by gfaustswa 2014-07-30 14:00:32


Zachary Levi last summer. AWESOME! Pictures, autographs, small talk. What a great guy and experience.

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Posted by gleek4114 2014-07-30 14:11:49


Brian -

Out of curiosity why was Casper like? There is VERY limited footage of it online and it looks like a very odd show.

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Posted by EMeraldNYC2 2014-07-30 14:17:41


If/Then was definitely my favorite stage door experience. The night we saw the show, we left the theater to find that it was pouring down rain, lightning and all. It slowed down a little, so we decided to stick around despite the guard telling us that none of the actors would be coming out to sign. Turns out the guard set up some barriers about 20 minutes later, and only a small crowd gathered. James Snyder, Anthony Rapp, and LaChanze graciously came out to sign in the rain, and it was nice to have brief conversations with both of them (of course beginning by thanking them for braving the elements for us). James and LaChanze even stayed for an extra 15 minutes or so to take pictures with everyone that wanted one.

Other memorable stage door experiences: Lena Hall at Hedwig, Derek Klena at Wicked, Megan Hilty after a concert with my city's symphony, the entire Book of Mormon cast (especially Nic Rouleau and AJ Holmes). They were all very friendly and seemed happy to meet fans!

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Posted by Brian07663NJ 2014-07-30 14:49:23


Funny enough...I brought flowers to Chita at the stage door in Pittsburgh. We briefly chatted and I told her that I drove 8 hours one way to see her in Casper. Her eyes got wide and she said "WHY?" Well...fair response.

The show was more a child production than one for adults and far from Broadway worthy. To make the ghosts "fly" they used black lights with the part of the actor touching the stage or non-ghost parts in black. I remember a hilarious tap number and in it the shoes were supposed to be magical. All actors were completely in black except the shoes so from a distance in the black light the shoes danced on their own.

The show was corny. Something to do with a woman on a mission in the mansion to find a treasure. The ghosts were in there. Then there were kids wandering the mansion. Was a basic plot of any child cartoon (like Scooby Doo) with a villain (Chita) that wanted something and the ghosts and kids were getting in the way. Plenty of slapstick, belly laughing for the kids in attendance, humor. It wasn't great but I went because I had a feeling it wasn't going to "make it"...and it didn't.

Turned out to be such a memorable fun day trip that I still talk about to this day with my partner!

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Posted by Brian07663NJ 2014-07-30 14:49:23


delete - doubt post - sorry

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Posted by ampi2 2015-08-19 23:50:40


Bringing this post back because I had the best stage door experiences last month:

MATILDA - Alison Luff and Lesli Margherita were just awesome. I also got to meet and talk to Rileigh, my Matilda that night, and her mom who were super sweet.

FUN HOME - First of all, I had sent Sydney Lucas and Gabby Pizzolo some candy from Chile (where I am from) and a letter back in June telling them I might be seeing the show soon. When I told Gabby my name she said: We were JUST wondering when exactly you were coming! Then she signed some Matilda stuff I had from when she was in the show and was so sweet to me. When I saw Sydney, as soon as I said my name she started screaming: IT'S AMPI, SHE CAME! And asked her dad: "Can you take a picture of us? She sent us a bunch of candy from Chile!" So he took a picture with his own phone. I thought it was awesome they knew who I was!

MAMMA MIA! - I had also sent fanmail to Elena Ricardo, who plays Sophie a few months ago. As soon as I said my name she also knew exactly who I was, and told me it was so cool that I had come from so far away and that she always "brags about my fanmail" and hugged me. Then she told me she was gonna finish signing everyone's playbill and then she'd take me backstage! I was not expecting that at all! She showed me around and we took a picture on the stage, it was perfect, she was incredibly sweet to me. She said it was the least she could do for me.

These experiences were the highlight of my trip!

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Posted by firebolts 2015-08-19 23:56:07


ampi2 said: "Bringing this post back because I had the best stage door experiences last month:

MATILDA - Alison Luff and Lesli Margherita were just awesome. I also got to meet and talk to Rileigh, my Matilda that night, and her mom who were super sweet.

FUN HOME - First of all, I had sent Sydney Lucas and Gabby Pizzolo some candy from Chile (where I am from) and a letter back in June telling them I might be seeing the show soon. When I told Gabby my name she said: We were JUST wondering when exactly you were coming! Then she signed some Matilda stuff I had from when she was in the show and was so sweet to me. When I saw Sydney, as soon as I said my name she started screaming: IT'S AMPI, SHE CAME! And asked her dad: "Can you take a picture of us? She sent us a bunch of candy from Chile!" So he took a picture with his own phone. I thought it was awesome they knew who I was!

 

MAMMA MIA! - I had also sent fanmail to Elena Ricardo, who plays Sophie a few months ago. As soon as I said my name she also knew exactly who I was, and told me it was so cool that I had come from so far away and that she always "brags about my fanmail" and hugged me. Then she told me she was gonna finish signing everyone's playbill and then she'd take me backstage! I was not expecting that at all! She showed me around and we took a picture on the stage, it was perfect, she was incredibly sweet to me. She said it was the least she could do for me.

 

These experiences were the highlight of my trip!"

 

So jealous of everyone you met, especially Sydney and Alison! It's adorable that Sydney remembered that. :)

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by Crateful 2015-08-20 00:12:28


Daniel Radcliffe at How to Succeed.  I took my two young daughters, and they were determined to stage door.  My youngest was getting a bit crushed in the crowd, and I picked her up, ready to just get out of the madness.  He saw us struggling, saw me moving to get her out of the increasing screeching tweens, and told his bodyguard to "help the girl".  He was very nice to her, signed her Playbill, and really went above and beyond.  Class act.

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by Crazy NooNooHead 2015-08-20 02:08:14


*The first time I saw The Book Of Mormon, it was really cold out, and I had seen a Saturday matinee, so most of the cast stayed inside. Andrew Rannells was the only one to come out and sign autographs that day, and he took his time with everybody. The guy standing next to me said, "I'm obsessed with you!" and he was just like, "Aww, thank you." He complimented my hat, and I wanted to ask for a photo, but I wasn't quick enough. My mom and I were about to go get lunch when she noticed him crossing the street and asked if I wanted to try and get that photo, which of course I did. So I ran across the street and asked for a picture, and he stopped and smiled for the camera and was so gracious. And now, just like that guy who was standing next to me, I'm obsessed with him too. (While I'm here, everyone I've met from BOM has been incredibly nice, especially Nikki M. James.)

 

*I saw It's Only A Play in its final week, and it was raining that night. T. R. Knight still asked everyone their names, shook everyone's hands, and replied with, "Hi, I'm T.R."

 

*Not an encounter with anyone IN the show, but still one of my favorite stage door experiences: My friend and I saw the final performance of The Producers and went to the stage door afterwards. This was my first time ever waiting at a stage door. I didn't even know the stage door was a thing. We didn't have Sharpies, and some of the performers didn't have Sharpies either, so a girl standing nearby let us share hers. We chatted as we were waiting for people to come out, we exchanged MySpace information (yup...MySpace), and we continue to stay in touch.

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by rdsport323 2015-08-20 02:56:56


ampi2 said: "Bringing this post back because I had the best stage door experiences last month:

MAMMA MIA! - I had also sent fanmail to Elena Ricardo, who plays Sophie a few months ago. As soon as I said my name she also knew exactly who I was, and told me it was so cool that I had come from so far away and that she always "brags about my fanmail" and hugged me. Then she told me she was gonna finish signing everyone's playbill and then she'd take me backstage! I was not expecting that at all! She showed me around and we took a picture on the stage, it was perfect, she was incredibly sweet to me. She said it was the least she could do for me.

 

These experiences were the highlight of my trip!

 

"

Omg, you are so lucky... I have the hugest crush on ElenaRicardo.  I have seen her show 3 times already.  What address did you mail her fanmail to?

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by mailhandler777 2015-08-20 06:30:13


ampi2 said: "Bringing this post back because I had the best stage door experiences last month:

MATILDA - Alison Luff and Lesli Margherita were just awesome. I also got to meet and talk to Rileigh, my Matilda that night, and her mom who were super sweet.

 

Ali is definitely one of the sweetest people to meet. 

 

 

 

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by KathyNYC2 2015-08-20 07:43:51


No exactly stage door but all the comments about Alison Luff reminded me of one time when I was trying for the Matilda Lottery. Alison was there with her her parents and brother also for trying the lottery -  so they needed 3 tickets. Somehow a bunch of us were just chatting (as you often do when you wait for a lottery drawing)  and she realized that I was trying for just 1 lottery ticket. So when 2 of her family members won the lottery for a total of 4 tickets, she dragged me over and said I could have their extra ticket. So not only did I see the show, I got to sit with Alison's mother who was equally nice. Going above and beyond.

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by mailhandler777 2015-08-20 08:33:00


KathyNYC2 said: "No exactly stage door but all the comments about Alison Luff reminded me of one time when I was trying for the Matilda Lottery. Alison was there with her her parents and brother also for trying the lottery -  so they needed 3 tickets. Somehow a bunch of us were just chatting (as you often do when you wait for a lottery drawing)  and she realized that I was trying for just 1 lottery ticket. So when 2 of her family members won the lottery for a total of 4 tickets, she dragged me over and said I could have their extra ticket. So not only did I see the show, I got to sit with Alison's mother who was equally nice. Going above and beyond.

 

On her last weekend in Wicked in Nashville she won lotto for me for one of the shows(however I didn't know it and went to a Rachel Potter concert instead where I ended up meeting Emma Hunton). Both her parent are super nice as are her brothers. 

 

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by ampi2 2015-08-20 09:40:59


rdsport323 said:

Omg, you are so lucky... I have the hugest crush on ElenaRicardo.  I have seen her show 3 times already.  What address did you mail her fanmail to?"

I just sent it to the Broadhurst!

 

And yes to everyone's comments about Alison, she's awesome. When she was signing my stuff I wouldn't stop talking, she looked at me and said: Chile, right? I had tweeted telling her I was coming from there and she totally recognized me. I thought that was awesome, like she actually cares.

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by mailhandler777 2015-08-20 13:01:29


"ampi2 said: And yes to everyone's comments about Alison, she's awesome. When she was signing my stuff I wouldn't stop talking, she looked at me and said: Chile, right? I had tweeted telling her I was coming from there and she totally recognized me. I thought that was awesome, like she actually cares." 

 

She does care. 

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by Jersey Girl2 2015-08-20 17:49:50


I went to Opening night of La Cage and was standing outside when David Hyde Pierce came out.  He stood and talked to us for awhile.  What a nice guy!

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by bfreak 2015-08-20 18:51:37


Jersey Girl2 said: "I went to Opening night of La Cage and was standing outside when David Hyde Pierce came out.  He stood and talked to us for awhile.  What a nice guy!

I met David Hyde Pierce twice and he is the best! The second time was after the off-Broadway musical The Landing, and we were the only ones who waited for him and he talked to me and my family for like 5 minutes. Very nice guy and such a big fan of his!

"

 

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by atuomala 2015-08-21 09:06:10


When I stage door'd for The Assembled Parties, Judith Light was so kind and happy to converse with everyone there at the stage door. I'm a very shy person, but she was so friendly and approachable that I actually engaged in a conversation with her about the performance and she seemed to be genuinely interested I what I had to say. It felt good and it was a RARE nice experience.

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by quizking101 2015-08-21 10:03:50


 "When I stage door'd for The Assembled Parties, Judith Light was so kind and happy to converse with everyone there at the stage door. I'm a very shy person, but she was so friendly and approachable that I actually engaged in a conversation with her about the performance and she seemed to be genuinely interested I what I had to say. It felt good and it was a RARE nice experience."

Judith Light and Tyne Daly are the two greatest actresses to encounter the stage door.

 

"

 

re: Best Stage Door Experiences
Posted by polkadotmissile 2015-08-22 00:05:26


I saw Chicago back in June with Brandy and stage dooring was awesome. The crowd was kind of rowdy, but the security were good at keeping everyone calm. Some ensemble trickled out and were surprised when people wanted them to sign their playbills and were so kind. Brandy came out and there was screaming and cheering. She signed for a few people, moved towards me, and then a voice called "mom?" She turned and standing a few yards away was her daughter and a group of her friends. She practically leapt across the sidewalk and freaked out. Apparently they don't see each other much? It was adorable. And then when she came back she took my face into her hands, hugged me, and asked how I was and if I enjoyed the show. She was honestly so kind and nice and seemed to care so much about every person there.