What performers have received entrance applauses at the beginning of Bway shows?
From my experiences, Idina Menzel got a 30s entrance applause when I saw her in If/Then in January, so much so that she cut the audience off and start the show!
Another one that's pretty common is the actress playing Elphaba usually gets one. I saw Wicked in March and Christine Dwyer got one.
So what shows and performers have you seen where this happened?
This season alone:
And oddly enough Robert Fairchild
Cheno only got minimal applause, but I think that has more to do with the way her entrance is staged.
And Sarah Stiles gets exit applause. Her last line is a set up for it though.
I think it'd be cool if the Tony's give Best Entrance Applauses awards. Wouldn't that be fun? It'd be like The Peoples Choice awards for theater.
It's "Peeple's Choice", Namo.
Nia is the only voter in that contest.
When i saw Catch Me if You Can after the Tonys, Norbert leo Butz got a standing o when he walked on.
Also, Ricky Martin in Evita and Bradley Cooper in Elephant man got quite a lot of applause
I see a lot of Elphaba's that get entrance applause. The music that accompanies her entrance does sort of encourage it though. Occasionally the Wizard and G(a)linda too.
Idina got quite a long entrance applause when I was at If/Then too.
One of the young girls who plays Matilda did at a performance I went to. I've heard of Miss Trunchbull getting applause too.
Alan Cumming and Emma Stone both did when I saw Cabaret. That is unsurprising though.
If I recall, Yul Brynner got a healthy round of applause when he entered in "Home Sweet Homer"
If was all downhill from there. As soon as the curtain fell, the show closed.
Angela Lansbury had incredibly loud entrance applause in Blithe Spirit.
I've seen quite a few entrance applauses:
- Idina Menzel (If/Then)
- Kelli O'Hara (Bridges of Madison County and The King and I)
- Nathan Lane (It's Only a Play)
- Matthew Broderick (Nice Work If You Can Get It)
- Jane Lynch (Annie)
- Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music)
Some others often happens after the performers win Tony's for their respective roles (not that they are not more deserving), for example, off the top of my head:
- Patina Miller (Pippin)
- James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin)
Patina Miller got entrance applause at both of the performances I saw that occurred before the Tony's. So did Andrea Martin, Terry Mann, and to a lesser extent, Charolette D'Amboise.
Interesting exchange from a recent Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with Tony-nominated actresses:
Entrance applause: Yes or no? Do you like it?
Carey Mulligan: No. Hate it. Hate it. Terrible thing.
Helen Mirren: No! It's terrible.
Kristin Chenoweth: Now, Chita and I— [laughs]
Kelli O'Hara: I like it in a musical — if it's choreographed in. Because if you don't get it? Really awkward! [laughs] But in a play like last year? [Bridges was a dramatic musical.] No!
Helen Mirren: In a play, it's not appropriate.
Carey Mulligan: Inappropriate.
Matthew and Kelsey got entrance applause in Finding Neverland when I saw it.
Nobody should ever get entrance applause. It's crass and breaks the illusion that the actors are trying to build.
Something Rotten got entrance applause for Brian D'Arcy James and Christian Borle.
As for shows I've seen in the past couple of years:
JCM for Hedwig (that's to be expected though)
Tony Danza, Rob McClure, AND Nancy Opal for Honeymoon in Vegas.
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
The first time I saw the revival of Side Show, Davie & Padgett got some applause when they first appeared through the scrim at the start of the show.
Patina Miller and her replacement Ciara Renee both got applause, Andrea Martin got the biggest actually...Charlotte d'Amboise was a smattering.
Alves, Johnson, and Yazbek for ON THE TOWN.
Entrance applause seems to be a Broadway thing. One seldom experiences it in Toronto. Although I do recall Kim Cattrall getting entrance applause when she starred in Private Lives at the Royal Alex opposite Paul Gross.
I thought this interesting because I associate Broadway entrance applause with legendary stars who have made many noteworthy appearances on the Broadway stage (for example, Bernadette Peters or Nathan Lane) and were being recognized for a lifetime of work. But Cattrall seemed to be getting entrance applause for her TV stardom and for the fact that she was making a rare appearance on the Toronto stage.
It is as much of the theater scene as arriving late, talking during the show, overpriced concessions and long lines at the bathrooms at intermission.
lol was her raising her hand part of the show, or was she trying to stop them so she could do her damn show? xD
Sutton Foster got entrance applause when I saw Violet
Generally any movie star.
The crowd went wild for Chita Rivera in The Visit.
In CHAPLIN, after Rob McClure hits the first stance as the Tramp, following his discovery of the character, the audience responded rather enthusiastically both times I saw it. That always stuck out in my mind.
I feel like nowadays, with all the celebrities on Broadway, I think there is entrance applause more often than not. To name all of them would be to just name the celebrities I've seen on Broadway (with some exceptions).
I think it can be fun if it's choreographed in, like others have said.
Carol Channing in her one night show with Tommy Tune.
Thunderous applause for CHITA
in the Visit
Kim and Paul both got entrance applause when I saw PLives in Toronto.
Every Norma in Sunset on Broadway got it.
Wicked is hit or miss.
Velma is hit or miss in Chicago. I've seen Roxie get entrance applause before "Funny Honey"
ive seen exit applause at Jersey Boys.
I think Norm got entrance applause his first in Phantom, kinda forget.
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