Entrance Applauses

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Entrance Applauses#1
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:00pm

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?

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Entrance Applauses#2
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:04pm

This season alone:


Chita


Kelli


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.

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Entrance Applauses#2
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:05pm

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.

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Entrance Applauses#3
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:07pm

^^^


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Entrance Applauses#4
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:10pm

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

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Entrance Applauses#5
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:11pm

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. 

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Entrance Applauses#6
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:12pm

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.

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Entrance Applauses#7
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:24pm

Angela Lansbury had incredibly loud entrance applause in Blithe Spirit.

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Entrance Applauses#8
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:30pm

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)

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Entrance Applauses#9
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:37pm

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.

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Entrance Applauses#10
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:41pm

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.


 

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Entrance Applauses#11
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:49pm

Matthew and Kelsey got entrance applause in Finding Neverland when I saw it.

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Entrance Applauses#12
Posted: 6/2/15 at 12:57pm

Nobody should ever get entrance applause.  It's crass and breaks the illusion that the actors are trying to build.  

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Entrance Applauses#13
Posted: 6/2/15 at 1:00pm

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.


 

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Entrance Applauses#14
Posted: 6/2/15 at 1:20pm

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.

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Entrance Applauses#15
Posted: 6/2/15 at 1:37pm

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.

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Entrance Applauses#16
Posted: 6/2/15 at 1:48pm
I'll enver forget this entrance. Ever.

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Entrance Applauses#17
Posted: 6/2/15 at 1:52pm

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

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Entrance Applauses#18
Posted: 6/2/15 at 2:22pm

Sutton Foster got entrance applause when I saw Violet

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Entrance Applauses#19
Posted: 6/2/15 at 4:34pm

Generally any movie star.


The crowd went wild for Chita Rivera in The Visit.

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Entrance Applauses#20
Posted: 6/2/15 at 5:09pm

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.

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Entrance Applauses#21
Posted: 6/2/15 at 7:09pm

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. 

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Entrance Applauses#22
Posted: 6/2/15 at 7:13pm

Carol Channing in her one night show with Tommy Tune.

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Entrance Applauses#23
Posted: 6/2/15 at 7:19pm

Thunderous applause for CHITA


Entrance Applauses in the Visit

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Entrance Applauses#24
Posted: 6/2/15 at 7:24pm

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.