Hi all! I know there have been past threads in similar styles to the Playbill "Top Theatregoing Experiences" but I thought it might be fun to hear everyone's top 10 favorite experiences in the theater! Here is Donna McKechnie's top 10 as a reference point! I bet some of the posters on here have some amazing ones to share! http://www.playbill.com/article/their-favorite-things-tony-winner-donna-mckechnie-shares-her-theatregoing-experiences
Here are lists I've made of some of my favorite theatrical performances...http://karereviews.weebly.com/my-favorite-theatrical-performances-part-1.htmlhttp://karereviews.weebly.com/my-favorite-theatrical-performances-part-2.html
Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple and the original Broadway cast of Hamilton comes to mind most immediately/recently for me.
Absolutely agree with Cynthia Erivo's performance. I've seen her twice and she leaves me breathless every single time!
This was crazy hard to narrow down!John Cameron Mitchell in HEDWIGClosing performance of IF/THENOriginal cast of NEXT TO NORMALWICKED with Idina Menzel and Megan HiltyPARADE concert at Avery Fisher HallSONGS FOR A NEW WORLD with Jason Robert Brown, Laura Griffith, Brian d'Arcy James, Alice Ripley, and Tituss BurgessAdam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, and Tamyra Gray in RENT from the front row.Danny Burstein in FIDDLER ON THE ROOFRob McClure in CHAPLINEven though it hasn't happened yet, closing performance of FUN HOME tomorrow. I'd include it on my top 10 list anyway, but I have a feeling closing night is going to be something special.
It was an extremely incredible experience being at American Psycho's closing. I have never seen such a warm and eager audience. That show should really find an Off-Broadway home.
Allegiance's closing. The King and I with Marin Mazzie. Seeing Dear Evan Hansen for the first time almost restores my faith in humanity.
in no particular order:OG cast of OG production of RagtimeScottsboro boys - all three times - once at the Vineyard, once on the B'way, and once on the west end. Heather Headley's final performance of Aida (and the other three times I rushed the front row)Bernadette's Final performance of GypsyPaulus Revival of HAIR!Paulus Revival of PippinSeeing Dick Van Dyke and Chita perform together in "A Dancer's Life"Titanic - my first B'way showCynthia Erivo in Color Purplesecond to final RENT performance Runners up - After Midnight, August: Osage County, and Ripley's final week of "Next to Normal", and Cherry Jones' very last performance on her final stop on tour in Philly of "Doubt"
OBC of Fun Home last August - front row in the 200s, almost center. What an incredible experience... it's kind of surreal being (just about) on the stage. I'm going to the closing performance tomorrow night, so I also expect that to be something quite special.
Seeing Next to Normal for the first time (on tour), with Alice RipleyThe first time i heard Kelli O'Hara sing (in Nice Work, Someone to Watch Over me) i was totally smitten with her voice, and when she did that thing with the gun, i was smitten with her actingThe Goodspeed production of Carousel, with James Snyder's soliloquy - phenomenal voice and acting, and utterly heartbreaking performance (also If I Loved You - amazing voice)My first time seeing Wicked, with a tremendously-talented Vicki Noon on as Elphaba - awesomeThe tap dancing in Anything Goes, Newsies, Aladdin, BOM, and Something Rotten!, and Jeremy Jordan's Santa Fe in Newsies (i apparently love me some Casey Nicholaw tap choreo)Aaron Tveit's last performance of Goodbye in Catch MeIdina Menzel's last performance of Always Starting Over in If/ThenTam Mutu as Anatoly on tour in ChessThe hilarity of Toxic Avenger and BOM, on tour, and of Something Rotten, on BroadwayKelli and Steven's duets in Bridges, plus It All Fades AwayBeing thoroughly delighted by Sister Act, despite not having great expectations based on the "religious theme" implied by the title. Especially loved the double-costume-change sequence in I Could Be That Guy - clever, funny, and touching.Three local/regional productions that improved (for me) on their Broadway/tour counterparts: Cabaret, with Cliff's powerful songs left intact and a heartwrenching performance of the title song by the same wonderful local actress who played Diana in that theatre's N2N; Mary Poppins, with wonderful tap choreography (best i've seen at that level); and Avenue QCynthia Erivo in The Color PurpleCherry Jones in The Glass Menagerie and also in When we Were Young and Unafraid
Going Off-Off-Broadway here, but Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War by The Mad Ones is still one of my favorite nights I've ever spent in a theatre.The wall coming up at the end of the original Roundabout Cabaret revival when I was 16 is still indelibly etched in my mind.
-Matilda (all 11 times I have seen it)-Billy Elliot-an absolutely glorious local production of Ragtime that was better than a lot of Broadway shows I have seen-Hamilton-Dear Evan Hansen-Lincoln Center's The King and I-and then the one that takes the complete cake... Cabaret at Studio 54 with Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming. I was seated at a table right by the stage. The whole production was unlike anything I have every ever experienced.
Guys and Dolls with Faith Prince in '92The joy and optimism of Hairspray (original cast)The last moments of Cabaret with Cumming.Smash's Hit List at 54 BelowNewsies' choreography and energyBig Fish with my dad days after his father, my grandpa, had passed.Birthday at On the Town with Hal Prince in the audienceOpening night at Something RottenHamilton - the show itself and the experience of attending the show with Meryl Streep sitting right near me.Hunchback of Notre Dame at PaperMill - I was crying within the first five minutes. Front row watching Michael Arden transform into Quasimodo right before my eyes.
-Raul Esparza in Company from the front row.-OBC of Fun Home. I don't think I've ever cried harder in a theatre than during Ring of Keys.-the second preview of Matilda.
Cherry Jones in "Doubt"Robert Cuccioli doing "Confrontation" in "Jekyll & Hyde"Harvey Fierstein in "Torch Song Trilogy"Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in "The Producers"Betty Buckley singing "Memory" in "Cats"HamiltonGlenn Close & Jeremy Irons in "The Real Thing"Alice Ripley in "Next To Normal"The dancing in "Moving Out", especially John Selya and Elizabeth Parkinson.
Hello, Dolly!(all 74 times I saw it)That Streisand Woman in Funny GirlRichard Kelly in LaManchaKeach in HamletJames Earl Jones and Christopher Plummet in OthelloAngela Lansbury in Mame and Dear WorldTony Yazbeck in On The TownZoe Coldwell and PattiLupone in Master ClassDavid Furr in Noises OffLuPone in GypsyBernardino in Fiddler I hate auto correct!
I can't guarantee my list would be exactly the same if you asked me tomorrow but for now:- Colm Wilkinson as Valjean in Toronto (never thought I'd get to see him in the role live)- seeing the original Broadway production of Side Show about a week before it closed - the first Off-Broadway preview of Urinetown (I remember the invitation and wondering what sort of show with that title I was getting into on April Fool's Day, no less)- The final performance for Arthur Darvill and Zrinka Cvitesic in the London production of Once - Side Show revival's first preview - Something Rotten's first preview (best promo price blind buy I've made)- The Last Ship with Sting - The first time I saw Dear Evan Hansen in DC - specifically Ben Platt's performance in DEH (the individual moments I'd highlight keep changing, most recently it was way he played the speech leading into "You Will Be Found" that took my breath away )- Brian d'Arcy James final performance in Something Rotten
Fun Home best musical I have ever scene
A little bit different because I'm not from NYC, so shout out to Chicago productionsGypsy - Concert at Ravinia w/ PattiRide The Cyclone at Shakes - Seriously everyone needs to see it at MCCTwist of Water at Mercury theatre - Right time right place great productionCaroline or Change at Court Theatre - Again right time and right place great productionSpring Awakening w/ OBC (Broadway)
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