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If You Could See Her Now: ‘Sweet Charity’

November 20th, 2016 Comments off
The New Group's 'Sweet Charity.' (Photo: Monique Carbon via The Broadway Blog.)

The New Group’s ‘Sweet Charity.’ (Photo: Monique Carbon via The Broadway Blog.)

It’s a full circle moment in the career of Sutton Foster, who stars in The New Group’s intimate and beautifully staged revival of Sweet Charity. Foster’s breakout role came in 2002 when she won the Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie, playing a girl who arrives in New York City looking to marry for money but discovering love instead. Charity, on the other hand, is desperately on the lookout for love but only seems to attract crooks and cheaters. Working as a dance hall girl at the Fandango Ballroom, her naiveté is a source of constant teasing from Nickie (Asmeret Ghebremichael), Helene (Emily Padgett), and the other dancers, but Charity’s bright-eyed enthusiasm enables her to weather many a storm of musical comedy.

With a book by Neil Simon and score by Cy Coleman (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics), Sweet Charity delivers a charming throwback vibe. Bob Fosse originally conceived, directed, and choreographed the Broadway production more than 50 years ago, casting his wife Gwen Verdon in the title role. (Shirley MacLaine starred in the film version). Leigh Silverman (Violet, Kung Fu) directs this incarnation with choreography by Joshua Bergasse (On the Town).

The New Group's 'Sweet Charity.' (Photo: Monique Carbon via The Broadway Blog.)

The New Group’s ‘Sweet Charity.’ (Photo: Monique Carbon via The Broadway Blog.)

Streamlining the cast to a dozen (the original had 30 actors), the creative team puts Charity center stage amid a whirlwind of changing costumes and wigs, creatively designed by Clint Ramos and Charles G. LaPointe respectively). Foster, now with 11 Broadway credits to her name and starring in TV Land’s hit series Younger, carries it with goofy and heartfelt effervescence.

After recovering from her latest break-up, Charity finds herself in the midst of a celebrity brawl and in the presence of Italian film star Vittorio Vidal (Joel Perez). To make his girlfriend Ursula (Nikka Graff Lanzarone) jealous, Vittorio invites Charity into a posh nightclub and then back to his penthouse apartment. Comedic genius ensues as Ursula arrives and Charity hides out in the closet. Foster, evoking some of the best comedy shtick of the era in the spirit of Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball, is brilliantly on point with her comedic timing.

After that debacle and with the revelation that there might be more to life than the dancehall, Charity heads to the local Y to seek out inspiration. She meets Oscar (Shuler Hensley) in the lobby as he’s en route to group analysis, and the pair become trapped in the elevator. This time it’s Hensley’s turn to chew the scenery in a brilliantly staged panic attack.

Sutton Foster and Joel Perez in 'Sweet Charity." (Photo: Monique Carboni via The Broadway Blog.)

Sutton Foster and Joel Perez in ‘Sweet Charity.” (Photo: Monique Carboni via The Broadway Blog.)

Charity and Oscar begin a brief romance, but she’s determined to come clean regarding her career. He’s one step ahead of her though, and just as Charity thinks she’s found the man of her dreams, Oscar reveals that he’s incapable of accepting her sordid past. The original production ended on an upbeat note, but The New Group’s revival wisely shuffles some material in the second act, putting Charity’s 11 o’clock number, “Where Am I Going?” as a final soliloquy for the girl so desperately in search of love.

Foster, who has danced her way to two Tony Awards, chooses to sit firmly in the pocket of Charity’s endearing quirkiness. That’s not to say that she doesn’t tap out clean pullbacks in “If My Friends Could See Me Now” or kick to her nose during “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This”—but her movement is informed by Charity’s awkward charm.

Emily Padgett, Sutton Foster, Asmeret Ghebremichael in 'Sweet Charity.' (Photo: Monique Carboni via The Broadway Blog.)

Emily Padgett, Sutton Foster, Asmeret Ghebremichael in ‘Sweet Charity.’ (Photo: Monique Carboni via The Broadway Blog.)

As her romantic foils, Joel Perez (Fun Home) plays most of the male principal roles in the show and delivers an impressive tour de force performance, diving in and out of accents as a one-man-band version of 1960s New York City. And as the affably neurotic Oscar, Hensley is huggabley endearing, even as the unexpected heartbreaker.

Silverman stages wisely within the intimate Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. Bergasse’s choreography dutifully nods to Fosse on occasion, but also breathes new life into famous dance sequences like “Big Spender” (practically haunting in its simplicity) and “Rich Man’s Frug.”

But the evening belongs to Sutton Foster, who puts her stamp on one of the great musical comedy roles of the 20th century.

Sweet Charity
The New Group
Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
Through January 8

Three to See: November

November 7th, 2016 Comments off

Big or small, the theater scene is getting a major wake-up call this November with three production that deliver award-winning stars, Broadway transfers, and film-to-stage adaptations. Here are our three picks for the month…

The Great Comet Broadway

Natasha, Pierre and THE GREAT COMET of 1812
Move over, Hamilton, there’s another epic, historical musical coming to town. The Great Comet has been kicking around for several years and those who saw earlier incarnations at Ars Nova or the American Repertory Theatre may be intrigued by its Broadway bolstering, which includes a massive overhaul of the Imperial Theatre and the arrival of ballad-belting superstar Josh Groban.

The story is extracted from a small excerpt of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Natasha is a beautiful ingénue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiancé Andrey to return from the war. In a moment of indiscretion, she is seduced by the dashing (but already married) Anatole and her position in society is ruined. Her only hope lies with Pierre (Groban), the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption… and to the renewal of his own soul.

Natasha, Pierre and THE GREAT COMET of 1812
Imperial Theatre
249 West 45th Street
Opening night: November 14

dead poets society

Dead Poets Society
Who can forget Robin Williams’ stirring performance as Professor Keating in the 1989 Academy Award-winning film? Tom Schulman adapts his own screenplay for this much-anticipated production. which follows the trials and tribulations at a rigorous all-boys preparatory school renowned for its ancient traditions, where the unconventional Professor Keating inspires his students to defy conformity and to live passionately.

Classic Stage Company’s artistic director John Doyle helms the production starring Jason Sudeikis.

Dead Poets Society
Classic Stage Company
136 East 13th Street
Opening night: November 17
(Through December 18)

 

sweet charitySweet Charity
Musical theater fans have officially gone mad in anticipation of Sutton Foster’s casting as Charity in Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Field’s 1966 hit. She’s got quite a legacy to follow, including Gwen Verdon and Debbie Allen. This production, presented in an intimate setting by The New Group, features original choreography by Joshua Bergasse (On the Town) and promises a fresh, modern perspective by Tony-nominated director Leigh Silverman (Violet, Well).

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the classic musical Sweet Charity, the musical follows Charity Hope Valentine, the sassy, diehard romantic dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps getting her in hot water.

Sutton Foster, Ryan Worsing and Joel Perez in rehearsal for The New Group's production of 'Sweet Charity.' (Photo: Hunter Canning via The Broadway Blog.)

Sutton Foster, Ryan Worsing and Joel Perez in rehearsal for The New Group’s production of ‘Sweet Charity.’ (Photo: Hunter Canning via The Broadway Blog.)

Sweet Charity
The Romulus Linney Courtyward Theatre
at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
Opening night: November 20
(Limited run through January 8, 2017)

Matthew Wexler is The Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on social media at @roodeloo

 

 

 

 

Sutton Foster, New York Pops, and a Season to Remember

August 10th, 2015 Comments off

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Sutton Foster, Steven Reineke, and The New York Pops (photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

Sutton Foster, Steven Reineke, and The New York Pops (photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

The New York Pops celebrated its new summer home at Forest Hills Stadium with two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. The program was similar to her Carnegie Hall performance earlier this spring—which isn’t a bad thing. Foster, who currently stars in the TV Land show Younger, was in great voice and sounded tremendous thanks to impeccable sound design by Dan Gerhard.

Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke—charismatic as always—kept the 72-piece orchestra nimble. For those who are fans of the American Songbook and Broadway classics, The Pops is a magnificent celebration of sound. Evening highlights included Foster’s renditions of “Down with Love” and a campy serenade to her dog, Mabel, set to the melody of “Maybe This Time” by Kander and Ebb but dubbed “Mabel This Time.” The Pops’ now legendary “The History of the TV Overture” had audience members guessing at the classics and Foster had everyone on their feet with an encore of “Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Steven Reineke conducting The New York Pops (photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

Steven Reineke conducting The New York Pops (photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

Though summer is coming to an end, The New York Pops returns home to Carnegie Hall with a season that promises to deliver star-studded evenings with some of Broadway’s best, including:

My Favorite Things: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein
Featuring Sierra Boggess and Steven Pasquale
October 9, 2015

Sophisticated Ladies
Featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith
November 13, 2015

It’s Christmas Time in the City
Featuring Stephanie J. Block and Brian d’Arcy James
December 18 and 19, 2015

42nd on 57th: Broadway Today
Featuring Jeremy Jordan and Betsy Wolfe
March 11, 2016

Lights, Camera, Action: Spielberg and Williams
April 8, 2016

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newyorkpops.com.

Review: Sutton Foster at Carnegie Hall

March 16th, 2015 Comments off

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Sutton Foster at Carnegie Hall (photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

Sutton Foster at Carnegie Hall (photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

“This is a dream come true,” said Sutton Foster on Friday evening as she made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops. Foster, who has been Broadway’s darling for more than a decade, made a wish list when she was 15 years old. Singing at Carnegie Hall was number one. Of course, with 11 Broadway shows under her belt, it was just a matter of time.

Foster presented an evening of standards and American folk music—a program built in collaboration with the Pops’ music director and conductor Steven Reineke. While the draw for many Pops concerts is its A-list talent roster, the massive orchestra (the largest independent pops orchestra in the country) is reason alone to subscribe as affirmed by a number of selections, including the overtures from Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and the premiere of a new piece, “The History of the TV Overture” arranged by Fred Barton.

But it was Foster’s evening and her clear, belting voice was in excellent form from the get-go with an upwardly key-changing rendition of “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Audiences were happy to hear her revisit selections from Anything Goes, for which she won a 2011 Tony Award. The Pops also embraced the Cole Porter theme and delivered an undulating, percussive orchestral version of “Begin the Beguine.”

It was an emotional evening for Foster. On the verge of turning 40, she reminisced about her mother, who died last year, and the fond memories of listening to 8-track tapes—particularly John Denver. She sang “Sunshine On My Shoulder” in her honor and it was as if the Carnegie Hall’s vast ceiling opened up to let her mother’s spirit shine through.

Foster welcomed Joshua Henry (Violet, The Scottsboro Boys), Megan McGinnis (Daddy Long Legs, Little Women) and her longtime musical director and collaborator Michael Rafter to join her for the evening. Each had his or her moment to shine, but it was Henry’s anthem “Let It Sing” from Violet (for which both Foster and Henry were nominated for Tony awards) that brought down the house. That is, until Foster went off program.

Cheekily walking to center stage with a music stand and her songbook in hand, Foster embraced her forthcoming milestone birthday and indicated it was time to consider more age-appropriate roles. She then tackled one of the most iconic numbers in musical theater history: “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy. It was in this moment Foster reaffirmed that she is a force to be reckoned with. At times flirty and at others enraged, she tore through the number as if she’d been playing it for a year. Ethel Merman was 51 years old when she originated the role, so we’ve got about a decade until Foster truly ages into the role, and most likely earns another Tony award.

Before her final encore (the much beloved “Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie), Foster took a moment, head in her hands, and said, “This has been… just beyond.” It was for the audience as well, who clearly had a dear affection for the affable performer who continues to carve her own path on Broadway and beyond. Be sure to check out her new show, “Younger,” premiering on TV Land on March 31.

Save the Date
Want more of The New York Pops? Check out these upcoming events:

Let’s Be Frank – a Tribute to Frank Sinatra
With Tony DeSare, Storm Large, Frankie Moreno, and Ryan Silverman
April 10

The New Golden Age – The Pops 32nd Birthday Gala
Honoring Kathleen and Rob Marshall and featuring Alan Cumming, Sutton Foster, Donna Murphy, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Rachel York and more.
May 4

Matthew Wexler is the Broadway Blog’s editor as well as a contributor to many print and online publications. Follow him on Twitter at @roodeloo.

Breaking News: Guess Who’s Peforming at the Tonys?

May 29th, 2014 Comments off
The Tony Award. Image via Google.

The Tony Award. Image via Google.

The Tony Awards have announced the line-up of performances for the 68th Annual Tony Awards, which will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay).

The entertainment-packed evening will feature performances by 2014 Tony Nominee Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; 2014 Tony nominee Sutton Foster with the cast of Violet; Alan Cumming reprising his Tony Award winning role in a performance from the revival of Cabaret and 2014 Tony Nominee Idina Menzel performing from the new musical If/Then.   

The evening will also feature not-to-be missed performances by the casts of this year’s Best Musical and Best Musical Revival Nominees, as well as other new musicals: Aladdin, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bullets Over Broadway and Rocky.

Idina Menzel in the original cast of "Wicked" (photo: wickedthemusical.com) via The Broadway Blog.

Idina Menzel in the original cast of “Wicked” (photo: wickedthemusical.com) via The Broadway Blog.

The cast of Wicked will return to Radio City Music Hall for the first time since 2004, when they won three Tony Awards. The cast will take the stage once again in what is sure to be a very special performance to celebrate Wicked’s 10th Anniversary. Also not to be missed: music legends Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia, who will take the stage for an unforgettable performance with the cast of After Midnight.Sting will also perform a song from his upcoming musical, The Last Ship.

Hosted by Tony Award winner, Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Hugh Jackman, Broadway’s biggest night will feature appearances by Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8, 2014. For more information on the Tony Awards, visit www.TonyAwards.com.

A scene from "Les Misérables" (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

A scene from “Les Misérables” (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

Sutton Foster Opens Feinstein’s at the Nikko

May 12th, 2013 Comments off

Our new West Coast correspondent, Heather Cassell, catches the premiere act at the new Feinstein’s at the Nikko.

Sutton Foster (photo: Laura Marie Duncan)

San Francisco doesn’t know anything about a woman’s desperate need for air conditioning in a sweltering New York summer, but Sutton Foster heats up the room causing a need for a burst of cool air at the new Feinstien’s at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco.

Foster broke the proverbial bottle of champagne to a sold out crowd opening night on May 8 and you can still catch one final performance through May 12. If you miss her, she’s destined to return to the newly opened cabaret.

Belting out the busty overture to finding a man with an air conditioner to escape the sweltering heat, Foster leaves the room roaring in laughter as many of her songs this evening do. The two-time Tony-award winning Broadway star Foster treats us to beloved show tunes and tongue-in-cheek racy original ballads from her forthcoming album composed with musical collaborator Michael Rafter, who accompanies her on the piano this evening.

It’s an exemplary evening with Foster singing hit Broadway songs from Anything GoesLittle Women, Annie,  The Drowsy Chaperone, and Thoroughly Modern Millie to yesteryears hits, such as John Denver’s “Sunshine on My Shoulders” to name a few out of her 18-song performance. She delights us with her opening with a mash-up of her signature musical theater songs, displaying her impressive soprano voice that swiftly drops into an alto tone. It is clear that she enjoys not only playing with her voice, but also with songs about single women — alternating between broadsy female anthems to soft and tender love songs.

Away from the lights of Broadway and Hollywood, she’s left the humidity of New York after 15 years for the dry desert heat of Los Angeles for her new show, ”Bunheads”, which airs June 11. In a performance was intimate, personal and humble, she gushed that she didn’t miss New York as she feared she would, but instead she loves L.A. At one point during the show she brought the man in her life, her dog Linus, up on to the stage. He sat in her lap as she sang one of her favorite new songs on her forthcoming album a medley of “It Only Takes a Moment” and “Time After Time” they end the performance with a double hi-five.

Dressed in a simple blue dress with beige heals and her wavy brown locks easily tumbling down her back, it is almost as if she returned to being the 17-year-old girl who first performed in the first national tour of  The Will Rogers Follies at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco. That was many years ago and many performances later, including a brief cabaret in San Francisco a few years ago, as she’s now clearly an accomplished artist that we will hopefully see more of in the near future.

Foster attracts star power from Broadway and the small screen, my girlfriend and I spotted Florence Henderson, from the 1970’s “Brady Bunch” fame, but who is an accomplished singer in her own right, to many music and theater admirers to the cabaret that once was the home of the now closed Live at the Rrazz Room.

A popular cabaret for the past 14 years in New York, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, closed at the beginning of this year at the same time as Feinstein’s at the Nikko emerged. Feinstein’s in New York and San Francisco is lead by the venerable Michael Feinstein, a renowned singer, pianist, and bearer of the Great American Songbook.

Foster is the perfect opener to satiate the void left by the closing of the beloved musical outlet, the Rrazz Room. If the forthcoming performers to grace Feinstein’s stage in the coming month – Mitzi Gaynor (May 15 – 18), Spencer Day (May 23 – 25), Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway (May 29 – June 2), Andrea Marcovicci (June 7 and 8), Clint Holmes (June 12 – 16), Barbara Cook (June 19 – 23) and Steve Tyrell (June 25 – 29) – are any indication of the high quality talent that will come to the Nikko Hotel, we will be mostly satisfied.

The only question is: Will Feinstein’s also showcase Broadway stars along with many of the same LGBT performers that made the Rrazz Room beloved by San Franciscans and unique in the cabaret world? The answer remains to be seen.

Sutton Foster’s final performance is Sunday, May 12, 7 p.m.at Feinstein’s at the Nikko Hotel, 222 Mason St., San Francisco. Tickets $75 – $95.

Can’t catch Foster’s final show tonight? Here’s one of our favorite clips:

Heather Cassell is a freelance journalist and travel writer with more than 20 years experience covering LGBT and women’s issues. When Heather isn’t wandering off learning and writing about women’s and LGBT issues, she covers business, health and other news for a number of publications as well as the syndicated “Out in the World” international LGBT news column.

Feinstein’s at the Nikko Opens, Featuring Tony Winner Sutton Foster

May 3rd, 2013 Comments off
Michael Feinstein (photo: Karl Simone)

I’ve had a crush on Michael Feinstein for 25 years. While most guys my age were listening to Sonic Youth and R.E.M. (it was the 80s after all), I was sequestered in my room — obsessing over his rendition of “I Won’t Send Roses/Time Heals Everything.”

Perhaps I was an odd teenager, but since the release of his first album, Live at the Algonquin, Feinstein has been wowing listeners with his tributes to the American songbook. He has breathed new life into the works of George and Ira Gershwin, Burton Lane, Jule Styne, Jerry Herman and countless others. Feinstein has also performed live around the world, including such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

On a more intimate scale, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency served as home to some of the world best vocalists for more than 14 years until the property temporarily closed for a major renovation. Fear not, lovers of velvety vocals and cabaret climaxes. Hotel Nikko in San Francisco is opening a new venue called Feinstein’s at the Nikko to continue this great tradition.

“It’s exciting beyond words to be bringing Feinstein’s to the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco,” says Feinstein. “My career as an entertainer began in San Francisco, and it presents special and profound meaning to be a part of such an amazing and special city. I look forward to giving back to the community by presenting world-class entertainment in a glamorous setting. I can’t wait!”

Sutton Foster (photo: Laura Marie Duncan)

Feinstein’s at the Nikko will present a wide range of local, regional and national entertainers in an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, The Drowsy Chaperone) will take the stage May 8 – 12, 2013 for the inaugural performances.

Tickets range in price from
$60-100 and are available now by calling
866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com

Future performers of note include*:

Spencer Day (photo: Reisig Taylor)

Spencer Day – May 23-25
Day has been a perennial favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area since exploding on to the music scene as a performer at the 2007 San Francisco Jazz Festival. Since then, he has performed at some of the nation’s most prominent venues, including Joe’s Pub and Town Hall in New York City and Yoshi’s and the Great American Musical Hall in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway –May 29 – June 2

Barbara Cook – Wednesday, June 19-23

*Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

Tony! Tony! Watch Nominations Live…

April 29th, 2013 Comments off

2012 Tony Award-winners James Corden, Audra McDonald, Nina Arianda, and Steve Kazee. (photo: Anita and Steve Shevett/Shevett Studios)

I’m having a flashback.
It’s my high school senior play (The Wizard of Oz… of course) and we all scramble out of homeroom to see the cast list. I was a shoe-in for the Scarecrow, or so I thought. We trampled each other toward the cast list that was posted during morning announcements. The anticipation… did I get it? Uh, no.

While I may have been relegated to a monkey (and not even a flying one at that), Broadway’s brightest talent had a bit more luck this season, and tomorrow morning – with the help of Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sutton Foster, The American Theatre Wing announces this year’s nominations for the coveted Tony Award.

You can catch all the action, live! Click the link below and relive all of those memories in a live stream and be the first to know who has been nominated. Help us predict this year’s winners by posting your comments on our Facebook page or our Twitter account, @thebroadwayblog.
And remember… everybody’s a winner. Not really.

Tune in Tuesday, May 1, 8:15 a.m. by clicking link below:

Launch the 2013 Tony Awards Live
Video Console!

We Love You Broadway, Part I

February 10th, 2013 Comments off

"Mama Mia!" (Photo: Joan Marcus)

The Broadway Blog asked some of our favorite theatre folks to tell us about their favorite Broadway love songs. Ah, love. While my high school cohorts were smoking weed on the football field and doing it in the back of a 1986 Chevette (yes, I’m dating myself,) I was swooning over Patti LuPone’s bullhorn vocals in the revival cast recording of “Anything Goes.”

Broadway was my lover before I knew how or whom I could love. While I experienced a bit of bullying and subsequently lashed out at a few kids myself during those years, nothing seemed to matter when I popped in the double length cassette of “Les Misérables” and dreamt of Marius and Cosette (actually Marius and Enjolras.)

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Broadway Blog will be showcasing some favorite romantic moments from the Great White Way. Have some of your own? Share them with us on Facebook.

Click through for our first two picks…

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“Golden Boy” Ticket Winner & Your Favorite Broadway Knockout

October 31st, 2012 Comments off

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner! Daniel M. is going to see Lincoln Center’s new production of Golden Boy on us.

But today, everybody wins because readers submitted their favorite “knockout” Broadway performances as part of their entries. I’ve read them, removed the ones I absolutely disagree with on a fundamental aesthetic level (I’m kidding) and am now posting some of the best quotes.  So sit back and enjoy some of the best of Broadway, at least according to our fabulously tasteful readers…

Reba McEntire in "Annie Get Your Gun". Photo by Andrew Eccles.

  • Reba McEntire in Annie Get Your Gun was the most perfect pairing of role and performer I have ever experienced.  I saw the show 7 times with her and even paid for 5 of the times!!” David L.
  • “I remember seeing Gary Sinise on Broadway in The Grapes of Wrath. He was mesmerizing. Wish he would do more plays.” Linda Z.
  • The Scottsboro Boys.  I was completely entranced from beginning to end. So clever, new, brilliant performances. 90 minutes of beauty.” Betsy D.
  • “Knock out performance? Audra McDonald in…well, in just about anything she’s ever been in. But particularly, Carousel. What a revelation.” Adam M.
  • Sutton Foster in Anything Goes. A true triple threat.  AND she made it look effortless!!! She is the reigning “Broadway Heavyweight” in my book!” Jamey W.
  • “My parents took me to see A Chorus Line on Broadway when I was about 12. It was astonishing to me in so many ways, starting with the sheer talent and artistry that my young self had never encountered, and ending with the subject matter that struck me hard emotionally — a knockout.” Pam W.

And what of our winner’s entry? He certainly wins with this answer, too. Love me some Cherry Jones.

  • Cherry Jones knocked me out in A Moon For The Misbegotten back in 2000. Her combination of tenderness and toughness, her gutsy physicality and hardened humor — astonishing.” Daniel M.