Playbill.com runs a weekly article series titled ‘Their Favorite Things’. In the series, they ask one member of the New York theatre community about what are some of their favorite experiences of going to the theatre.
This week, I’ve decided to offer you another list of some of my favorite theatrical performances that I’ve been lucky enough to see. Like the last list, I won’t be listing them in order of preference because that would be really hard for me to figure out. Instead, I’ll be listing them in alphabetical order of the performer’s last name.
Norbert Leo Butz in Catch Me If You Can I was lucky enough to have seen this performance the night before the Tony Awards in 2011. He was truly a STANDOUT! It really showed in his big showstopping number as he was doing something I like to call the 'Swashback' (running the dancing at the same time).
Lilla Crawford in Annie She was only 12 years old at the time when I saw the most recent Broadway revival of the beloved musical, and she really knew how to carry a whole show on her back. As Crawford has continued performing since then in the film adaptation of Into the Woods, episodes of Forever and Blue Bloods, and most recently in the New York Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, she could have a bright future for her career.
Sutton Foster in Anything Goes A real triple threat! Not only can she sing, dance, and act, but also tap her feet off! Sutton Foster is literally the ultimate musical theatre performer.
Trent Kowalik in Billy Elliot the Musical Imagine being a 13 year old boy leading a Broadway show in a role that requires you to sing, dance, act, and almost never leave the stage. The three original boys in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot clearly won that Tony Award for a reason.