Patti LuPone in Gypsy
John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway
Mary Testa in Queen of the Mist
Yes, this was Off-Broadway. But holy boozeballs. Nothing beats a Michael John LaChiusa score with a Mary Testa twist. It was perfect theatre.
Sierra Boggess in The Phantom of the Opera
Sing for me my angel of friggin music! I was team Phantom all the way. If I could live inside her mirror and yell at her to sing on command, I so would.
Carolee Carmello as Mrs. Pennywise in Urinetown and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd
Is there anything this goddess can’t do? She gave a genius performance. In both shows. I worship at the idol.
Keala Settle in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
I always say the ensemble makes the show. One “over it” performer will kill it for me. This was the first time I saw Keala in anything. She was in the ensemble, and she stole the damn show. I remember thinking, “She’s gonna be a star.” And now she is. Ensemble folk rule.
Betty Buckley in Sunset Boulevard
This woman has been my queen for ages. I will never forget watching her move down that staircase. She was so fragile yet also dangerous. I even got a pic with her at the stage door. Still have the program signed. And maybe a bootleg.
Bob Martin and Beth Leavel in The Drowsy Chaperone
Beth can do anything. Literally anything. And Bob...it was like watching me. It was like he sneaked into my lonely musical theatre-loving brain and wrote the show just for me. That’s how I felt when I saw it. I’ll never forget it.
Josh Gad in The Book of Mormon
Literally the funniest performance I have ever seen. I watched him in awe thinking, “How do you learn how to do that?” Watching Josh do comedy is like watching a magic show.
Tonya Pinkins in Caroline, or Change
Her performance was a master class. You could feel her anger, you could feel the intensity of her sorrow turn into anger, you could see and learn from the growing pains of change that we all have to adapt to.
Watch excerpts from The Prom below: