PLAYBILL PICKS: Breakout Performances of the 2012-13 Broadway Season

By Playbill Staff
29 Apr 2013


Keala Settle
Photo by Kevin Berne

All hands were off the hardbody when the big-voiced and big-hearted Keala Settle broke out into Hands on a Hardbody's 11-o'clock number (although it was somewhere in the midst of the first act), "Joy of the Lord." Settle, previously of Broadway's Priscilla Queen of the Desert, began her show-stopping moment with an uncontrolled fit of laughter, contagious enough to reach every audience member at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Power-belting ensued shortly thereafter, and it wasn't long before everyone clapped along with the character of Norma Valverde. Amen!