CUE & A REVISITED: What Star of the Past Would You Have Liked to Perform With?; 65 Actors Respond

By Playbill Staff
December 26, 2012

The editors of Playbill.com have combed through the past seven years of our popular Cue & A feature to select some of our favorite answers to the question, "Which Broadway or screen stars of the past would you most have loved to perform with?" Sixty-five responses from Broadway actors follow.



(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor's entry in the Playbill Vault.)

Alice Ripley
Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart

Lisa Brescia
Michael Jeter. Did you see his featured performance on the Tony’s broadcast highlighting Grand Hotel? I just about died from admiration.

Sarah Stiles
Always Ethel!

Josh Gad
Zero Mostel or Lea Michele

Alexandra Socha

Alexandra Socha
Jerry Orbach

Chester Gregory III
Sammy Davis Jr.

Michael Esper
Jason Robards, Lee J. Cobb, Gena Rowlands

Nicole Parker
Oh man... Madeline Kahn for sure. Jessica Tandy... Jerry Orbach...

I think it would have been awesome to have been a guest on one of the variety shows where Carol Burnett or Judy Garland sat down and sang on stools.

Why isn't that done these days? There were always awesome women singing on TV on stools in cute matching outfits. Why isn't that happening anymore??!!!

Adam Godley

Adam Godley
Laurence Olivier, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry

Nina Arianda
Uta Hagen, Spencer Tracy and about a zillion more people!

Lorenzo Pisoni
Cary Grant

Anthony Warlow
Baritone Alfred Drake or Bernadette Peters

Rebecca Luker

Rebecca Luker
Robert Preston, James Cagney, Mae West, Bert Lahr, Fred Astaire, Jimmy Stewart... we're gonna be here all day!

Nick Adams
Gene Kelly

Corbin Bleu
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr. and MJ

Christina Sajous
Sir Laurence Olivier

Lauren Molina

Lauren Molina
Not in this order: Uta Hagen, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner, Judy Garland, Chris Farley, Charlie Chaplin, Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire

Ari Graynor
Shirley Temple

Rutina Wesley
Audrey Hepburn, Sidney Poitier and Marlon Brando

John Leguizamo
Brando, Pacino, Lee J. Cobb, Uta Hagen

Randy Graff

Randy Graff
Frank Sinatra, Anne Bancroft

Terri White
Ethel Merman, Katharine Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Gene Kelly

Frank Wood
I would have liked to have performed with James Dean, Harvey Korman, Mel Blanc and Paul Scofield.

Gabriel Ebert
Danny Kaye, Gene Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, The Marx Brothers, Monty Python.

Marlo Thomas

Marlo Thomas
Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant

Jeremy Davidson
Jimmy Stewart

Jenn Harris
John Ritter, Richard Pryor, The Solid Gold Dancers

Danny Burstein
Spencer Tracy. Always been my favorite actor. Simple. Honest. Didn't talk about it, just did it.

Jason Tam

Jason Tam
Gene Kelly

Matt Shingledecker
So many stars have been around for awhile and continue to grace the stage with their presence. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to work with one of them. I am so grateful that I was able to work with the legend, Arthur Laurents.

Kerry O'Malley
Ethel Merman, Tammy Grimes, Barbara Harris, Robert Preston, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, John Wayne, Spencer Tracy

Hamish Linklater
Duse, Keaton, Brando

Carla Gugino

Carla Gugino
Marcello Mastroianni, Cary Grant, Richard Burton, Ann Bancroft, Lucille Ball

Kathryn Erbe
There are so many, but the one who just came to mind is Lynn Redgrave. I would love to have a chance to work with her again on stage or on any screen.

She was one of my heroes, as an artist but especially as a person and a MOM.

Van Hughes
Charlie Chaplin, Gwen Verdon, Heath Ledger

Ramin Karimloo
Heath Ledger, Brando, Olivier

Emma Hunton

Emma Hunton
Louise Brooks

Celisse Henderson
Bea Arthur. So random, I know, but such a talent and a sense of humor. I always had this vision in my mind of us meeting and immediately hitting it off! We would be best friends and play bridge and chess together on my days off.

Actually with that said, I would have loved to perform with all of the Golden Girls INCLUDING Betty White, who I haven’t given up on yet!

Molly Ranson
Charlie Chaplin

Tug Coker
George Grizzard, Jimmy Stewart, Paul Newman, Lucille Ball, Marlon Brando

Kevin Daniels

Kevin Daniels
Ossie Davis

Bryce Pinkham
Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Danny Kaye, Paul Newman

Michael Cumpsty
Marilyn Monroe. I think she's underrated as an actress, and she was a great comedienne.

Ralph Richardson. Apparently he was a blast.

Marlon Brando, just to observe the legendary charisma at work.

Elizabeth A. Davis
Audrey Hepburn. I mean, come on. She's it for me. Also Michael Chekhov and Danny Kaye.

Spencer Kayden

Spencer Kayden
Peter Sellers, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd

Michael McGrath
Jackie Gleason, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny

Jayne Houdyshell
Geraldine Page, Shelley Winters, Patricia O'Neal, Eileen Heckart, Maureen Stapleton

Tracee Chimo
Charlie Chaplin, Betty Davis, Jack Palance, Marlon Brando, John Gielgud

Bruce Dow

Bruce Dow
I worked last year with one of my all time icons, Christopher Plummer. We did The Tempest at Stratford, which was subsequently filmed. It was the honour of a lifetime. He's the best of the best... and he cracks me up!

Others I'd love to have had the chance to work with include: Bea Arthur, Judy Garland, Kim Stanley, Wendy Hiller, Peter O'Toole, James Cagney, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Lemmon... for starters.

Anna Chlumsky
Jimmy Durante, Eddie Cantor, Gene Kelly, Marjorie Main

Christina DeCicco
How about TV stars? Because it would definitely be Lucille Ball or the entire cast of "The Honeymooners."

Howard McGillin
Kiley, Preston, Streisand, Cary Grant, Gene Wilder

Oliver Chris

Oliver Chris
I would like to have been in "Casablanca" with those incredible people. I would also have liked to play Jane Fonda’s trousers in "On Golden Pond."

Ashley Spencer
Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Gene Kelly

Christine Lakin
Cary Grant

Erin Mackey
Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart

Taylor Louderman

Taylor Louderman
Barbara Cook, Dick Van Dyke

Andrew Varela
George C Scott. "God help me, I do love it so."

Michael Cristofer
Peter O'Toole, Spencer Tracy....opposite ends of a spectrum.

Brynn O'Malley
Judy Garland

Betsy Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe
I always used to fantasize about being on "The Carol Burnett Show." What an incredible cast.

John C. McGinley
Spencer Tracy, Robert Shaw, Anna Magnani, Rita Hayworth, Richard Farnsworth

Adrienne Warren
Gene Kelly, Marlon Brando, Lena Horne and Gregory Hines

Kate Arrington
Barbara Stanwyck and Jimmy Stewart

Madison Dirks
I wouldn't have minded having had a lanky-tall-man tussle with Jimmy Stewart.