THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Winner and Romeo and Juliet Star Brent Carver Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
December 4, 2013

Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of Tony winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade), who plays Friar Laurence in the current Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, which continues through Dec. 8 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.



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

The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and The Wiz

 

"In the spring of '77, I saw my first Broadway shows... a stunning matinee with Al Pacino and company, then in the evening, Stephanie Mills with just the most radiant cast of performers... 'Home'..."

 

 

On The Twentieth Century

 

"Oh, Madeline Kahn and Kevin Kline, thank you. I am so lucky to have had a ticket on their journey, brilliantly conducted by Hal Prince."

 

Amadeus

 

"Ian McKellen, Tim Curry, Peter Shaffer and Mr. Mozart. A standing-room spot at the Broadhurst. So completely transported, an awesome evening. I could have stood all night."

 

Foxfire

 

"Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn - to witness these two magnificent actors together on the stage was such a gift and a singularly uplifting experience."

 

 

Angels in America (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika)

 

 "These performances were absolutely overwhelming; an ensemble of actors, each and every one at a pinnacle, in Tony Kushner and George C. Wolfe's game-changing force of nature." 

 

 

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

 

"Dana Ivey and Celia Weston leading a company that just floored me with such grace and seeming ease of playing, in  Alfred Uhry's wondrous piece."

 

The Drowsy Chaperone

 

"Bob Martin and Company were magical in this jewel of a show...soaring."

 

Elaine Stritch at Liberty

 

"...just the most sensational evening in the theatre. Such a pleasure to be in the room."

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

 

"Bill Pullman and company were so fine in Edward Albee's sublime play... a performance filled with so much surprise, humour and love."

 

 

Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays

 

"'How can I ignore the (artist) next door,' at the Imperial Theatre; his final dress rehearsal, in tears and gales of laughter, and stand-up (we did) joy. Billy Crystal, Billie Holiday and Shane... Home run."