THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Pippin Star Kyle Dean Massey Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
April 9, 2014

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 singing actor Kyle Dean Massey, who currently stars in the title role of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.



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

Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night

"I’ve never seen a performance like that. I never wanted him to leave the stage. He just 'gets it' like nobody else I’ve seen."

 

 

Michael Berresse in Kiss Me, Kate

 

"For me, he stole the show with 'Bianca.' I was just starting college and I remember thinking, 'I want to perform like that.'"

 

Dennis O’Hare in Take Me Out

 

"I went to see it because I heard it was good and that everyone was naked. Well, the nudity was boring compared to Dennis O’Hare. He was dynamic. He left me with goosebumps."

 

The Light in the Piazza

 

"Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison and Victoria Clark sang that gorgeous score so beautifully. I felt swept away by every moment of that show.”

 

 

Cherry Jones in Doubt

 

"Ten years later I’m still searching for words..."

 

 

Rachel Bay Jones in Pippin

"It's two hours into the play before the audience even meets her and within 15 seconds she’s stolen the show.”

 

 

Hairspray

 

“The show had just opened and I waited three separate days to get standing room tickets. On the third day I finally snagged the last pair. I’ll never forget Harvey Fierstein say, 'Hold mommy’s waffles.' That evening was non-stop glee.”

Once

 

"I loved it so much, I saw Once twice. I felt like my emotions were exploding out of me. One of the most talented casts I’ve ever seen on Broadway."

 

 

Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Spelling Bee

 

"He was so good in this show I felt compelled to send him a message on MySpace telling him so. I’m sure he’s held on to it."

 

 

 Thoroughly Modern Millie

 

"I saw this original Broadway cast the day after I moved to New York City. There couldn’t have been a more perfect show for a kid from Arkansas to see when he first moved to the big city. It made me feel like everything was gonna be okay."