THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Mamma Mia! Star Judy McLane Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
November 7, 2012

Playbill.com's new 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 actress Judy McLane, who is currently heading the cast of the long-running Broadway hit Mamma Mia!



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

 

Once On This Island

 

"One of my favorite theatrical experiences of all time. I threw socks at the TV in my living room when it didn't win the Tony."

 

 

Bernadette Peters in Sunday in the Park With George

 

"I don't think there are enough adjectives to describe it!"

 

 

Julie White in The Little Dog Laughed

 

"Julie White in The Little Dog Laughed was like a whirling dervish onstage delivering her lines with wit and clarity. I was exhilarated after it. I can only imagine how she felt."

Victoria Clark in The Light in the Piazza

 

"Her depth and simplicity singing 'Dividing Day' took my breath away. Inspiring performance."

 

 

John Malkovich in Burn This

 

"I remember how dangerous it felt. His character was a fireball of energy, funny and unpredictable. I was in awe of the freedom he had onstage."

 

 

Peter and the Starcatcher

 

"Pure joy! I took the ride from start to finish. It was fantastic storytelling from the whole ensemble."

 

 

 Zoe Caldwell in Master Class

 

"Zoe Caldwell in Master Class was funny, passionate, vulnerable and had a commanding presence. She was truly exquisite."

 

 

Katie Finneran in Noises Off

 

"Brilliant physical comedy. I saw the show three times. She made draping on furniture into an art. "

Elizabeth Franz in Death of a Salesman

 

"She broke my heart. Understated and beautiful."

 

 

 Patti LuPone in Gypsy.

 

"Well, I guess, in anything. I'm a huge fan. Her 'Rose's Turn' made the case for musical theatre. When the emotion is so heightened, singing is the only way to express emotion."