Jennifer Laura Thompson, a Tony nominee for her performance as Hope Cladwell in the original Broadway production of Urinetown, is currently bringing great depth to the role of Cynthia Murphy in the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre. Thompson, who boasts both a soaring soprano and a powerful belt, has also been seen on Broadway in Footloose, Wicked, Lend Me a Tenor, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Here, the acclaimed actor details the performances that most affected her as part of the audience.
Howard McGillin in The Mystery of Edwin Drood
This was my first Broadway show. I loved the entire production. It is what sealed my desire to pursue a Broadway career. Howard’s charismatic performance stunned me.
Christian Borle in Peter and the Starcatcher
Seeing my dear friend, whom I knew to be a tremendous performer already, actually blow my mind with unabashed wit and hilarity was unforgettable.
Amber Gray in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
This entire production was beautiful and hypnotizing. Those are also the words I would use to describe Amber’s performance.
Sherie Rene Scott in Aida
What a smart, funny, moving performance. She’s a knockout.
Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Masterful in every way.
Kelli O’Hara in The Bridges of Madison County
Her voice was transporting, and her honesty and vulnerability were palpable. I love her.
Annaleigh Ashford in Dogfight
She can do anything! She was as brilliant in this show as she is in every other.
Stephanie J. Block in Falsettos
I’ll never get over the power of that voice and the powerhouse performance she gave in this production. Gorgeous and vulnerable.
Javier Munoz in Hamilton
A brilliant performance in a brilliant show. His performance was dripping with charisma and strength. Intoxicating.