THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Nominee Karen Akers Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
February 19, 2014'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 Broadway and cabaret favorite Karen Akers, a Tony nominee for her performance in the original production of Nine, who will be part of The Broadway Musicals of 1915-1939, which kicks off the 14th season of the Broadway by the Year series Feb. 24 at 8 PM at Town Hall.

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

Jefferson Mays in I Am My Own Wife and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

"Jefferson works miracles on stage - and who isn't seduced by a miracle?"



Alec Guinness in Dylan


"With little fanfare, he simply blew me away . . . '"


 Raul Julia in Nine


"He had it all - the presence, the charm, the total commitment - and 
possibly the sweetest husband I've ever had, on stage or off!"


 Frank Langella in King Lear


"A memorable performance in so many ways - in particular,
I will treasure the image of Lear as he cradled Gloucester in his arms . . ."



 Michael Cerveris in Sweeney Todd and In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play


 "Michael simply disappears within whatever character he plays - I can rarely find a trace of him." 



Vanessa Redgrave in Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Year of Magical Thinking

"She is always riveting, valiant in her search for the truth at any given


Phillip Boykin in Porgy and Bess


"It's hard for me to imagine a more convincing or 
terrifying Crown. And, in person, no one could be sweeter!"


 Philip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman


"Perhaps because he knew that
people were likely to consider him too young for the role, he worked very hard at
understanding the underlying emotions, and for me, he succeeded brilliantly. Now that he is
tragically lost to us, this performance is all the more precious."

Zoe Caldwell in Master Class


"A commanding performance if ever there was one!"



Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night


"This man is ridiculously gifted - I will do whatever I 
can to never miss what he brings to New York. His performance was sheer bliss from start to finish!"