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Laura Benanti (The Most Happy Fella) Long time readers of this blog already know of my adoration for all thing LB. But she really made magic as Rosabellla in this Encores! triumph. What a gorgeous display of vocals and dramatic nuance! Imagine how great this already beautiful performance would be had it had a chance to evolve in a longer Broadway run...
Heidi Blickenstaff (The Most Happy Fella) Another one of my favorites ever, she turned in one of the best supporting performances of the past several years. Funny without going overboard, everything she did was perfection. And her chemistry with Laura (above) and Jay (below) was superb - a great BFF and a great love interest. Please do more great work in 2015!
Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway) I still remember sitting shell shocked at the conclusion of this atrocity. And I remember feeling good that I got to see one of the best performances of the season in spite of the crap storming raining down around it. He was smooth, funny, and blissfully low-key. Cordero is a true triple threat - just the kind of Broadway guy I like.
Linda Emond (Cabaret) She barely moves when she's on stage. Her face conveys more emotion than many actors manage with their entire bodies. And the whole experience was riveting. Her performance was part of what made Cabaret one of the best shows of 2014.