Between February and May, I have A LOT of theater visits coming up, and I'm thinking of all the performances I'm looking forward to. I made a list of them all, then agonized over which 5 male and 5 female performances were the ones I was looking forward to most of all. This week, my Friday 5 features the top actors I'm looking forward to most.
THE FRIDAY 5:
THE TOP MALE PERFORMANCES
JEFF IS LOOKING FORWARD TO
5. JOHN RIDDLE: FROZEN
John Riddle in Frozen is the "perfect storm" for me. I find the actor to be captivating - that mysterious smile, the triple-threat talent (did you see him in The Visit?), and, well, he's very good looking. But I am just as interested in the character he'll be playing - the handsome, dashing, duplicitous and downright evil villain of the piece. That plot twist gets me every time!
4. ANDREW GARFIELD: ANGELS IN AMERICA
I find Andrew Garfield to be much like John Riddle. I mean, he's got it all - he's adorable and talented in a variety of ways. I missed him in Death of a Salesman. I'm thrilled I won't be missing him in this epic role. I love it when movie stars come to Broadway and bring more than just their name.
3. ISAAC POWELL: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Is there anything more exciting than being there at the start of a brand new, sure-to-be-great career? That's exactly why I can't wait to see Isaac Powell as the privileged and ill-fated Daniel. And to see him with another up and comer, Hailey Kilgore, is the icing on the cake!
2. ARI'EL STACHEL: THE BAND'S VISIT
I can't quite put my finger on why Ari'el Stachel is on this list. After all, there's so many things I'm looking forward to when I see The Band's Visit later this month. But there's something about him that stands out - one of those actors who draws your eye, and you find yourself watching them, even when they aren't the focus of the scene. Nonetheless, his is the performance (along with Katrina Lenk) I am most excited about!
1. JOSHUA HENRY: CAROUSEL
I've long admired Joshua Henry, from his thrilling turn in American Idiot to his touching powerhouse performance in Violet, and his tour de force leading role in The Scottsboro Boys. Now I can't wait to see what he does with this iconic leading role in Carousel. In a cast of Broadway standouts, his part in this has the potential to make history. I can't wait to witness his brilliance again.
What do you think? Did I miss any that would be on your list? Am I way off or right on target? Let me know via Twitter - @jkstheatrescene (#Friday5) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JORDAN DONICA: MY FAIR LADY
Can't wait to hear his voice tackle the classic "On the Street Where You Live." enough said!