best opening sequence: sunday in the park with george. i don't even wanna give away the lighting and set magic of this production. you should really see it. i know theater is pricey, but if you are under 35 get on hip tix. (thanks to angela for the scoop) $20 tickets!!! the seats are decent, in the mezz. i would be surprised if sunday in the park doesn't win the lighting tony.
most versatile: jenna russell as dot and grammie marie. the inflection of her singing really brings out the comedic chops she infuses whether as a disappointed love interest or immobile grandmother. here is her playbill bio for background on this broadway newcomer:
Jenna Russell (Dot / Marie). Broadway debut. She has played many leading roles in the West End, most recently Amy in the revival of David Hares Amy's View, directed by Sir Peter Hall; Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park With George (Olivier Award, 2007); and Sarah Brown opposite Ewan McGregor in the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls directed by Michael Grandage (Olivier nom., 2006). Other theatre includes leading roles at the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Donmar Warehouse and Royal Court. Her extensive television credits include “Born and Bred” (four seasons), “On the Up” (three seasons) and was recently killed by a Dalek in “Dr. Who” (all BBC).
can you guess who shar will be rooting for best female lead in a musical?