Jon Robin Baitz
When I was dragged on stage on the opening night of Other Desert Cities on Broadway by Joe Mantello, that was pretty wonderful, especially because I felt like we, as a company, had done the whole thing the right way!
The whole adventure of doing End of the Rainbow in the United States, from the plane coming over here, going to Minnesota in the freezing cold, bonding with my fantastic cast, then coming and meeting all the great people at the Belasco Theatre, and then completely living the dream of working on Broadway and living on 42nd Street. I cry nearly every day.
You know, getting nominated for a Tony Award for Peter and the Starcatcher is still one of the most amazing feelings. It's not the first time it's happened to me, but that kind of luster never goes away. It really has been an amazing year getting to work on both Peter and Smash, even when I was doing them at the same time. I psychologically decided that these were both such awesome and amazing things that it would be a disservice to everybody else in this community if I ever complained about what was happening to me. So I decided that I would just move straight forward and move ahead and somehow I was able to do it, with flying colors, I guess.
Obviously having a drink thrown into my face three times by Anjelica Huston on Smash is pretty much a high point, or three high points, of anyone's career. We had a great time doing it, and I hope I get more of those next season. I think I deserve them. But I think my character, Jerry, is gonna get her back. Don't you think so - or am I the only one?
There's a lot. I loved being in The Importance of Being Earnest. I loved being in Sons of the Prophet. The first movie I was ever in premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. And I met my girlfriend last year on my birthday, March 21, singing at Birdland -- and that's been going strong ever since!
I think it was probably the opening night of Bonnie and Clyde on Broadway, because it was the first time I ever starred in a new musical. It was wonderful to finally reach that point in my career.
I would have to say our first preview of Newsies at the Nederlander. We had such an incredible night with the invited dress rehearsal, and we had this incredible energy that night, but you can never be certain that's going to be the same reaction you get from a paying audience.
I think it was the day that Newsies and Peter and the Starcatcher were announced to go to Broadway. In the exact same day, I realized my brother Andrew and I are going to be on Broadway in the same season. That was probably one of the best moments of my life so far.
That's an impossible question for me, but I will say the experience of being in The Lyons on a daily basis and to hear the audience explode into laughter when my husband says to me "I'm dying" and I say "I know dear, try to be positive," and to hear the audience understand that moment is an ultimate moment for me. And that's due to Nicky Silver's great writing!