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‘Southern Comfort’ Annette O’Toole Talks Favorite Theatrical Performances

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Mar 21, 2016 04:27 PM EDT

Annette O’Toole is a bona fide living legend. There is known question about that. However, there is a question about who living legends look up to. Recently, Playbill asked the Southern Comfort star about some of her favorite experiences as a theater goer. Check out the report below for a taste of O’Toole’s favorite performances that she has seen.

Despite his objections, Annette O’Toole added her husband Michael McKean to her list of favorite performances, writing:

“I saw my Michael disappear into the character of Arthur P, proprietor of Superior Donuts. I watched him play this part at Steppenwolf and at the Music Box many times, but each time he became a man I did not know--broken, lonely, quietly drowning.”

Another performance on her list of great theatre going experience was the famed Audra McDonald in Porgy & Bess, as O’Toole added:

“Audra is the gold standard. This performance moved me so much that I was a wreck for days afterwards. She was Bess, but she was Every Woman, too. And my God, that voice. I adore her.”

And lastly, what list of favs can be complete without Angela Lansbury? Not O’Toole’s because she added her to it, writing:

“I saw Dame Angela play Mame at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles from the nosebleed seats (all I could afford). She was spectacularly wild, sexy, and everything I always wanted to be. She still is.”

You can check out Annette's full list here.

Annette O'Toole can currently be seen in Southern Comfort at The Public Theater.

What do you think of Annette list? What are some of your favorite experiences as a theater goer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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