Actors with unique instruments have been in luck this season, as several Broadway outings have required specialty performances. Let’s begin with The Chest.
Not just any hunk will do for the role of factory boss Sid Sorokin in “The Pajama Game.” But Harry Connick’s retro style and toned pecs have made for the right appeal.
The show’s director-choreographer, Kathleen Marshall, says her star succeeds by straddling two eras. “Sid is a hero from another time,” she explains, “and Harry’s career has been spent singing classic songs and making them feel contemporary.”
Likewise, few actors have both the physical strength and vocal chops necessary to swing their way through the high-wire gymnastics of “Tarzan.” Star Josh Strickland has scored his Rialto debut for being able to belt high notes while performing aerial choreography, thanks to The Arms.
And then there are the niches that can only be filled by vets. Few thesps could carry a musical past the age of 70, but The Legs were front and center in “Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.” Even though it shuttered early, the tuner proved Rivera’s still got two of the most unique instruments around.