Magical Moments on Stage in 2015


There were many worthwhile moments in the shows I saw in 2015. The most memorable ones were not always exciting or transcendent or beautiful, although some were — such as the ship with Kelli O’Hara gliding far out from the proscenium in “the King and I” or Cynthia Erivo singing “I’m Here” in “The Color Purple.”  Other moments, though, were shocking, or funny, or insightful, or downright creepy, such as Daphne Rubin-Vega’s climactic moment in “Empanada Loca.”  What made the moments magical was that they seemed to share a quality unique to live theater — the feeling that something rare is happening right in front of you, and just for you,  even though (you know but refuse to absorb) it is reenacted for audiences in much the same way eight times a week.

Click on any of the photographs to see them enlarged and read the extensive captions that explain the captivating stage moments.


Links to reviews and more photographs of the shows whose moments I list above:

The King and I

On The Twentieth Century

Spring Awakening

Once Upon A Mattress

The Color Purple


Fun Home

The Nether

Empanada Loca



A View from the Bridge

Amazing Grace

Happy Days

An American in Paris

Fiddler on the Roof

First Daughter Suite

The Odyssey

It only takes a moment
For your eyes to meet and then
Your heart knows in a moment
You will never be alone again



Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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