TBT: The Ultimate Christine Ebersole Showtune YouTube Spiral
August 31st, 2017
by Josh Ferri
Let’s lose ourselves in the majesty and one-of-a-kind talent of two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole. The stage and screen star is currently giving a Tony-nominated performance as Elizabeth Arden in the new musical War Paint. Her 11 o’clock number “Pink” is mandatory viewing for any true theatre fan.
Scroll on to look back at Christine’s theatrical career via YouTube clips. Obvi, we're kicking it off with her epic, Tony-winning performance as Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens.
“Around the World”, Grey Gardens
One of my favorite Christine video performances ever. That level of commitment should be every actor’s goal.
“Two Peas in a Pod”, Grey Gardens
It’s the music and I’m it’s hapless victim.
“Another Winter in a Summer Town”, Grey Gardens
Praise hands to infinity.
“The Revolutionary Costume for Today", Grey Gardens
Iconic moments in herstory.
“Shadow Waltz”, 42nd Street
Christine won her first Tony Award for playing Dorothy Brock in the revival of 42nd Street...clearly.
“A Quarter to Nine”, 42nd Street
”I Cain’t Say No”, Oklahoma
Find me a better version of this song on YouTube….I’ll wait.
“Not a Day Goes By”, Merrily We Roll Along
Ebersole singing Sondheim. What more can you need?!
“As If We Never Said Goodbye”, Sunset Boulevard
I know we just had a Sunset revival last month but I’d see Christine as Norma tomorrow if it were an option.
“The Saga of Jenny”, Lady in the Dark
Christine Ebersole’s gift really lies in selling the lyrics. Yes, her voice is wonderful, but the way she performs a story song keeps the audience on the edge of their seat for the next lyric.
“Adelaide’s Lament”, Guys & Dolls
Dreams do come true. Get ready for that “when they get on the train to Niagara” at 2:15.
“Age of Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine”, Hair
Another gem. If you told me my day would include Christine Ebersole singing “Aquarius” with an a cappella group, I would not have believed you.
“Blow Gabriel Blow”, Anything Goes
What’s especially fun here is that Christine’s War Paint co-headliner Patti LuPone played this part in the revival, and it’s a treat to hear Christine take her turn with it.
“If He Walked Into My Life”, Mame
Christine played the title character in Jerry Herman’s musical to great acclaim at Paper Mill. Just let her break your heart for 3 minutes and 58 seconds.
“My Best Girl”, Mame
One day I hope to see a Christine Ebersole drag queen performing “Pink” but wearing an imitation of this gown. (Spoiler: it might be me.)
“Something Good”, The Sound of Music
What a missed opportunity for young Christine not to star in a revival or touring production of The Sound of Music. Just beautiful.
“Before I Gaze at You Again”, Camelot
After Oklahoma!, her first big leading lady role was Guinevere in the revival of Camelot opposite Richard Burton.
“How Are Things in Glocca Morra”, Finian’s Rainbow
“Send in the Clowns”, A Little Night Music
Ok, there’s no video, so close your eyes and let it wash over you! Artist at work here, people.
“Will You”, Grey Gardens
And one more Grey Gardens.
Don't miss Christine Ebersole in 'War Paint' at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre or in her solo show at Feinstein's/54 Below this fall.