Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by MrMidwest 2012-04-20 10:30:08 In honor of Ms. Kuhn returning to the New York stage, here's a thread to celebrate her tremendous talent. Please share your favorite clips, photos, and memories of seeing her perform.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by madbrian 2012-04-20 10:41:33 Here she is singing Tonight with Larry Kert
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2012-04-20 10:50:00 I remember when "Pocahontas" first came out, there was a screening in Central Park. And on GMA that morning, Judy was appearing live to sing "Colors of the Wind."
While she sang (brilliantly--and it was 8:00 in the morning!)they showed clips from the film, then ended with a nice closeup of Judy. And then the camera pulled back to a long shot of the park.
And just as they were going to commercial, you could hear Judy, unaware that her mike was still on, saying "Oh . . . my . . . GOD!"
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-04-20 10:51:55 I've listened to 'Colors of the Wind' and 'Just Around the River Bend' since I was little and I still do to this day. Her voice is beautiful.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by once a month 2012-04-20 10:54:15 Enjoyed her in Chess and Les Mis and I adored the ALW medley with Audra and Marin. Her reign as QUEEN OF THE GLUMS continues with Passion.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by henrikegerman 2012-04-20 10:55:08 And then there is her marvelous Styne c.d.! I really wish she had stayed with She Loves Me or at least that I had seen her in it.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2012-04-20 10:59:27 I love that CD, henrik; my favorite track is "Who Are You Now?"
I was lucky enough to see her in "Les Miz," "Rags," and "She Loves Me." I was surprised at how deft she was with the comedy. It was a lovely performance.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by PalJoey 2012-04-20 11:28:45 And don't forget her "Rags"!
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by henrikegerman 2012-04-20 11:54:04 Reginald, I heard she was a superb Amalia and I've also heard she's very nice. I saw her in Les Miz and Chess. And thinking of her returning to NY, I'm reminded that I saw Judy in Encores' delightful Strike Up the Band (very funny David Ives adaptation), with Bosco, Cheno, Danieley and Lynn Redgrave, all sensational. Judy's "The Man I Love" and "Soon" were, as one would expect, exquisite. Unfortunately, I don't believe it was ever recorded.
re: the Styne c.d. - I love her "Who Are You Now?" and I'm crazy about her "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry."
As I write I'm listening to Serious Playground, her Laura Nyro c.d.. Never heard it before. It's gorgeous.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by morosco 2012-04-20 14:09:35 First time I experienced her voice was on that Tony broadcast when she sang RAGS. I remember being blown away.
Some singers can't help but reveal how hard they are working when they sing. Judy makes it all look and sound effortless.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by bk 2012-04-20 18:38:23 Judy is as good as it gets - a superb interpreter of song and a terrific actress. Funnily, when I agreed to make the She Loves Me album it was because of her. Then I was told she wouldn't be staying (she would go to LA to do Sunset Blvd.) and I still tried to do it with her, but everyone felt we should have the cast that was doing the show on Broadway, and that's what happened.
I'd already worked with her several times by then, and I felt bad that she hadn't gotten to do the She Loves Me CD, so while she was out here doing Sunset, we made the Jule Styne album.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2012-04-20 19:30:34 bk, it's a wonderful album, start to finish. So congratulations--and thanks!
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by twinbelters 2012-04-20 21:25:48 I love her like pancakes, and was fortunate to see her twice in As Thousands Cheer. So glad to hear she's back on stage.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by PalJoey 2012-04-20 23:45:16 I love that Jule Styne CD.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by henrikegerman 2012-04-21 09:13:18 Did anyone see her as Olga in Bartlett Sher's Three Sisters in L.A.? As I recall, she got great reviews.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by followspot 2012-04-21 10:15:28 Looking forward to her Fosca. :)
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by My Oh My 2012-04-21 20:09:48 So glad I caught her twice as Betty Schaffer in the Los Angeles production of Sunset Boulevard. I was already very familiar with her work and was /still am a huge fan of her Cosette in Les Miserables, and that was just from the cast recording since I've never seen her do the role live onstage. She has one of those voices that make you want to sing along!
Did anyone see her when she took over as Fantine in the so-so Les Mis 'revival'/ extended 3rd national tour engagement?
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by jakebloke 2012-04-21 23:35:54 I saw her play Fosca at the Kennedy Center a few years ago. I thought she was brilliant. She added just a touch of humor to the character.....very different than Donna Murphy.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by Owen22 2012-04-22 00:07:12 I saw her in Sher's "Three Sisters", she was wonderful...but, unless I'm getting really old...I remember seeing it in Seattle...
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by henrikegerman 2012-04-22 09:53:00 Ah, thanks. I may have been wrong about it being in L.A..
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by tazber 2012-04-22 18:38:46 I love her too. She's also wonderful on the Metropolis recording (although the recording itself is very poor quality).
Also, I recommend seeking out the King David recording. Her solo, Never Again, is beautiful.
Time After Time is my favorite from the Styne cd.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by EponineAmneris 2012-04-22 20:35:33 I have always been a very big fan of hers.
Cosette, Florence... Two of my fave.
She is an amazing performer.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by TheatreFreak05 2012-04-22 23:44:25 Great to hear so much love for Judy! In my opinion she's one of the most underrated broadway actresses ever. Will always be my favorite Florence :)
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by MrMidwest 2012-04-23 08:36:29 I really love that performance of Nobody's Side from the Chess concert. It's better than the version on the recording, imo.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by MrMidwest 2012-04-25 11:44:17 I didn't see Kuhn as Fantine, unfortunately, but here she is singing I Dreamed a Dream at the White House in 1988: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYEJqZQOsHg
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by doodlenyc 2012-04-25 12:52:15 She has one of my favorite voices ever, I mean ever! And her range is huge, both as a singer and an actress.
Rosa Bud Bella Cosette Florence Maria/Futura Amalia Betty Schaeffer Fantine
Bella and Cosette couldnt be more different in both character and vocal range...in one season.
Now, I need her to add another character to that list:
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2012-04-25 13:13:07 Oooooooh!
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by benrimalower 2012-04-25 15:06:30 Love, love, love her.
I made this video about it for Jeffery Self's web series:
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by MrMidwest 2012-05-21 14:16:24
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by MrMidwest 2012-10-26 13:20:41
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by HOUFlip04 2012-10-26 13:39:21 Did anyone see her as a board member on ELEMENTARY last night?
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by WithoutATrace 2012-10-26 13:44:39 Yes, I noticed her immediately!
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by sondheimboy2 2012-10-26 15:25:23 I'm surprised that no one has posted this yet:
(The song is so cheezy that you could serve it in a fondue pot, but I loved it ever since a friend of mine in Scotland sent it to me on a cassette, back when the show came out. I'd love to hear two guys sing it.)
I remember that she was supposed to take over for Maria Friedman in "The Woman in White", when Maria got ill, but the show closed before that happened. I was no big fan of "Woman" but I was sorry that Judy never got to play it.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by Jim Colyer 2012-10-26 20:03:06 Judy Kuhn is cool. I met her in 1969.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by Mildred Plotka 2012-10-26 22:27:41 I adore her Jule Styne CD. Always lamented her absence on the She Loves Me recording. Her Laura Nyro CD is also fantastic. Her slow tempo "Stoney End" is heartbreaking.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-10-26 22:30:00 I'm watching Elementary right now and loved seeing Kuhn, even though she needed a bigger role.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by Melissa25 2016-04-24 12:18:57
I needed to bump this because I woke up today thinking about my favorite musical performer. This video is such a treasure that it belongs in this love thread.
Judy Kuhn Love Thread Posted by cliffordbradshaw2 2016-04-24 13:26:32