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Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by ReggieonBway 2012-12-05 15:26:06


Thought I would make an opposing thread, one that's a little more positive :)

Mine is Jeremy Jordan. The first time I saw Jeremy was at the Paper Mill in Newsies, and aside from his incredible belt I wasn't too enthralled with his voice. Then I caught him in an audition for a revival and discovered that his classical side is incredible. I've also grown to love his pop voice outside of Newsies.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by AC126748 2012-12-05 15:30:18


Kelli O'Hara struck me as not much more than a bland ingenue for a long time, but she's proven herself a bit more eclectic and interesting recently.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by PurpleFanta 2012-12-05 15:37:05


There was always something about Celia Keenan-Bolger that just irked me, and I never really cared for her. But after seeing her in Merrily We Roll Along and Peter and the Starcatcher, I have totally changed my mind. And now I'm really excited to see her in The Glass Menagerie.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by Idiot 2012-12-05 15:39:18


Digging waaaay back to the seventies, Liza Minelli bothered me to no end. Once I got used to her presentation, I started to appreciate her. Now I find her more of a deserving legend than camp. That woman COMMITS.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by broadwaybabe1234 2012-12-05 15:43:02


I didn't love Laura Osnes for a while but now i think she is a very talented soprano.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by qolbinau 2012-12-05 15:56:51


I thought Sutton Foster was boring in WHISTLE, and one of the more insightful comments on the forum "(Luckiest chorus girl in the world)" really rings true for me. But I enjoyed her a lot in ANYTHING GOES.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by little_sally 2012-12-05 16:28:28


I've had a change of heart on Celia as well after seeing her in Peter. Same goes for Christian Borle.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by BroomstickBoy 2012-12-05 16:49:39


Jeremy Jordan has a classical side?

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-12-05 16:57:06



Chad Douglas, maybe?

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by FindingNamo 2012-12-05 16:57:36


I had no rational reason for disliking Christian Borle but I have loved him since going on the Angels in America journey with him.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by GlindatheGood22 2012-12-05 17:09:56


Patti. I became a fan after I heard, "He supports you..."

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by BroomstickBoy 2012-12-05 22:13:43


I never had a dislike for him, just didn't pay much attention to his work or whatever, but since the Evita revival I cannot get enough of Max Von Essen.

I think I'm in love.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by eatlasagna 2012-12-05 22:29:20


Matt Bogart... I find his voice to be quite intriguing now... before it just used to bother me

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by newintown 2012-12-06 10:02:16


I didn't like Jessie Mueller much in Clear Day or Into The Woods, but liked her much in Edwin Drood. Go figure.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by SonofRobbieJ 2012-12-06 10:18:09


I disliked THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE to such an intense degree, that I it bled over into an intense dislike for Sutton Foster. But, I've grown to love her. A lot.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by doodlenyc 2012-12-06 10:47:24


Laura Benanti. I disliked her so much in Nine, and hated her interpretation of my favorite song that I just didnt get why she'd been nominated for Tony awards. She was out of Into the Woods when I saw it.

I was upset she was cast in Gypsy. Then I saw it at City Center....twice.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by ReggieonBway 2012-12-06 10:54:29


"Jeremy Jordan has a classical side?"

Haha, yep :) There's a recording of him duetting with Laura Osnes on her Cafe Carlyle CD on Anything You Can Do. He has this fabulous rich vibrato-filled voice that I didn't realize he was capable of.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by castlestreet 2012-12-06 10:59:57


I had soured on LuPone for the longest time, but after seeing her in Gypsy and then twice at 54 Below I can't help but love her!

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by OKBroadwayFan 2012-12-06 11:21:49


Bernadette Peters---when I first saw her on TV and movies in the early 80's. Felt she was really mousy.
NOW----I adore her. Loved her in Follies and in A Little Night Music.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by Bettyboy72 2012-12-06 11:28:59


Used to abhor Patti-Gypsy and WOTV brought me around."Invisible" from WOTV is a master class in telling a story through song.

I sometimes forget how gorgeous Laura Benanti's singing voice is because she is so sexy and funny. But damn, she's got pipes!

I used to hate Constantine until oddly enough I saw him in ROA. He has dymanic stage presence and can sings his nuts off. He's quite the performer.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by ajh 2012-12-06 11:36:15


JULIA MURNEY! She is such an unconventional, idiosyncratic, one-off talent (and look). Am not sure at which point the scales fell from my eyes and the plugs fell from my ears, but now I embrace the fact that she is not some cookie-cutter diva, and I love her enthralling voice, fearless acting and off-beat beauty. It is such a joy to be proved wrong (sometimes).

Although I wouldn't say that I disliked him as such, my attitude to Justin Johnston changed drastically after seeing him as Roger in the recent off-B'way RENT. Having enjoyed his (somewhat generic but thoroughly committed) Angel in the final B'way cast, I thought it was madness for him to be going into the new version as Roger. Again, a delight to be proved wrong: he was a tortured sensation, redefining the role for me and eclipsing all the previous Rogers I'd seen (including Adam Pascal).

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by Nettik 2012-12-06 12:13:16


Kristin Chenoweth. I've never been a fan of the bubbly blonde personality, and thought she was a one-trick pony when my only exposures to her were YAGMCB and Wicked.

Then I heard her classically-trained work ("Glitter and Be Gay" comes to mind) and I was instantly a fan.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by mamaleh 2012-12-06 12:54:33


It took me a full minute to realize that YAGMCB means YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. Just "Charlie Brown" would have been clearer.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by Auggie27 2012-12-06 13:54:22


David Hyde Pierce. I think he'll do great work into his old age.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by aaronb 2012-12-07 17:30:34


Anyone who kind of sucks but redeemed themselves with a knowing cameo on EXTRAS.

Performers You Used to Dislike, but Now... not so much
Posted by Mattbrain 2012-12-08 10:22:00


Said it on the other one but I'll say it again...Sutton Foster. Right when I thought she was getting completely overrated, (maybe because I find those Millie and Little Women overrated) she went and did Drowsy Chaperone and I became a believer.

Also really came around with Laura Osnes. She's really come a long way since her Grease days!