Performers You Used To Like, But Now...Not So Much.

Patti LuPone FANatic
Broadway Legend
joined:3/4/06
I hope my Friend of Dorothy card is not revoked, but I'm starting to not like Ethel Merman. Whenever I listen to her on Sirius XM on Broadway, her voice is coming across as annoying. I mean, I used to like her strength and power, but there's really not much variety in her musical approaches. I understand her appeal and all throughout the years, but Ethel's voice is now more of an irritant than anything else. from RC in Austin, Texas
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Idiot
Broadway Star
joined:10/9/10
Confession: LuPone's book made me like her a tiny bit less.
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
Tony Vincent. Not after his JCS twitter bashing.
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Emmaloucbway
Broadway Star
joined:10/16/11
Morgan James, but I never REALLY liked her. The worst was after the Into the Woods incident.
broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
Agree re: Tony Vincent. He used to be one of my favorite young actors and now he's gone off the deep end and I haven't liked him in much recently (including that awful appearance on the Voice.)
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
I was a huge Sutton Foster fan during Little Women (I know. I was twelve.) but now I think I'm bored with her.
I leave the room smiling.
Roomba
Swing
joined:11/8/12
Came here to say Sutton Foster but was beat to the punch. I used to be enamored with her, and now I'm just "meh" on her in terms of being surprised.
givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
I was never a huge Sutton fan, but I certainly was a much more enthusiastic audience than I am now. Anything Goes was a disappointment for me, and I'm kind of just over her whole ~dorky~ persona.

I also used to be a huge Bernadette Peters fan, and no longer am.
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FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Madonna.
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TonyVincent
Broadway Legend
joined:2/25/08
Agreed on Tony Vincent. Chose my username after him in my ignorant youth. Soured on him during his shrieking episodes on the Voice, and my disillusionment was only confirmed with Twittergate.
eatlasagna
Broadway Legend
joined:10/6/04
I agree with givesmevoice on Sutton... I mean I still like her but not as much.. same goes for Kristin Chenowith for the same reason...
ggersten
Broadway Legend
joined:5/11/06
Idina Menzel
Was neutral about Matthew Broderick, but now, don't like.
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
The Pone.
I was pretty crazy about her years ago, but then she became a shrew to work with and a broad caraciture of herself.
I want the old girk back.

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BroomstickBoy
Broadway Legend
joined:11/21/04
Kristin Chenoweth.

I believe she has a wonderful voice, and I loved her on Pushing Daisies and GCB, but not much else. And she has ruined her face with all the plastic surgery.

She looked her best between the Kudisch and Wicked years.

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SNAFU
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/04
Namo made me LOL!
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After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
Mark Rylance.

Excellent in Boeing-Boeing.

Obnoxious Tony Award speech.

Fussy and self-conscious in La Bete and Jerusalem.



Updated On: 12/5/12 at 08:40 AM
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
I have similar feelings re: Rylance. BOEING-BOEING felt like a breath of fresh air. Then LA BETE seemed like tired schtick. And JERUSALEM was more feat of endurance than performance.
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Roscoe
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
Mark Rylance. Saw him in London do RICHARD II, marvelous. Saw him in Brooklyn do MEASURE FOR MEASURE, marvelous. Saw BOEING BOEING, marvelous. Then LA BETE, then JERSUSALEM, and I'm not sure I'd bother seeing him again.
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madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
Matthew Broderick. Although he was terrific in his guest role on Modern Family, I don't like much of his recent work. And he was such a terrific young actor.
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artscallion
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/07
Kristen Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters. I used to be a huge fan of both. Now I think they're overused...and in all the wrong parts.
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EponineAmneris
Broadway Legend
joined:5/25/06
Sad to see Matthew, Patti, Bernadette and Kristin's name in this thread

But to answer the thread... As much as it (sort-of) pains me... Idina Menzel. Perhaps now that I am older and can REALLY listen and pay attention, her terrible technique and "one-trick pony" style is, well... boring.
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Mattbrain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/23/05
I'm sure Mr. newintown has a list a mile long.

There that's my dig out of the way.

In all seriousness, I'll start with the ones most people have brought up the most, namely Patti. I still enjoy her in performance but when she's bitching about the sound system in theaters in interviews, it's like, "Just man up and take a damn Tylenol."

As for Tony...yeah, Twittergate.

Never even got around to liking Morgan James. Heh.

One that most people probably won't bring up is German musical theater actor Uwe Kroger. He was like THE number one star in Germany and Austria years ago but around '08 or '09 or so...he blew out his voice. And he's still tryin' to keep up his career. And it's sad.

Can't respect Hunter Foster and Jen Cody too much these days. Or Christopher Seiber for that matter.

John Lloyd Young...need I say more?!

Natascia Diaz...all you have to do is read her quote in The Theater Will Rock and/or look at her Facebook page to know she is a nightmare to work with and totally full of herself.

With Sutton, it was the complete opposite for me. I don't like Millie or Little Women but she started to grow on me after Drowsy. Even enjoyed her in Anything Goes.





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Updated On: 12/5/12 at 10:02 AM
Wynbish
Broadway Legend
joined:4/27/12
Adam Pascal

I was young. I was foolish. I was a huge Aida fan and wanted my Radames.
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
Maybe if I worked in the performance/production sphere of theatre I'd feel differently, but I don't think I've ever stopped liking a performer because of their personality. I try to separate talent from personal behavior.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
" I'm sure Mr. newintown has a list a mile long."

Bitch.

I can only think of 2, and they were already named - Bernadette and Chenoweth. I don't hate 'em, I just don't enjoy their performances as much as earlier. Chenoweth has become pretty shrill and hysterical, and Bernadette is resorting to over-acting to mask an aging voice.

So - ha! You're negative list is longer than mine.
jdrye222
Featured Actor
joined:5/28/11
I have tons of them, but just a couple ---

Sutton Foster - loved her in MILLIE and thought she was boring in everything since.

Michael Cerveris - great in ASSASSINS, but now he's almost embarrassingly bad in EVITA

Liz Callaway - as she gets older, it's more and more clear she can't act AT ALL, even while singing and sounding glorious

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