Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?

Sally Durant Plummer
Stand-by
joined:8/15/13
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/30/14 at 05:10pm
Hello,
I am looking for a good musical starring a powerful baritone. Kind of like the male version of EVITA, with about the same rage. I am primarily looking for shows that serve as star vehicles, but any suggestions would be great.
I know many shows, but have been unable to find one. There are many for women, such as EVITA, ANYTHING GOES, SONG AND DANCE, FUNNY GIRL, HELLO, DOLLY!, MAME, and MACK AND MABEL (though that is a star vehicle for both leading characters). For example, SOUTH PACIFIC has a great baritone role, with powerful, beautiful songs, but you really cannot compare his role with EVA's role. The closest I can find is LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, for ALBIN, with his show-stopping songs, 'A LITTLE MORE MASCARA", "I AM WHAT I AM", and "THE BEST OF TIMES". Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all in advance!
darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/30/14 at 05:21pm
Sweeney Todd would fit the list. It's traditionally seen as a powerful bass role, but the range is much less low than the tambre often is, and Sweeney sits on a climactic G# in Epiphany. As far as powerhouse baritone roles that have much of the show on their shoulders, that's one of the biggest.

The Producers has two baritone leads that carry the show as well.
ModernMillie3
Chorus Member
joined:9/23/13
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/30/14 at 05:32pm
Carousel, Billy Bigelow. A very powerful baritone is typically needed for the his part.
RoadGypsy2010
Swing
joined:7/3/10
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/30/14 at 05:59pm
Guido Contini in Nine is probably as close to Eva Peron in Evita for a male Baritone. But you still need a substantial amount of strong featured women. Sweeney, mentioned above. Bobby in Company, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Stone in City of Angels.
inlovewithjerryherman
Broadway Legend
joined:2/19/05
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/30/14 at 06:02pm
Man of La Mancha is the first show that came to mind for me.

Shenandoah also has a great leading man baritone role.
I'm an old show queen , and I'm not even 30.
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/30/14 at 06:40pm
Kismet
Kean
Updated On: 1/30/14 at 06:40 PM
Jon
Broadway Legend
joined:2/20/04
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/30/14 at 07:06pm
Kiss Me Kate.
chinto1984
Leading Actor
joined:8/6/07
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/30/14 at 07:11pm
Curly in Oklahoma is really a baritone.
philly03
Broadway Legend
joined:9/20/07
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/30/14 at 08:01pm
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Jill Santoriello that played Broadway in 2008. James Barbour's booming baritone on full display as Sydney Carton.
Kbradstein
Stand-by
joined:7/6/12
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/31/14 at 12:02pm
Bobby in company
henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/31/14 at 02:43pm
True, there might not be anything quite like Evita but there are many shows with major rich baritone leads, many of which have been mentioned, also The Most Happy Fella, On A Clear Day, Pajama Game, Threepenny Opera, etc.

Kiss Me Kate and Kismet are very much powerhouse baritone showcases. Promises, Promises is very much a star vehicle for the right rich baritone.
City of Angels has two commanding baritone roles for its star slots.

Stop the World... may be very much what you are looking for.









Updated On: 1/31/14 at 02:43 PM
The Distinctive Baritone
Broadway Legend
joined:8/28/04
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/31/14 at 04:00pm
Yes, Sweeney Todd, definitely (although the highest note in "Epiphany" is only an optional G natural, I believe, if you want to do "Nor a hundred can assuage me..." up the octave). Fred Graham/Petruchio, Don Quixote, Billy Bigelow, as previous posters have said...also John Adams in 1776...that's kind of it, unfortunately. And notice how none of these roles were written in the past couple of decades.

Bobby in Company is most definitely a tenor role. They lowered it for Boyd Gaines, but as written, it is pretty high.

I was about to write the title roles in Jekyll and Hyde, but in the licensed score, it's definitely tenor/lyric baritone territory.

Updated On: 1/31/14 at 04:00 PM
darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/31/14 at 04:06pm
These roles disappeared, because a specific kind of voice disappeared. The "stout voice" or "doughty voice," which not only caries a strong low resonance and a thick vibrato, but no suggestion of youth. A profoundly adult, middle-aged kind of voice.
The Distinctive Baritone
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Shows For Male Baritone Powerhouse?
Posted: 1/31/14 at 04:19pm
Well, the voice didn't disappear - I'm an old-school baritone, for example. But my hypothesis is that the public's desire to hear that kind of voice - instead of a lighter baritone or tenor sound - has waned, thanks to modern pop music.