I guess what is difficult about the Merman recording for me is to my ears it sounds like a rather straight interpretation of the score. It seems like over time to play Rose you need to make her sound more desperate or angry or emotionally-heightened (not sure if that is even a phrase), whereas Merman seems to be from a different time where it was sufficient to just sing the score well as written without too much on top. I call this ‘on top’ acting but acknowledge some might c
The movie soundtrack obviously can’t be the ‘definitive recording’ because of the awful singing and cuts (personally I think the movie as a whole worked - but it was Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd not just a direct stage to screen transfer).
However, one thing I must say I love about the movie soundtrack is the orchestrations. Listening to songs like ‘Worst Pies’ ‘My Friends’, ‘Epiphany’ or the Final Scene I find the orc
I personally consider the LuPone recording as a whole the 'definitive' recording for me - but I alternate with the Bernadette recording when I want to hear something a bit different.
"This Rose, like Ms. Peters in the part, has to work hard to make things happen for her. It doesn't come naturally, as it so famously seemed to for Merman. Watching this production, if you've seen any other version of the show before, you may find that the shivers, laughs and
Are we sure the orchestrations are completely original? I haven't spent the time to sit and listen side-by-side but it does sound like I'm hearing things for the first time and I wonder if that's because we are indeed hearing things for the first time. For example, when I listen to "No Life" the orchestrations are so interesting - much more pleasant than I remember ever hearing on record before (something I didn't really notice in the theatre though).
Don't worry Jordan - I also did think Ashford (is that her name?) was a little bit plain - especially next to Jake and especially considering Bernadette in the role. I will admit there was some nice numerous moments in her second act, but the pairing still seemed a little off to me. I kind of wish they had found someone else.
It will be a long long time before we have another "pink"-type moment on Broadway. Certainly not happening in that high school musical CFA or Groundhog Day (as much as I enjoyed it). This show was pure class and there was a great desk of professionalism going on here. I feel blessed to have seen it.
I'm surprised they're not charging Hamilton prices for Bernadette Peters, the Greatest Star of All. Out of respect I hope every other show goes dark on Jan 20 and again on the Dolly opening night. It would be rude not to.
I just love this musical so much. It manages to have some ultimate diva fan service (see: Hello, Dolly!) but manages to also explore some very serious and important themes (I particularly like the ideas around coping with adversity, complex relationships between the two lead males, mother/son relationships and the shame of not being a heterosexual/gender-conforming male). I DON'T think the show manages to capture a particular political or national context well (if I recall correctly this
Former Australian Elphaba Jemma Rix has released a studio recording of "I'm Here" from the Color Purple on her debut album "Gravity". If you have an Apple Music subscription you can go and listen for free right now.
I don't think white women have enough 'soul' in the timbre of their voice to pull this one off (ignoring the racial subtext, which no doubt will concern some). It sounds like the song has been bleached (no pun intended). &n
I wonder if the show is performing at or just slightly below its nut - to the point where holding out and having a few very strong weeks can make up for any marginal loss during this time. I don't quite understand who would be putting up/pouring money into this week after week if it was really performing terribly?
In our shallow world I can't help but wonder if Maggie is being held back by her looks (or lackthereof). She isn't ugly but by Hollywood standards she isn't a beauty. And that's tough - people always talk about discrimination based on race but for some reason we don't care about the potentially even more significant variables: beauty and age - particularly if you're a woman.
Normally I'm not one to entertain false-risk or weakness but as discussed at this age falls can be very serious, causing chronic injuries, incapacitation and even death. And as mentioned, sometimes the effects of falls may not be known immediately. It's not as if the fall was a ripped chorus boy.