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Who are your Favorite Broadway Riffers?

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I got to interview the iconic Alice Fearn and asked her where those UNREAL riffs came from!! She is everything. Who are your favorite riffers on Bway? (I'm gonna ask Ben Fankhauser to come on too!) 

https://youtu.be/Wph0ZiFsCi0

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Posted: 9/8/20 at 4:27pm
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Posted: 9/8/20 at 4:29pm
Alysha Umphress!
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Posted: 9/8/20 at 5:21pm
Shoshana Bean is a real virtuoso. And her riffs never feel gratuitous to me.
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Who are your Favorite Broadway Riffers?#5
Posted: 9/8/20 at 7:53pm
Iconic, excuse me?

Garland is iconic. Midler is iconic. Audra is iconic. Streep is iconic.

I've never heard of this woman before this thread, so I browsed her on YT. I can't determine if I slightly cringe because she sings so unhealthily at times or if the riffs she does feel totally out of place for the character and moment in the show.

Shoshana Bean: Most consistently appropriate riffing. She doesn't let it overshadow the character and it almost always feels right for not only the moment, but what her voice is capable of naturally doing.


Updated On: 9/8/20 at 07:53 PM
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Posted: 9/8/20 at 8:19pm

OMG yes the QUEEN. 

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Who are your Favorite Broadway Riffers?#7
Posted: 9/8/20 at 8:21pm

KingOfTheMine said: "Alysha Umphress!"

OH YES. Her Simple Joys of Maidenhood riffs are everything. 

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Who are your Favorite Broadway Riffers?#8
Posted: 9/9/20 at 5:10am
shoshana bean is the correct answer
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Who are your Favorite Broadway Riffers?#9
Posted: 9/9/20 at 6:28am
Shoshana Bean really is the very best when it comes to riffing. Her vocal control is insane, and her riffs are extremely precise without ever sounding grating or excessive.
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Posted: 9/9/20 at 7:25am

TiMurray said: "I got to interview the iconic Alice Fearn and asked her where those UNREAL riffs came from!! She is everything. Who are your favorite riffers on Bway? (I'm gonna ask Ben Fankhauser to come on too!)

https://youtu.be/Wph0ZiFsCi0
"

WTF is Alice Fearn?!

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Posted: 9/9/20 at 10:36am
In terms of iconic riffs, wasn’t much of Idina’s music in Rent and Wicked formally rewritten around her riffs because they became so much a part of how the show sounded initially?

But beyond that, Shoshana Bean is a tough act to follow, especially on the Godspell “blue album.”
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Posted: 9/9/20 at 3:28pm

darquegk said: "In terms of iconic riffs, wasn’t much of Idina’s music in Rent and Wicked formally rewritten around her riffs because they became so much a part of how the show sounded initially?

But beyond that, Shoshana Bean is a tough act to follow, especially on the Godspell “blue album.”
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Oh yes. when it comes to riffs it really is Bean, Bean and nothing but Bean! 

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Posted: 9/9/20 at 6:09pm

TiMurray said: "I got to interview the iconic Alice Fearn and asked her where those UNREAL riffs came from!! She is everything. Who are your favorite riffers on Bway? (I'm gonna ask Ben Fankhauser to come on too!)

https://youtu.be/Wph0ZiFsCi0
"

Google the definition of iconic please...

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Who are your Favorite Broadway Riffers?#14
Posted: 9/19/20 at 10:03pm

Shoshana Bean, Cynthia Erivo, Mykal Kilgore, Alysha Umphress, Jessica Vosk, Alex Newell are just a few of my favorites... I cannot wait to see them all on stage again!

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Posted: 9/20/20 at 6:52am

I find it myself each time more appreciative of composers and riffs more and more off-putting, especially because people who do them start doing it once or twice until their whole artistic expression is based on riffs. They seem to lose every hability to sing the notes as they were written.

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Who are your Favorite Broadway Riffers?#16
Posted: 9/20/20 at 8:37am

I blame AMERICAN IDOL for giving this riffing nonsense a platform and giving birth to young singers believing this creative choice was the true definition of singing talent. It was hilarious the amount of YouTube artists that surfaced where every single lyric was riffed. Shoshana Bean and Jennifer Hudson are the only artists to master this where it isn’t a distraction. Jessica Vosk seems to have a career due to her crowd-pleasing riffing as her voice is a generic singing voice. Today’s audiences are post-AMERICAN IDOL, so they’re from the era where riffing equates to amazing singing. No, it camouflages weakness. When you get to a difficult spot vocally, you riff.

A sampling of what today’s generation assumes singing is:

 

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Posted: 9/22/20 at 12:21pm
How has Lillias White not been mentioned yet?!
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Posted: 9/22/20 at 1:15pm

A.J. said: "How has Lillias White not been mentioned yet?!"

Lillias White vocally embellishes, she doesn’t riff.  Big difference.  

 

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Posted: 9/22/20 at 1:33pm

Morgan James is another great singer who employs riffs often. 

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Posted: 9/22/20 at 1:33pm

Edit - Double post

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Who are your Favorite Broadway Riffers?#21
Posted: 9/23/20 at 11:30am

Alysha Umphress for me as well. I still can't believe she wasnt Tony nominated for On the Town. 

And for everyone who enjoys some good riffing, Vishal Vaidya does an annual "Rifftober-fest" throughout October on his insta.

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Posted: 9/23/20 at 9:41pm

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