mrdreamjeans: At concert in Sugar Land, TX, January 2017 (Default)
Since it's the end of the year, I've been making a few lists, but not checking them twice. I've been listening to my Sirius radio Broadway channel non-stop as I've spent quite a few hours in the car traveling for the holidays. I started thinking about how fortunate I've been in my theater career, as I'll be cruising along and suddenly listening to Larry Kert, Robert Goulet, Patti Couenhour, Leroy Reams and others; they're folks I've worked with or met, singing songs from shows where they created the roles. It takes me back and it makes me reflect on the richness of my experience, though I've always been a side player.

I've been surprised by some vocals I'd not heard before. Who knew that Pat Suzuki, star of the original "Flower Drum Song", had such a stunning voice as she exhibits in "I Enjoy Being a Girl"? The same could be said for Yvonne DeCarlo singing "I'm Still Here" in "Follies". In recent weeks, I've come to appreciate the truly wonderful voices of John Raitt and Alfred Drake. Some folks like Barbara Cook were vocal stunners in their youth and continue so today; others like Mary Martin, Gertrude Lawrence and Patricia Morrison, part of the original "Kiss Me Kate", are pitchy and grating, hard to listen to decades after they recorded their performances.

So, here are a few random lists I've made ... favorite scores (different from favorite musicals) ... favorite musicals or plays to watch as an audience member ... worst productions viewed as an audience member ... favorite musicals or plays in which I've appeared ... I'll save the worst experiences for my memoirs:) I think some folks who know me pretty well will be surprised by some of my omissions. My lists are composed from choices that immediately struck me. If you take time to read the lists, I'd love to hear from any theatre-loving folk. Send me your choices ... your agreements or disagreements ... Hell, write a list! I'll enjoy reading it!

The Lists ... )
mrdreamjeans: At concert in Sugar Land, TX, January 2017 (Default)
Since it's the end of the year, I've been making a few lists, but not checking them twice. I've been listening to my Sirius radio Broadway channel non-stop as I've spent quite a few hours in the car traveling for the holidays. I started thinking about how fortunate I've been in my theater career, as I'll be cruising along and suddenly listening to Larry Kert, Robert Goulet, Patti Couenhour, Leroy Reams and others; they're folks I've worked with or met, singing songs from shows where they created the roles. It takes me back and it makes me reflect on the richness of my experience, though I've always been a side player.

I've been surprised by some vocals I'd not heard before. Who knew that Pat Suzuki, star of the original "Flower Drum Song", had such a stunning voice as she exhibits in "I Enjoy Being a Girl"? The same could be said for Yvonne DeCarlo singing "I'm Still Here" in "Follies". In recent weeks, I've come to appreciate the truly wonderful voices of John Raitt and Alfred Drake. Some folks like Barbara Cook were vocal stunners in their youth and continue so today; others like Mary Martin, Gertrude Lawrence and Patricia Morrison, part of the original "Kiss Me Kate", are pitchy and grating, hard to listen to decades after they recorded their performances.

So, here are a few random lists I've made ... favorite scores (different from favorite musicals) ... favorite musicals or plays to watch as an audience member ... worst productions viewed as an audience member ... favorite musicals or plays in which I've appeared ... I'll save the worst experiences for my memoirs:) I think some folks who know me pretty well will be surprised by some of my omissions. My lists are composed from choices that immediately struck me. If you take time to read the lists, I'd love to hear from any theatre-loving folk. Send me your choices ... your agreements or disagreements ... Hell, write a list! I'll enjoy reading it!

The Lists ... )

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