Broadway/Theatre/Opera Chickens

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by yesmaster, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    I've mentioned in a few threads now being in rehearsals for a show (which one of you chicken's guessed the title of just from a quote) and I know that a few of you also have music degrees or a passion for theatre. Not sure if we already have a theatre thread but I thought I'd start one.

    I've been listening to NPH singing my favourite song from Company on repeat today.

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    There is just something about this performance that can make me stop whatever I am doing and have a good cry.
     
  2. I love this piece. I heard a Broadway performer sing it when I was in high school and I bawled. No one understood why, but there's passion in this piece. NPH does an amazing job of conveying that desperation to care and love and live here.

    Glad you started this thread, ym. I could talk music/theatre for days!
     
  3. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    I also don't know what it is about the song. The lyrics are nice, but not exactly thought provoking. It is all about the delivery and the meter and the urgency. It is just so desperate and sad, but powerful at the same time.

    Just for fun: What is your ultimate dream role?
     
  4. I would never get this role because I don't have the body for it, but Cio-Cio San from Madama Butterfly.

    I also really loved playing Marceline in Le Nozze di Figaro. She's such a wench and a comic role. And she pretty much verbally bitch slaps Susanna.

    I'd also love to sing in pretty much any Wagner opera (except the "I hate Jews" ones).
     
  5. Doom&Sparkles

    Doom&Sparkles Chicken

    Random: my husband got me into opera and now he's created a monster. I saw Carmen via Met Live in HD last weekend and am trying to see as many performances as I can this year. I was actually able to go to the Met last year, and it was So Cool. I am so impressed and envious of anyone who can sing opera.
     
  6. I wanted to see Carmen last week! Seriously thought about it, but didn't want to go alone. Next one, I'm getting to!
     
  7. redredrose

    redredrose Chicken

    Doom, Carmen is one of my favs. I don't care if it's done to death.

    Also, to address a few PPs, the lyrics to "Being Alive" are great. I guess in the grand scheme of ~*Sondheim*~ they are not the what some others are ("The choice may have been mistaken, the choosing was not." got me through a breakup."

    Bobby has spent the entire show (and his life) keeping everyone at arms length. He's THE commitment phobe.

    And at the end the walls come down, and he decides he's ready to let someone in, and it's scary, because it means selflessness and the potential for hurt, but he's willing to take that chance. I LOVE these lyrics.

    Someone you have to let in. Someone whose feelings you spare. Someone who, like it or not, Will want you to share
    A little, a lot


    Need me too much! Know me too well!

    He WANTS it. I think "Somebody LET me come through" encapsulates the feeling of "I want to love someone besides myself, I just need the chance to do it."

    Also I think there is a rich activeness to the words "Being Alive" as opposed to "living." It is a distinct difference, and a choice on Bobby's part to put himself out there.
     
  8. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    I loooooove Carmen! I listen to Act Four at work all the time. It makes my heart melt.

    Dream roles: The Narrator in Joseph, Mama Rose in Gypsy, The Baker's wife in Into the Woods, Netta in Pagliacci

    I am currently doing Yum-Yum in The Mikado, which is a lot of fun. The character is an idiot and doesn't have a lot of great lines, but the music is so much fun. The kid who is playing Nanki-Po is 19. I feel like such a creep-o when I have to kiss him.
     
  9. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    I was such a Broadway nut as a kid. I wanted to be a Broadway actress and had my roles all picked out. First - Mary or Martha in The Secret Garden, then Belle in Beauty and the Beast, then the female lead in Crazy for You. When I discovered Les Mis, I was done with all the rest. Obsessed with Les Mis.

    I grew up about 2 hours away from NYC with parents who were big on experiences - we got tickets to shows for holiday gifts. When I was in third grade, they woke me up and said they were keeping me out of school, my grandparents were coming to watch my sister (two at the time) and the three of us went into NYC to see The Secret Garden (with Mandy Patinkin!) and then we ate dinner at Top of the World in the twin towers. One of my favorite kid memories.
     
  10. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    I went through a big Mandy Patinkin phase last spring. He is so good.

    The girl from Crazy for You is Polly. She is super cute. She doesn't really get to tap though, and with it being such a big tap show I would feel left out. :lol:

    My parents are big theatre lovers as well, they met doing a show. Actually, T and I met doing a show also. When I was a kid the big thing was Phantom, so we went to see that several times. That was a lot of fun, even though I didn't really understand the plot until I was older. My Mom used to do chorus work with a couple opera companies so I also would go see operas when I was very little (my Dad had to read the subtitles to me). It's funny how some parents now are so concerned about the violence and sex their kids might be exposed to on television, I was watching murders and suicides and love scenes from the age of about 4. I turned out just fine. Maybe it is different because it is "cultured". lol.
     
  11. Oh I do love Les Mis. I wanted to play Fantine so badly! Also, I wanted to be Jo in Little Women. I listen to "Astonishing" on repeat on hard days.
     
  12. Doom&Sparkles

    Doom&Sparkles Chicken

    Haha, I went alone! They also showed a rehearsal of the next one (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and it looks soo good. I reserved my tickets just from seeing the one behind the scenes snippet.

    I love Met Live in HD.
     
  13. Oh I do love The Barber of Seville! Berta's aria is one of my favorites to sing! As a general rule, I don't go to anything with a large crowd on my own. I have really awful social anxiety and it just doesn't end well.
     
  14. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    Sometimes the MET live stuff airs on Bravo a couple months later so I watch it on TV. A lot of it is also on youtube.

    Unscientific poll: I'm thinking of auditioning for Little Shop of Horrors in the next few weeks. I am the right age and look for Audrey, but I can't help but feel like being one of the narrator girls/urchins would be much more fun. Thoughts?
     
  15. My advice: always audition for the role you think will be the most fun! Many times, I have had the right fach/look/whatever for something like a lead role, but found it was much more fun to play a different role. Example: I was asked to audition for the title character in Cenerentola, but I loved the shrewish nature of the stepmother character. I got that role and had so much fun with it. Best decision I've ever made.
     
  16. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    You're right!

    I auditioned once for a G&S version of Cinderella and ended up being cast as one of the step-sisters. It was so much fun! I had just as much stage time and singing as Cindy, but got to actually put character into my role. The one step-sister was the comic releif, really stupid one and I was pure evil.
     
  17. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    I went to a production of Cinderella as a child where the stepsisters were men in drag. Went wildly over my head.
     
  18. Yep! Same experience n Oklahoma! Everyone thought I should be auditioning for Laurey, but I said I'd audition for Ado Annie and oh my goodness it was entertaining to play an airhead! I sing/act to escape myself. It's much more fun to play a character who's my total opposite.

    Shakes, I went to the Moscow Festival Ballet "Cinderella" in Lincoln last year. The wicked stepmother was (quite obviously) a man in drag and it was hilarious. It may have been my favorite part of the ballet.
     
  19. lrrr

    lrrr Role Model Staff Member

    My parents took me to The Secret Garden too. Still thought Cats was the best, because cats.
     
  20. redredrose

    redredrose Chicken

    This is an interesting outlook, and not without warrant, but I find that it goes so much deeper. The auditioning experience in opera vs. theatre is so vastly different, they could easily take up two separate threads. In classical singing, fach is traditionally the main focus, not only because of centuries of "That's the way we do" but because you can actually ruin your instrument singing inappropriate repertory. I am not a Wagnerian soprano. I cannot sing those lines and be heard over an eighty piece orchestra. My voice does not work that way. The past decade or so has seen some artistic progress in terms of character and type. We're (slowly) moving away from a (literally) blind judgement of appropriateness and beginning to consider the overall believability of the production. Luckily, there are so many wonderful singing artists out there right now who act their pants off. There will still be some limitations, however. An actual teenager will NEVER sing Juliet. Just ain't gonna happen ever.

    It's so fascinating to look at the careers of opera singers vs. musical theatre singers (having done both). In the theatre your resume is filled with work you have actually done. In opera you also include roles you know and are ready to do tomorrow. There's no showing up to rehearsal to learn the play. You're ready to go. I try to bring this into my work as a theatre actor. I know the things I'm really right for, that I'll be going in for a lot, and I make sure I'm ready for them.

    I find that in auditioning, type can be so subjective. There have definitely been moments where I thought "I think I'm actually right for THIS role instead." but in the end my opinion doesn't matter, and if the person looking to maybe give me a job wants to put me into the puzzle as a different piece, then I'm going to go into the room and give them the best possible version of that piece that I can. Just because I want to play a certain part, doesn't mean I'm actually capable of it, and knowing your strengths and limitations is a honest chat you have to have with yourself when it comes to making a career. In the end, I'm mainly interested in getting the job.
     
  21. Very true, red. They had a hard time placing my fach (still do) because I have the warm middle-range of a mezzo, but also the booming upper range of a Wagnerian soprano. This opens up a lot of roles for me and expands my limitations. Similarly with musical theatre, I'm not limited by vocal range. My mix and belt range are pretty expansive.

    I've had to have a talk about which roles I feel ready and right for as well, but ultimately it's up to the casting director. Despite my thoughts on which roles I should be right for. There are many shows I've done where I've ended up in the choir because quote "you're the only singer we had that could hit those notes comfortably." And that has been fine with me too. I have just found in my experience that when I have a choice to audition between two roles that I could comfortably play, I choose the one that seems more fun to me.
     
  22. deet

    deet Chicken

    I feel like I'm reading gibberish. I've never been into theater, sadly. I went to Les Mis once and fell asleep. I managed to stay awake at 12 Angry Jurors, once.

    Auditioning seems hella scary, though. Props to you ladies.
     
  23. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    Lots of good points red.

    I've only done chorus work in Opera, so I don't quite have the knowledge of principle auditions like some of you. I do have a funny musical theatre audition story for you. I was auditioning for Assassins, and after doing some research I knew I was only age appropriate for the part of Squeeky Fromme. She also had a very lovely ballad which would suit my voice nicely. I went in and sang my prepared piece (Tell me on a Sunday). Then they gave me a cold read which was a scene between Fromme and another woman (Sara Jane Moore). They asked which I would like to read for. I think my answer was "I am pretty sure I can only read for Fromme". They said okay and had me read it several ways. Then I was cast as Moore. She is supposed to be a 42 year old mother of five who was frompy and completely insane. All of her songs were rambling patter songs that I had never done before. I was completely shocked. The part was SO MUCH FUN to play though. They put me in a really henious costume with big hair and makeup, enough that I was unrecognizable. The craziest part was, I ended up really sick during the beginning of the run and lost my voice completely. If I had been cast as Fromme it would have been a disaster. But as Moore I just scratched out my lines and spoke my songs with the voice of an insane woman. It totally worked.
     
  24. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder


    Les Miz is a huge show to go see, especially if you aren't much of a theatre lover. It is longer than most, overly dramatic and has almost no dialogue. It's a lot to take in. In the right mood (and with the right casting) I could probably fall asleep too.
     
  25. redredrose

    redredrose Chicken

    You're very young, though, and your voice isn't what it will be in ten years. Most singers go through a period of "What is my voice?" You're definitely not alone.

    I will happily have fun in the ensemble for a paycheck, let's be real.

    Deet, Les Mis is, like, fourteen hours long. I would also take a nap. As for nerves? I went into the bathroom before my audition yesterday and gagged a little. I'm glad no one was in there. :no:
     

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