Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:20 AM
Sort of new here. I made this topic to discuss the sadly forgotten West End performer, Martin Smith, who died in 1994 and was very popular in the time before his death.
He played many roles, including Marius and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Stine in City Of Angels, Che in Evita, and the Phantom in The Phantom Of the Opera for an incredibly brief period at the end of 1989. He was also on countless cast recordings for shows, and released a solo album a year before his death entitled "Martin Smith & A Handful Of Keys".
I run a website dedicated to his memory:
In Memory of Martin Smith
Did anyone ever see him in any shows in the 80's/90's? Specifically I'm interested in his Phantom. He was fired due to "vocal inconsistency" after around 2 months of being with the show, and there's no currently circulating "document" of his performance other than a couple of pictures.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:39 PM
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:45 PM
He didn't have any sort of lung problems, he did have AIDS but that doesn't affect voice much.
Martin Smith was untrained and Phantom was pretty much the most vocally challenging role he had taken on at that point (yes Valjean is also a difficult vocal role, but the difference is Valjean has high notes occasionally whereas Phantom you get up there and STAY up there).
So I think it just wore him out to a point where he couldn't sing it anymore each night.
At any rate, to anyone who saw him in his shows I encourage you to submit reviews or comments on his performances on the website right here:
There's a forum at the bottom you can fill out, and I will take care of publishing it onto the site!
Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:32 AM
Not entirely true.
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