The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread
Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:10 AM
Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:36 AM
She does sound a little strained at parts but I guess her voice is tired from rehearsals etc. I am sure she'll improve with time and experience. She was an excellent Glinda.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:36 AM
I totally agree that I would never expect her to riff on her first performance, and would probably think it a little over confident if she did.
However, in terms of the belts, they are part of the score. There's no denying that she can belt, particularly in the lower register, but to me she doesn't have a Tucker-style natural ability when it comes to those high belts. I was reminded of Idina Menzel in some places, and not always in a good way. That said, it was far from painful on the ears - I guess more just worrying for her long term voice prospects, and I admit I found it hard not to compare with Tucker who always made those notes sound so easy.
I guess she could settle into the role and all that could change, but I suspect that her actual voice won't change that radically. If she wouldn't give her all on her first night, when would she? That said, it's not really that massive a problem as long as she is careful with her voice. Those parts which seem to trouble her only form a small part of the score, and I'm sure there will be plenty of people who will love her Elphaba regardless, new and long time fans alike.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:49 AM
She sounds incredible! Can't wait to see her
ooh and For Good is there too.Wow.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:51 PM
WEST END: Wicked X2 | Legally Blonde X2 | Lion King X1 | Cats X1 | Starlight Express X5 | Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat X1 | Les Miserables X5 | Oliver X1 | Woman in Black X1 | Phantom of the Opera X2 | Rock of Ages X1 | Shrek X1 | Sister Act X1 | Sweeney Todd X1 | Cabaret X1 | Street Scene X1 | La Fille a la Mode (Haymarket) X1 |
FRINGE: The Glorious Ones | The House of Bernarda Alba (LaChiusa) | Daybreak | After The Turn | RENT | Pippin | Floyd Collins | The Man On Her Mind | Marguerite | Taboo |
ON TOUR: Jekyll and Hyde X1 | Starlight Express X1 | Cabaret X1| Phantom of the Opera X1 | Les Miserables X1 | Phantom on Ice X1 | Miss Saigon X1 | Whistle Down the Wind X1 | Oliver X1 | Chess X1 | Grease X1 | Summer Holiday X1 | Annie X1 | Cats X1 | Of Thee I Sing X1 |
RSC: Much Ado About Nothing X1 |
Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:10 PM
The simple answer being "when her voice settles" - after four weeks of almost solid rehearsals none of the principals are going to be on top form vocally, plus at the moment with the understudies still being rehearsed I suspect everyone is playing it safe. At this stage in any role, an actor will be trying to find the character much more so than trying to develop a new riff which will be compared instantly to everyone else. Vocal acrobatics can come later, for now, let everyone settle.
PS - this is not directed at acapella specifically at all, however it was a well worded question to answer and cover a couple of points :-)
Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:24 PM
Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:33 PM
At the end of the day, the good thing about any production such as Wicked is it allows all actors in these big roles the chance to do something completely different to their predecessors. I suspect Louise actively does not want to do anything like Rachel did character wise as Elphaba (though after acting opposite her for the best part of two years, that is probably harder than it sounds to escape from), but we'll see how she settles. Until they hit media night they are effectively in their preview period .
Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:39 PM
Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:42 PM
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