May 6th, 2009

Pippin 03

First, a BIG thank you.. everyone for your supportive comments in my post below about my crazy car incident! Thankfully my car seems to be working fine and it seems the folks who checked my car were right, it was my battery - let's hope, anyway... :)

On a completely different note,... I've been trying to fit in a mini-stop over in LA during my next trip to Sacramento with Mark in a few weeks. We're going there for my dear friend's wedding, but there is a very compelling... UMM... Michael reason for me wanting to make the short stopover that weekend. I'm hoping that Hawaiian won't charge us an arm & a leg to change our flights - I'd love to be able to catch some theatre while we're there. :)

Speaking of which, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my favorite theatre performers recently. I recently did one of those "Pick 5" things on FB and it got me thinking about my favorite theatre performers and WHY their talent stood out so much to me... And I really believe that it all comes down to their strength as an actor. Though 2 of my 3 choices below have GORGEOUS voices, I think my favorites below really prove that...
  • Michael Arden - aside from having a beautiful voice, Michael has SUCH an amazing stage presence and SUCH charisma!! It's true that I've always thought he was adorable - ever since seeing him in BWW photos years ago, but I didn't become a true admirer of his talent until I saw Pippin and I could see for myself what INCREDIBLE talent he has! What I truly love is that Michael's SUCH a strong actor and will ACT out his songs (and not just sing them.) CLICK HERE to see what I mean! And really, it was his strength as an actor that set him apart in my mind from all the other theatre performers that I'd ever seen and it's what will keep me wanting to see him in shows.

  • Kevin Earley - best lyric baritone I've ever heard in my life! The power of his voice is just amazing... he had me at "Molasses to Rum" ;). Also true is that I find Kevin to be an OUTstanding actor as well. Seeing him in Applause reminded me of that - which was one of his greatest acting roles, I think (besides Rutledge in 1776). He, like Michael above, never sings the songs, but ALWAYS acts them out. I remember one of my favorite performances I've ever seen of him was the first year he performed at the Arboretum when he sang "Gus, the Theatre Cat." Cats was never a show I cared to see (or hear selections from) but I adored his rendition and LOVED the "old cat" voice that he used in his song. Like Michael above, his acting is what truly sets him apart from other theatre performers that I like and is what will keep me going to see his shows - no matter how far away they are.

  • Thomas Sadoski - who is a recent favorite of mine, but who absolutely won me over with his AMAZING performance in reasons to be pretty. The thing I think that got to me the most about his performance was that it was SOOO understated, yet brought SO MUCH depth to a role that (in anyone else's hands) I could've cared less about... He turned a pretty unsympathetic character into an achingly beautiful character study. You can actually see in his eyes and hear in his voice the change and growth in his character as the show progresses. His final scene was perfection... he's absolutely one of the most talented actors I've seen in a long time!
I have SO many more theatre actors who I adore, who I could rave about for their great voices or their good looks :), but these are the three actors I feel REALLY have longevity in the business and who truly have a special gift and who are definitely not just pretty faces. :D

Enough theatre rambling... My apologies for boring you all with it... I'm off to catch up on your entries and get some sleep. :) Please wish me luck on being able to change our travel plans tomorrow without spending too much... :) If it does, by some miracle, work out, I'll be thrilled! Hugs to all! :)
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