Perhaps it's *inconsistent*, but she has a stellar voice. I will admit I never saw her live in the original run, but in videos and on the recording I think her voice sounds fantastic. Whether you like the voice or not compared to other options is another debate, but I know actors with "decent" voices who couldn't come CLOSE to what Close did let alone being able to even take on that score every night, or even once for a recording. Meryl has a decent but not stellar voice. Close has an excellent voice. Buckley has an amazing voice.