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re: I'm confused. Does anyone actually WANT to see opera stars perform musicals?
Posted by: NewtonUK 01:12 pm EDT 07/29/20
In reply to: I'm confused. Does anyone actually WANT to see opera stars perform musicals? - GrumpyMorningBoy 01:00 pm EDT 07/29/20

Well - MOST HAPPY FELLA was written for and sung by an opera singer, Robert Weede. Irra Pettina was an opera singer, and was quite terrific in CANDIDE. Ezio Pinza and Paulo Szot were both quite fine in South Pacific. Pinza also headlined the hit FANNY. Opera star Helen
Traubel was one of the stars of Rodgers and Hammerstein's PIPE DREAM.

Re these concert versions of musicals - they're CONCERT versions, with the NYPO. The point is to sing the music beautifully, less to create performances that work on Broadway. I thought that mezzo Stephanie Blythe was quite good in the NYPO CAROUSEL, and as far as Nathan Gunn goes - he's a terrific actor in opera - and having seen it live, thought it a much better performance than that of the Billy in the recent Broadway revival.
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