Thursday, May 26, 2011

The 30-Day Musical Theater Song Challenge, Part 4

I came across this challenge on Facebook and thought I'd give it a try. By now, it should be no secret that I'm an avid fan of musical theater, which is not the case for many people in this country (and it's easy to understand why). If you're a Broadway junkie like myself, then my 'repertoire' is yours to sample. Otherwise, you're in for some 'new' music to... add to your playlist, perhaps?

Note: The instructions say to post this on your 'Wall', one song per day, but since we're in Blogger, I'm having it my way.

A song sung by your favorite male singer in a musical.

"I'M ALIVE" from Next to Normal
by Aaron Tveit

Before anything else, I'd just like to say that this is not a definitive answer for me, since I actually have a lot of favorite male singers. But here is Tveit showing off the beautiful tenor that he is in a song that Broadway first heard him sing, the anthem of Gabe Goodman (who's existence is highly questionable, if you know what I mean) in Next to Normal. I once read online that in choosing the actor for Gabe, the casting directors looked for someone who possessed the voice of a 'child', and that Tveit's vocal comfort zone actually lies in that stratospheric zone.

Felix Rivera was a 'creeptastic oedipal weirdo', as a reviewer described his performance, in the March 2011 Manila staging of the musical, a thrilling supporting performance that stood on its own without overshadowing the leads. Although I did find his singing and acting voice weirdly smaller than usual at times (whether its him or the sound system's anybody's guess).

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