Trilingual Defying Gravity (German/Dutch/English) - Willemijn Verkaik
Okay but if you don’t think Willemijn Verkaik is talented I need to have sit-down heart to heart with you.
This woman has performed Wicked in three different languages and in four different countries. This recording right here? It’s live. She’s effortlessly shifting from German, Dutch, and English and back again. First by verses, and then with every phrase. I may not be a professional, but I’m pretty damn sure that the language you’re singing in changes the way you need to sing.
As a foreign language student I’m in awe of that. Totally in awe.
And then we need to talk about that perfect voice. Never in my life have I heard someone sing so beautifully. This woman’s voice is indescribable. Her voice soars. I don’t know enough about singing to give her the credit she deserves, but she deserves it all.
Linguistically and vocally (don’t even get me started on her acting or how wonderfully she treats her fans) this woman is perfection.
In general this woman is perfection tbh.
This past Wednesday (March 5), my mother and I went to see the new Phantom of the Opera US tour on its first night in Columbus, Ohio. I have very mixed feelings about this production. There are some things that I enjoyed, many things that I disliked, and on the whole, I felt that this “spectacular new” tour failed to live up to the standards set by the “Brilliant Original” in the West End and on Broadway.
After the jump read my detailed review of this production. I wrote extensive notes during Intermission and on the drive back to my parents’ house, and then I compiled these notes into my review.
Thank you so much for this excellent, in-depth review! I enjoyed reading it (well, enjoyed might not be *quite* the right word…). ‘Amen’ to your entire ‘final thoughts’ section. Phantom is such a subtle, nuanced story; it really really needs to have people behind it who understand and appreciate that. :/
On a costume-related side-note, it’s interesting to me that they still haven’t made their minds up on the Red Death mask—this is the *fourth* time since the beginning of the US run that I’ve heard that they’ve switched between the gold full mask and bedazzled half mask (someone even mentioned a gold *half* mask at one point). There was a lot of switching around with the Gaston costume and bits of the original Red Death in the UK run, as well, so I really wonder what’s going on.
Other than the fact that obviously the original was perfect and they never should have messed with it in the first place.
The lyric change in WYWSHA has actually been a thing for a while - this video of Meredith Braun in (I think?) 2000 on the West End includes those alternate lyrics.
However, the rest of what you’re describing sounds inexcusable. I’m all for nonreplica or nontraditional productions of PotO - the Vegas production was spectacular and the RAH production, while closer in tone to the film, did preserve the essence of what makes Phantom so fantastic - and this just seems disgustingly bizarre.
98% of this image is pure badass
Then there’s Armstrong’s little hair loop.
Are you suggesting the Hair Loop, which has been passed down by the Armstrong family for generations, which has survived countless battles and remained perfectly coiffed, is not a testament to the ELEGANCE and STRENGTH of the Armstrong legacy?!
Vimes wakes up in the shadow of a barricade and immediately assumes the worst. But then it turns out this Enjolras lad’s got all the good parts of Ned Coates and Reg Shoe with very little of the bad, and his second-in-command reminds him a little of Dr. Lawn, and it’s funny, but he gets the feeling this revolution might work out after all.
Javert, meanwhile, finds himself drawn quite against his will into a discussion of the finer points of the law with one Captain Ironfoundersson…
(You can blame this thread for the nonsense above! Don’t ask me how the timeline works, it went all wibbly-wobbly for comedic purposes, okay. ALSO LOOK, A CROSSOVER THAT DOESN’T END IN TEARS!)
through the whole movie i really felt like me and this guy had a lot in common
For those for you that have seen the Lego movie, here are the bloopers :D
No one seems concerned enough about this song.
Untitled Self Portrait from The Lego Movie
English - Tenth Anniversary Concert
Hebrew - Israeli Production, 1987
Spanish - Los Miserables 2010 Madrid
English - 25th Anniversary Concert
Japanese - Red Cast
French - 1991 Paris Revival
Japanese - Blue Cast
English - Original Broadway Cast
English - 25th Anniversary
English - Tenth Anniversary Concert