Laurie Beechman as the Narrator - Pharaoh Story - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
This is the late Laurie Beechman’s rendition of I dreamed a dream. Unfortunately she is not very famous for new Les Miz fan but for the old ones too. She played Fantine on Broadway for some months and on US tour too, but she is generally known to be the second Grizabella in Cats on Broadway, a role she played for more than 4 years. She has ovarian cancer twice and for more than 5 years: she was able to survive the first time but not the second and she died in 1995, when she was only 45. Please people, listen her singing I dreamed a dream and you can hear all her talent, all her perfection and her monumental talent: and when she sings I had a dream my life would me so different from this hell I’m living you can hear her thinking about her life and belts out the best rendition ever of this song.
Laurie Beechman singing I Never Danced With You from Lunch; A Modern Musical Myth (1994 Studio Cast Recording).
Please, take a moment to listen to this.
Why is it that whenever I see Kristin Chenoweth I get incredibly depressed? A once in a lifetime kind of artist, Ms. Chenoweth’s career seems to be stuck in limbo at the moment.
This powerhouse performer is a stage animal. Her mere presence can enliven even the dullest production. A verbal and physical dynamo, she evokes performers such as Dolly Parton, Madeline Kahn, Carol Lombard but scrambles their qualities, along with her own brand of daffiness to create something surprising and unpredictable. Her idiosyncrasies inform her artistry and make her unique, a trait that is sorely lacking on Broadway these days. in “Wicked,” she was able to put over groan-inducing, hackneyed jokes with such finesse that it made them seem funnier than they actually were.
It’s true, Ms. Chenoweth carries a certain amount of clout within the Broadway community, but the last show she starred in, “Promises, Promises,” was a complete waste of her talents, and her stage career seems to be hanging by a thread these days.
This is a sad commentary on the current state of Broadway and the American musical. Shows inundated with soft-rock scores, movie stars or pretty, bland performers with “American Idol” voices, Broadway has become an inhospitable place for an exquisite artist such as Ms. Chenoweth.
These days you’re likely to find Ms. Chenoweth in commercials or slumming it in some second-rate part in a movie or TV show. I couldn’t bring myself to watch “GCB” because it looked like a grisly retread of “Desperate Housewives.” And while Ms. Chenoweth is a fine film and television actress, her charms are oddly muted on screen.
I was horrified to see her as a panelist on “American Idol,” and even more dismayed by “GCB.” Now we have Ms. Chenoweth performing on a cruise…this is deeply depressing.
Ms. Chenoweth would most likely assert that these are all projects she is interested in, and I’m sure she is handsomely paid (we all have to bring home the bacon). But wouldn’t it be wonderful if Ms. Chenoweth could make a living solely in theater? It would be a gift to theater-lovers who still love the great American musical. Alas, between the dancing robots and leather-lunged Whitney Houston clones on Broadway, there doesn’t seem to be any room for the kind of artistry Ms. Chenoweth can provide.
Agree with some of this, but she has about 4 projects being written/produced with her in mind for Broadway right now (yes some have been going for a few years and could take a few more years), and she’s been doing a lot of amazing concert work, just not much of it in NYC where I’m guessing you’re based. I think the concerts show off her talents just as much, if not more than Broadway, it’s just that it requires some travelling to see (and I know quite a lot of us have been doing a lot of that!) The Hollywood Bowl in August was incredible (2 nights, 18,000 or so crowd each).
Presenting season 3 of TV’s Once Upon A Time.
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER
OH MY GOD.
OH MY GOD
Ladies and Gentlemen, we now present: Once Upon a Time for Dummies version 3.0
Some people have jobs where other people don’t clap for them. I don’t understand that.
We don’t think anyone would disagree that autumn is one of the most beautiful times to be in New York City. At least we know that we agreed with Garrison Keillor when he said “There are about four perfect days in New York every year… and all of them are in October.”
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