Joy Hermalyn as Fruma Sarah in the 2004 Revival Cast Recording of Fiddler on the Roof

Talk about technique. Joy Hermalyn has it. Listen to her natural “old style Belt/legit Belt” happening in this. It is beautiful. I’m obsessed. Her voice and Belt is so thick and meaty. Sadly, it is something we don’t get to hear too often these days. She also flips stunningly and gets this wonderful lyric tone to her. For the technique side of her voice listen to how well "NIGHT" is Belted, I would say. It has a slight mix to it, but I’d call it a “true” Belt. It’s stunning. You can imagine the smile and all the teeth showing she’s using to get the placement and sound of it. And the spin on it. WOW. It sounds like no effort is being used at all. Brava. I’m obsessed all over with her and her voice. Sadly I can’t find more recordings of her in anything. But really, what a beautiful Belt she has. Why can’t more people have this sound and tone to them these days?

I’m The Greatest Star - Barbara Streisand’s Final Broadway Performance - December 26, 1965 -Soundboard

I think it’s time to finally share this gem. Ladies and gentleman this is the original Fanny and how the song is sung. With Glee’s version released there will soon be love and obsession I’m guessing. Just remember Barbra was long before Glee, the movie, and others. Enjoy this oldie yet brilliant recording and performance. 

Beautiful Cast Recording

Ok, so it’s really, really, great and I love it. However it was mastered and mixed really strange. The sound is overall really flat. It almost sounds compressed and narrow. And almost too clean sounding. Also the ensemble sounds very thin, narrowed, and artificial in the back. Most cast recordings have an “open” sound to them (not as much as older ones) but this one doesn’t sadly. I’m guessing it was mastered and mixed for a popularity of awful iPhone earbuds or cheap sound-docks. Not for large stereos or high quality earphones. Or mixed for more of a “rock/pop” sound due to the fact it is that type of show. May I say though I’m very happy there is basically no auto-tune on this cast album. While most of the vocals don’t sound “raw” they definitely don’t sound fake. Praise. The whole cast sounds fantastic though. High energy and up-beat music. I’m so happy this show and cast got captured forever. Thank you Sh-K-Boom. I can not say enough about Ghostlight (Sh-K-Boom Records) on their cast albums. They are recording a large majority of shows and producing fantastic work. I’ve bought their cast albums for years and never are disappointed. Their prices are great and it’s free shipping in the US! Go and buy the Beautiful Cast Recording and other cast recording to support them! 

Alice Ripley in the 2001 Revival Cast Recording of The Rocky Horror Show. 

Alice was in her prime here and she sounds absolutely amazing. Her belt is so strong and her mix towards the end of “Touch A Touch A Touch Me” is unbelievable. So great. What happened?

If you don’t have this Cast Recording go get it. You won’t regret it. Everyone on it is amazing.  

I have pulled the 2001 Revival Cast Recording of Rocky Horror out after not listening to it for about 5 years. My God. What a fantastic cast recording and what a strong cast. Alice Ripley was in her prime and had such a wonderful belt and mix. Raúl Esparza’s belt is nothing you’ve ever heard before. And I absolutely love Daphne Rubin-Vega in this show. Absolutely fantastic show and cast recording. 

You can learn a lot from this video

  • How to give a fantastic performance 
  • Character 
  • Focus 
  • Technique 
  • Everything 

Hedi is amazing. This performance is absolutely fantastic. Her voice and Belt are amazing and effortlessly shown. A wonderful actress of the stage. I can’t get enough. I am literally in aw and speechless. Stunning. 

I’m Your Man

Heidi Blickenstaff

John Meets Doe Cast Recording Release at 54 Below 

Has anyone been able to find a digital download of Big Fish Original Broadway Cast Recording? It was supposed to be digitally-relased today (February 7, 2014) but I can’t seem it find it anywhere. Anyone know where I can buy it? 

Praise. I finally got a copy. 

A Christmas Story The Musical! Tony Voters Promotional Copy 

It took awhile and I’ve been waiting awhile, but I finally got it. I’m so excited and happy. 

If anyone has The Promotional copy distributed to Tony voters of A Christmas Story with live soundboard tracks of You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out (O’Connor), When You’re a Wimp (Rabe), and What a Mother Does (Dilly) let me know. According to CastAlbums 6 people have it.  

Russian Broadway Shut Down - Government Deems All Theatre Homosexual Propaganda

So good. 

Evita Alt. Schedule

For the National Tour of Evita two wonderful ladies are playing the role of Evita. 

Caroline Bowman: Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.

Desi Oakley: Saturday matinees and Sunday evenings. 

Starting my Saturday by watching Opéra de Toulon’s telecast of Follies. Amazing production. Truly stunning. Beautiful performances. 

Does anyone know the schedule for the National Tour of Evita of when the alt. Eva goes on? Is it the same as it was on Broadway? Wednesday and Saturday matinees?

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