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nypanda
10-08-2011, 02:05 AM
In no universe could either Leah or Amber EVER sing Maria. Ever.

This only bothers me because they made suce a huge case about Kurt not being "right" for Tony.

And, you know, all the stuff about GLEE educating America about arts in our schools. Funding going sky high for music programs. :blah: West Side Story is Western Civ, ya'll!! Cain't no wanna be Streisand OR Beyonce belter sing Maria!! EVER. We should know this.

And then, I remember...sigh...it's a stupid tv show.

my little pony
10-08-2011, 03:03 AM
i went to a small school. the teacher in charge of the plays would have wet herself to have either lea or mercedes or tina or santana sing any of the leads.

nypanda
10-08-2011, 03:48 AM
except for that they physically could not hit the notes. The teacher would have had to pay someone to rescore the orchestrations several keys down....then find a serious bass to sing all the other roles, including Anita.

my little pony
10-08-2011, 03:54 AM
sometimes we had to have girls in the male parts. we had to make a lot of concessions. not being able to hit the notes was the norm.

michiruwater
10-08-2011, 03:58 AM
I'm confused, which note would Lea not be able to hit? She has to be able to hit a C6, and she very easily hit an A5 (as demonstrated here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qj3rI8ICtM); she even belt it). I'm quite certain a C6 is well within her range, and Maria doesn't go any higher.

Similarly, as demonstrated here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyI8BEj5RKs&feature=related), Amber can also hit a C6 and actually has in Glee (very end of video).

So, precisely which notes would they not physically be able to hit?

Edit: Not to mention that any music teacher who wasn't a complete idiot, rather than transposing the entire score (which any music teacher with a degree should be able to do themselves, as transposition is a pretty basic thing), would just have the person playing Maria hit a different chord tone instead of that C6. Not that, as I said, I think Lea or Amber would have any problem with hitting that C6.

AshleyN
10-08-2011, 04:31 AM
Didn't Lea actually audition for Maria in the most recent Broadway revival of West Side Story? Pretty sure I read somewhere that she got quite far as well (apparently it was actually Idina who gave her a pep talk after she didn't get it and was pretty upset about it).

PeterG
10-08-2011, 05:24 AM
In no universe could either Leah or Amber EVER sing Maria. Ever.

I agree. I think a male should sing "Maria".

Theatregirl1122
10-08-2011, 07:21 AM
I have to agree about Lea making ugly faces while she sings. It is distracting to the song and some times it just is contrary to what the song is about.

I believe that's part of the Rachel characterization. I haven't seen her do it in other roles. I am WAY more distracted by the faces Darren Criss makes. I haven't figured out yet if that is supposed to be Blaine or if that is just him.

nypanda
10-08-2011, 02:43 PM
Didn't hear the story of the WSS call back...I have friends who were in that production, I should ask them - cool!

It's more than just popping a C or choosing another harmony -- the role lives up there. In my opinion there's no way in hell either of these actresses could ever sing lyric sop legit for 2 + hours, no matter how high they can vocalize in theory. I base this on the choice of material each has built a career on...perhaps this is why the actress didn't get the role irl.

Would have been cool to hear them actually sing from the score. But, yes, it is only television, after all.

nypanda
10-08-2011, 02:45 PM
I agree. I think a male should sing "Maria".

Now Chris Colfer could do it! I'd pay to see it!!

AshleyN
10-08-2011, 04:53 PM
Didn't hear the story of the WSS call back...I have friends who were in that production, I should ask them - cool! Yeah, that's the part I'm not really sure about, it's something I saw posted on another board I believe.

I'm pretty sure she really did audition though, and I think the Idina thing was mentioned in some interview I saw from her. Of course it ended up working out pretty well for her, since it wasn't long after that that she landed Glee.

VIETgrlTerifa
10-08-2011, 05:38 PM
I believe that's part of the Rachel characterization. I haven't seen her do it in other roles. I am WAY more distracted by the faces Darren Criss makes. I haven't figured out yet if that is supposed to be Blaine or if that is just him.

I agree. Darren Criss is probably the hammiest performer on Glee right now, and that's saying something.

PeterG
10-08-2011, 08:26 PM
I agree. Darren Criss is probably the hammiest performer on Glee right now, and that's saying something.

Matthew Morrison is giving you the Barbara Fusar-Poli stare right now... :yikes: :scream:

Jayar
10-09-2011, 12:32 AM
I agree. Darren Criss is probably the hammiest performer on Glee right now, and that's saying something.

I loathe the way he moves when he sings. Why does he always bend his knees and lean backwards?:confused:

essence_of_soy
10-09-2011, 12:43 AM
I loathe the way he moves when he sings. Why does he always bend his knees and lean backwards?:confused:

He's doing double duty testing his Greg Brady surfing in Hawaii moves?