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Author:  Thom_Boyer [ Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:49 pm ]
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Funny you should mention that -- In the most recent casting call for the National Tour, they were looking to cast Valjean and Marius as baritones, rather than tenors (don't recall Enjolras). As a baritone with a solid top "A" and bit above that with a chest/head mix, I approve this message.

Author:  Gargamel [ Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Les Mis FAQ

The same !

I think a high baritone Valjean and Marius could add a lot to the character... I see Enjolras more as a tenor.
Not just for the vocal range, but also for the voice color corresponding to the character.

Author:  VanSensei [ Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Les Mis FAQ

Yes, the voice color is actually why Russell Crowe's Javert is one of my favorites so far. His dark, heavy tone is perfect for a menacing character like Javert.

Author:  Pannic [ Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Les Mis FAQ

Have there been any baritone Marius...es? I know one guy who's a baritone and played Marius in the School Edition, but that's not quite the same. I mean, I think of Hugh Panaro, Michael Ball, and whoever it was in the US tour - those guys were all tenors.

Author:  The Very Angry Woman [ Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:27 pm ]
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Mario Frangoulis and Carlos Marin?

Author:  Pannic [ Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:44 pm ]
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Ah. Carlos Marin, right. I think I read that somewhere, yeah. Frangoulis is a tenor according to Wikipedia, though.

Author:  Quique [ Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Les Mis FAQ

I'm a baritone and once posted an audio of me singing "Empty Chairs and Empty Tables" on here. I think I sounded 'aight, but I just barely reached the "beeeeeeecAAAAAAME their last communion..." part.

That part of the song is very uncomfortable for me to sing. It's not necessarily about the notes being too high; I can sing those outrageously high falsetto parts in "Bring Him Home" and can sing the higher version of "pre-TEN-diiiiing" from "On My Own" in the original key just fine and that's a chick song! It's more about the way the voice sits on those notes, just feels icky. Can't describe it. :?

Author:  Pannic [ Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Les Mis FAQ

Yeah, that song covers a range of A2-G4 and it's in the baritone volume of the Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology. I know he has a few high Gs in "One Day More." I don't don't about his stuff in the rest of the show - "A Little Fall of Rain" isn't high at all, I don't recall any particular high notes in "A Heart Full of Love" or "In My Life," either. But judging from that, I'd say his stuff is very, very doable for a baritone.

Y'know, if I were in charge of casting I'd go for contrast with Enjolras. If I cast Enjolras as a tenor, I'd cast Marius as a baritone, and vice-versa.

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