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Is Queen Latifah a soprano?

curlyhairedsoprano91 wrote:
They ALWAYS transpose stuff down for movies. She's not, but she could still pull it off.


The only problem is that "You'll Never Walk Alone" is not supposed to sound belty when sung in context in Carousel. It's supposed to sound legit. If you transpose the song down too much, it just won't work dramatically or have the kind of transcendent effect that it should. It's supposed to take Julie, and us in our experience of her situation, away from the depths of grief through its beauty as it does in any version from Christine Johnson's version on the OBC, to Claramae Turner's version on the film soundtrack to Shirley Verrett in the most recent revival. The only way one could possibly have that kind of inspirational effect in a lower key is if it went gospel, and that wouldn't suit the period, situation or character. It would be a travesty. And unless Queen Latifah - wonderful as she is - has something vocally that we haven't heard from her yet, she isn't right for this at all.

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Don't forget Patricia Neway, another great soprano.

But yeah. That part is 100% legit soprano.


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Despite what I posted earlier about liking the actors, I wonder if BrianS at broadwayworld.com has a point:

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I think we are more forgiving of Billy because he's a young man with anger issues and a good heart. Even then, it's always a very fine line for the actor to play it right.

Make him older (especially with a girlfriend half his age) and I think the violence is going to upstage the redemption.


http://www.broadwayworld.com/board/read ... &boardid=1

How old do you think Billy can/should be?


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I understand the point, (a) but Anne Hathaway (26) isn't half Jackson's age (39), (b) Jackman certainly doesn't look his age, and (c) they look age appropriate alongside one another. So what's the problem?

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Interesting, personally I think Jackman does look significantly older than Hathaway, and old enough to be a potentially problematic choice for Billy (in a film version at least). But all the better for others if they view him differently! It may well be that an older Billy would work anyway... I just can't see how right now.


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They looked fine next to each other at the Oscars.

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I understand the point, (a) but Anne Hathaway (26) isn't half Jackson's age (39), (b) Jackman certainly doesn't look his age, and (c) they look age appropriate alongside one another. So what's the problem?

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Damn strait!!
It would be an appropriate age difference for the characters at the time. Relationships often had a wider gap than they do now.
Young/mid 20's and mid 30's is nothing weird.

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Susan Boyle for Nettie!!


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I think they'd look really good together actually. Dress and make up can make her look slightly older and close in the age gap a bit.

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