Patti LuPone, the original Broadway “Evita” and star of Life Goes On, originated the role of Fantine in Les Miserables. The other day, comparing renditions to Susan Boyle, I pulled up a Youtube of a Patti LuPone concert (it was hosted by a member with the humorous name of “Belting for Dummies”). She commented that Fantine is “the perfect role: on stage for 20 minutes, sing the perfect song, then die. . . . Hang out and relax for 2 hours, then come back at the end as a ghost.”
She’s probably reaped some big residuals this week with all the online downloads.
Anyway, The Early Show interviewed Susan this morning, and interviewed Patti LuPone over the phone.
“I heard it on YouTube like everyone else. . . . I started to cry!”
“The ones that made fun of me are now nice to me”
h/t to The Deacon’s Bench
Of the many reasons this is so inspiring, is that, at a time when civilization is at its nadir, the world is going gaga over a woman whose voice is truly operatic in a natural away.
I mean, that’s what I’ve never liked about American Idol: they’re looking for a Mariah Carey or someone like that.
Susan said she wanted to be “like Elaine Paige.” As a singer, shows blows Elaine Paige and Patti LuPone away. They are broadway singers: their singing is great, but they sing and act (which is crucial in a musical). Elaine Paige is so successful because she has a good voice for pop/adult contemporary.
But the singer I would most compare Susan Boyle to is Andrea Bocelli–or to Sarah Brightman before she went nuts, or to Charlotte Church before she went nuts. There is no effort in her singing. It is pure and natural, a natural instrument. Andrea Bocelli stands at the microphone, and it looks like he’s whispering. She’s the same way. It’s a true gift.
But, as Susan’s pastor notes, I worry about what these media vultures will do to a woman who is so innocent and vulnerable.