Tonight, I caught SLim performing in Joseph. She had taken some time off from doing theatre, and this was her first time back in a while. I do try to support my friends when they are performing (since they are so kind as to support me when I'm out), so I decided to swing by to see the show.
I had never seen this play before. Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the music is surprisingly similar to Jesus Christ Superstar. Okay, not that surprising, since Rice and Webber wrote that one, too. The entire play was performed in a "sung through" fashion, so the music was rather key to the overall success of the play.
It's too bad that some members of the cast didn't quite live up to the material. The narrator -- who had probably the lion's share of the vocal lines throughout the entire play -- was about a half an octave short of what she would have needed to sing the part she was attempting. And the trumpet player in the orchestra. I do not think I have ever heard the trumpet performed so badly -- and I've sat through intermediate school recitals. Note to the trumpeter, if you're reading this: Either practice (a lot), or find a new hobby. I hear that golf is nice.
She played one of the brothers of Joseph. This seemed to cause a little consternation amongst the audience around me (several people were whispering to each other if the "brother" was in fact a "girl"). Her parts were mostly chorus, and towards the lower end of her range. As far as I can tell, she did a good job (no soloing, so I'm basing this on what I could glean).Posted by Casper at March 20, 2004 09:54 PM