This week on the Friday 5 we were asked to focus on 5 great female singers. Well, I could have easily went with singers like Adele, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion etc but the more I thought about it the more I came back to Broadway. For my money there is nothing like a Broadway singer in terms of quality of the singing voice. Maybe you could make a claim for opera but I’m not as familiar with individual opera singers as Broadway. Anyway, Broadway was my pick and I chose 5 singers I love:
- Julie Andrews- Does anything even need to be said to defend this choice? I mean Mary Poppins and Sound of Music alone seal the deal alone. The fact she can no longer sing makes me very depressed. What an amazing voice and actress! Here she is singing Spoonful of Sugar
- Linda Eder- You might not be as familiar with Linda but she is an incredible talent. She became famous playing Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde. The most famous song from that show is Someone Like You. I almost went with her rendition of Anthem from Chess but I couldn’t find a good 25 second or under section. That’s the trouble with Friday 5 is you have to find a song that sell’s itself in a short section because of copyright issues. Not all songs do.
- Idina Menzel- My favorite belt singer is Idina and after seeing her live I am an even bigger fan of hers. What a mastery over this particular type of sound. It’s bold, striking and beautiful. Here she is singing Defying Gravity from Wicked and Let it Go from Frozen
- Judy Garland- Ok she was not technically Broadway but she was in a lot of musicals and did a lot of concert albums, so I say it counts. This particular song I went with because You Made Me Love You is such a heartbreaking reality of Judy’s life. I also love her in Meet Me in St Louis and maybe I will use some of her songs from that show in later Friday 5s like the Trolley Song. . Of course I love Over the Rainbow. Here she is singing it live in her famous London concert
- Kelli Ohara- Perhaps non-Broadway buffs might not be super familiar with Kelli but she has an amazing voice and has done just about everything on Broadway. Recently she lit it up playing Anna in the King and I. She’s also been amazing in Light in the Piazza, Nice Work if You Can Get It, South Pacific, Pajama Game and more. Here she is singing Getting to Know You. and here is Beauty Is from Light in the Piazza.
What do you think of my 5 choices? What are some of your favorite female Broadway singers both living and past on? As a musical buff I would love to talk about it! What’s your favorite musical?