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9th Aug '17 5:20:29 PM RShini
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* In the 1950s ''Zorro'', Henry Calvin, who plays the slovenly and inept Sgt. Garcia gets to show off his rich baritone several times in the show's run, usually traditional ballads or drinking songs.
6th Aug '17 5:06:01 PM thegiggleloop
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* In a couple ''Series/TheXFiles'' episodes, David Duchovny shows off his basketball skills. He played junior varsity at Princeton.
15th Jul '17 8:45:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''Radio/CabinPressure'' stars Creator/RogerAllam, a twenty-year veteran of the West End and the original Javert in ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. Needless to say, his character, Douglas Richardson, does some singing, notably in "Fitton" and "Ottery St Mary". (His co-star BenedictCumberbatch, a fine singer but not quite of West End caliber, joins in and certainly holds his own, but the musical limelight is Allam's.)

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* ''Radio/CabinPressure'' stars Creator/RogerAllam, a twenty-year veteran of the West End and the original Javert in ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. Needless to say, his character, Douglas Richardson, does some singing, notably in "Fitton" and "Ottery St Mary". (His co-star BenedictCumberbatch, Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, a fine singer but not quite of West End caliber, joins in and certainly holds his own, but the musical limelight is Allam's.)
12th Jul '17 10:25:54 PM jormis29
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* Gary Sinise has showed off his skills with bass guitar on ''Series/CSINewYork''.

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* Gary Sinise Creator/GarySinise has showed off his skills with bass guitar on ''Series/CSINewYork''.
12th Jul '17 4:24:56 AM AmuckCricetine
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** Later in the same episode, Dwight Schultz (Murdock) broke into a random, pretty, lyrical song [[BunnyEarsLawyer just because]]. More often it was opera and, in one episode, everything Frank Sinatra ever recorded.

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** Later in the same episode, Dwight Schultz (Murdock) broke into a random, pretty, lyrical song [[BunnyEarsLawyer just because]]. More often it was opera and, in one episode, everything Frank Sinatra Music/FrankSinatra ever recorded.



** The Twelfth Doctor gets to show off his electric-guitar-playing skills in several episodes of Series 9. Creator/PeterCapaldi played guitar and sang in the punk rock band Dreamboys when he was in college, and did all his own guitar playing. The most spectacular example is at the end of TheTeaser for "Before the Flood", which continues into the credit sequence, in which he plays the usual top line of the theme. In series 8 he was also given a lot of opportunity to lampshade the Doctor's sudden thick Scottish accent (Capaldi is a native of Glasgow, and speaks like one.)

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** The Twelfth Doctor gets to show off his electric-guitar-playing skills in several episodes of Series 9. Creator/PeterCapaldi played guitar and sang in the punk rock band Dreamboys when he was in college, and did all his own guitar playing. The most spectacular example is at the end of TheTeaser for "Before "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E4BeforeTheFlood Before the Flood", Flood]]", which continues into the credit sequence, in which he plays the usual top line of the theme. In series 8 he was also given a lot of opportunity to lampshade the Doctor's sudden thick Scottish accent (Capaldi is a native of Glasgow, and speaks like one.)



* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' managed to make use of both Gigi Edgely's sweet fire-eater talents in "Scratch 'N' Sniff", with Chiana spinning a rod that's on fire at both ends at a party, and Wayne Pygram's drumming skill, with the Scorpius analogue in the BizarroEpisode "Won't Get Fooled Again" playing the drums.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' managed to make use of both Gigi Edgely's sweet fire-eater talents in "Scratch 'N' Sniff", "[[{{Recap/FarscapeS03E13ScratchNSniff}} Scratch 'N Sniff]]", with Chiana spinning a rod that's on fire at both ends at a party, and Wayne Pygram's drumming skill, with the Scorpius analogue in the BizarroEpisode "Won't "[[{{Recap/FarscapeS02E15WontGetFooledAgain}} Won't Get Fooled Again" Again]]" playing the drums.



** In the episode "Shindig", River deconstructs the mobster Badger, all in a Cockney accent -- again utilizing Creator/SummerGlau's knack for accents, or what the show's producers thought was a knack for accents. Her Cockney accent has been heavily criticised, however.
** In a CastTheExpert cross-over, River is an expert in dancing, which she displays in in "Safe." Her flexibility is also shown off in a few instances, notably in "Objects In Space" and several instances where she [[CeilingCling clings to the ceiling]].

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** In the episode "Shindig", "[[{{Recap/FireflyE04Shindig}} Shindig]]", River deconstructs the mobster Badger, all in a Cockney accent -- again utilizing Creator/SummerGlau's knack for accents, or what the show's producers thought was a knack for accents. Her Cockney accent has been heavily criticised, however.
** In a CastTheExpert cross-over, River is an expert in dancing, which she displays in in "Safe." "[[{{Recap/FireflyE05Safe}} Safe]]". Her flexibility is also shown off in a few instances, notably in "Objects In Space" "[[{{Recap/FireflyE14ObjectsInSpace}} Objects in Space]]" and several instances where she [[CeilingCling clings to the ceiling]].



** The show even went so far as to have a whole episode with a plot based around the Doctor's singing, in which he becomes a celebrity to a race of aliens that have never heard music before. (Ironically, that episode - "Virtuoso" - features the only use of a TalentDouble for the Doctor's singing - operatic tenor Agostino Castellano dubbed over Robert Picardo for ''Don Carlo'' and ''Rondine Al Nido'' (all other songs in the episode are performed by Picardo).

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** The show even went so far as to have a whole episode with a plot based around the Doctor's singing, in which he becomes a celebrity to a race of aliens that have never heard music before. (Ironically, that episode - "Virtuoso" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS6E13Virtuoso}} Virtuoso]]" - features the only use of a TalentDouble for the Doctor's singing - operatic tenor Agostino Castellano dubbed over Robert Picardo for ''Don Carlo'' and ''Rondine Al Nido'' (all other songs in the episode are performed by Picardo).



* Not to mention all those times on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' where they let cast members explore their range; whether it was Dwight Schultz performing ''Cyrano de Bergerac'', Patrick Stewart doing Michael Williams from ''Henry V'', or Brent Spiner playing three different characters having a face-to-face conversation.
** Gates [=McFadden=], a noted Broadway choreographer, actually choreographed her character's tap-dancing lesson for Data and did all her own dancing. Given a bit of a lampshade when Dr. Crusher mentions that she hated the nickname of the "Dancing Doctor" at school.
** Jonathan Frakes is a skilled poker player, and introduced the tradition of the main cast (minus Picard until the finale) playing poker in their downtime. He could play the trombone at the drop of a mute. Again, however, sometimes Frakes required a TalentDouble - professional trombonist Bill Watrous. In Frakes' own words: "When Riker played badly, it was me, but when he was playing well, it was Bill Watrous."
** In "Unification II", we get Jonathan Frakes playing a brisk piece on the piano as well as Michael Dorn singing a part of a Klingon opera.

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* Not to mention all those times on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' where they let cast members explore their range; whether it was Dwight Schultz performing ''Cyrano de Bergerac'', Patrick Stewart Creator/PatrickStewart doing Michael Williams from ''Henry V'', ''Theatre/HenryV'', or Brent Spiner Creator/BrentSpiner playing three different characters having a face-to-face conversation.
** Gates [=McFadden=], Creator/GatesMcFadden, a noted Broadway choreographer, actually choreographed her character's tap-dancing lesson for Data and did all her own dancing. Given a bit of a lampshade when Dr. Crusher mentions that she hated the nickname of the "Dancing Doctor" at school.
** Jonathan Frakes Creator/JonathanFrakes is a skilled poker player, and introduced the tradition of the main cast (minus Picard until the finale) playing poker in their downtime. He could play the trombone at the drop of a mute. Again, however, sometimes Frakes required a TalentDouble - professional trombonist Bill Watrous. In Frakes' own words: "When Riker played badly, it was me, but when he was playing well, it was Bill Watrous."
** In "Unification II", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E8Unification2}} Unification, Part II]]", we get Jonathan Frakes playing a brisk piece on the piano as well as Michael Dorn Creator/MichaelDorn singing a part of a Klingon opera.



** George Takei didn't know how to fence prior to being cast for ''Star Trek'', though he said he could learn in order to better his chances at landing the role; when granted the role of Sulu he went out that weekend to do just that. In the episode "The Naked Time" he finally got to put his skills to practice after suggesting that he fence instead of run around with a katana playing samurai, as the writers initially intended.

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** George Takei didn't know how to fence prior to being cast for ''Star Trek'', though he said he could learn in order to better his chances at landing the role; when granted the role of Sulu he went out that weekend to do just that. In the episode "The " [[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime}} The Naked Time" Time]]" he finally got to put his skills to practice after suggesting that he fence instead of run around with a katana playing samurai, as the writers initially intended.



* PaulDini seems to enjoy writing musical parts for the cast to perform when he writes. He claims that he wrote the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Harlequinade" after hearing Arleen Sorkin sing for an upcoming audition. He has written episodes of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' that also showcase the cast's singing talent.

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* PaulDini Creator/PaulDini seems to enjoy writing musical parts for the cast to perform when he writes. He claims that he wrote the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Harlequinade" "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE7Harlequinade Harlequinade]]" after hearing Arleen Sorkin sing for an upcoming audition. He has written episodes of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' that also showcase the cast's singing talent.
9th Jul '17 10:23:52 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/ItAintHalfHotMum'' (which focused on a British Army "Concert Party" stationed in Burma during WorldWarTwo) allowed the whole cast to showcase their talents, notably Don Estelle's singing. The trope is subverted in one episode where an outside recruit is brought in and proceeds to demonstrate his many impressive talents - singing, playing the piano, tap dance, ventriloquism and more. In the end the men conspire to get rid of him because he risks replacing Lofty, who will then have to be posted "up the jungle".

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* ''Series/ItAintHalfHotMum'' (which focused on a British Army "Concert Party" stationed in Burma during WorldWarTwo) UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) allowed the whole cast to showcase their talents, notably Don Estelle's singing. The trope is subverted in one episode where an outside recruit is brought in and proceeds to demonstrate his many impressive talents - singing, playing the piano, tap dance, ventriloquism and more. In the end the men conspire to get rid of him because he risks replacing Lofty, who will then have to be posted "up the jungle".
8th Jul '17 2:20:46 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** The English actress for the MysteriousWaif songstress Azura is long-time Broadway actress and singer, Rena Strober. Whereas the Japanese version gave her [[NonSingingVoice an actress for speaking and an up-and-coming singer for singing]] (Crerator/{{Lynn}} and Renka, respectively), Rena Strober both speaks and sings.

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** The English actress for the MysteriousWaif songstress Azura is long-time Broadway actress and singer, Rena Strober. Whereas the Japanese version gave her [[NonSingingVoice an actress for speaking and an up-and-coming singer for singing]] (Crerator/{{Lynn}} (Creator/{{Lynn}} and Renka, respectively), Rena Strober both speaks and sings.
8th Jul '17 2:20:31 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** The English actress for the MysteriousWaif songstress Azura is long-time Broadway actress and singer, Rena Strober. Whereas the Japanese version gave her [[NonSingingVoice an actress for speaking and an up-and-coming singer for singing]] (Lynn-san and Renka, respectively), Rena Strober both speaks and sings.

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** The English actress for the MysteriousWaif songstress Azura is long-time Broadway actress and singer, Rena Strober. Whereas the Japanese version gave her [[NonSingingVoice an actress for speaking and an up-and-coming singer for singing]] (Lynn-san (Crerator/{{Lynn}} and Renka, respectively), Rena Strober both speaks and sings.


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* In the English version of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', Silque's VA Bonnie Gordon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzKptJ9VIiE sings the credit song.]]
2nd Jul '17 2:18:56 PM BradyLady
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* Notably averted (possibly defied) in ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard. Although both lead actors had the opportunity to sing during the run of the series, they refused. They wanted the public to first hear them sing as John Schneider and Tom Wopat, not as Bo and Luke Duke. After the series ended, both went into careers as country music singers. Schneider was the slightly more successful of the two. And what happened? Deejays would play his hit songs, come back on the air, and joyfully announce, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy "That was Bo Duke!"]]

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* Notably averted (possibly defied) in ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard. '' Although both lead actors had the opportunity to sing during the run of the series, they refused. They wanted the public to first hear them sing as John Schneider and Tom Wopat, not as Bo and Luke Duke. After the series ended, both went into careers as country music singers. Schneider was the slightly more successful of the two. And what happened? Deejays would play his hit songs, come back on the air, and joyfully announce, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy "That was Bo Duke!"]]
2nd Jul '17 2:14:55 PM BradyLady
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* Notably averted (possibly defied) in ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard. Although both lead actors had the opportunity to sing during the run of the series, they refused. They wanted the public to first hear them sing as John Schneider and Tom Wopat, not as Bo and Luke Duke. After the series ended, both went into careers as country music singers. Schneider was the slightly more successful of the two. And what happened? Deejays would play his hit songs, come back on the air, and joyfully announce, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy "That was Bo Duke!"]]
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