It seriously irritates me. As if most male roles in musical theatre nowadays weren't tenors already, now they start casting tenors in roles that are not written for them. Examples of this annoyance:
Jose Carreras as Emile de Becque in a South Pacific
Placido Domingo as Don Quixote in a Man of La Mancha
recording (when they had Samuel Ramey playing the innkeeper, of all things).
Drew Sarich as Javert in Les Miserables.
Howard Mc Gillin
as Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel.
(no, I don't care what wikipedia says, his singing in the South Park movie sure didn't sound like baritone to me)
Alexander Gemignani as John Hinckley in Assassins,
the Boatman in Sunday in the Park with George,
and the title role in Sweeney Todd.
Also read something about a tenor playing the role of the plant in Little Shop of Horrors
in a touring production or something.
Saw the Farewell Tour for Jesus Christ Superstar
(which I thought was lousy, anyway), and in the "This Jesus Must Die" song, there are three high priests - a tenor, a baritone, and a bass. The one that was supposed to be a bass... wasn't. He just didn't sing down there. The guy playing Caiaphas had also played Che in Evita,
and so sounded like a tenor on the high notes, but at least he had the low notes, so not sure whether to complain there.
And in the tour of Spamalot,
the knight who sings "I have to push the pram-alot" was barely audible.
And then there's all the Urinetown
videos on Youtube where the guy playing Officer Lockstock can't sing the opening song to save his life.
It irritates me. It seriously irritates me.
edited 30th Mar '11 9:48:01 AM by Pannic