It isn’t often I hear something and go wow. That’s actually a complete lie since I am always impressed by people or shocked at how bad someone who is usually amazing is. These two videos got the wow thing from me. The one is a guy named Gabriel Lopez who randomly takes on Glitter and Be Gay from Candide and actually pulls it off without having to go into a high soprano. The other one is from Glee, which I stopped watching, and is Rachel Berry singing Being Good from Swan Song. I heard it last night at showtunes at MOVA lounge in DC.
We all know Rachel (Lea Michelle) has an amazing voice. Whether I am a fan of hers or not, I love her voice and think she is incredible. I don’t know how much of this song is the studio making it sound amazing, and how much is her actually singing, but it sounds amazing. She’s a bit like Barbara Streisand when she’s singing this song, but at the same time her character wants to be Barbara. It’s great to see that they are letting her show off what she can do with her voice and this song is absolutely amazing when she does it. When the VJ was talking about the song being a wow song, I didn’t understand why until he played the clip and you hear Lea Michelle belting it out. The way she performs it really is a wow moment and the song is absolutely amazing.
The reason Gabriel performing Glitter and Be Gay from Candid is a wow moment is because 1. he is a guy and 2. he didn’t have to try and go soprano. The song is insanely hard and takes a ton of control. To take it randomly and perform it without trying or practicing is insane. That is why I had a wow moment when I heard him sing this song and not even mess it up. It was a definite wow moment because I was waiting for him to go high and he didn’t or to have him mess up and he pulled it off perfectly.
If you read this blog you know I am completely obsessed with Kristin Chenoweth and actually got to meet her for a second when she was doing Promises Promises on Broadway. Anyways, Kristin Chenoweth can not only take any song and either make it cute or funny, but she can turn bad songs good by throwing in her unique personality. Her voice is easy to pick out when she speaks in her normal voice because of its accent and tone, but when she sings it completely disappears and can transform from rock to opera and pretty much everything else in between. She is an absolutely amazing singer and performer and her personality shines through.
What I love about her performance with Glitter and Be Gay from Candide is that she takes a manic woman and makes her not only manic, but amazing and funny at the same time. It all starts with her being brought in on a couch with one of the original actors from the show and she not only kicks her out, but she starts belting out some amazing opera and then goes back to her funny an unique voice. Kristin Chenoweth is absolutely amazing and is probably one of the only people that can really not only hit the high notes in this song, but she can also completely kick the flute or picollo’s ass when it comes to the parts where they hit the same notes and bounce around them.
Glitter and Be Gay from Candide is an extremely hard song to be able to sing, especially because it has a million high notes all in a row and you have to hit them all within seconds of each other. It needs someone who can change from happy to sad to crazy to sane all within seconds from each other and be able to project all of those different feelings as well. It really takes a lot to be able to pull off a song like Glitter and Be Gay from Candide and one of the only modern broadway stars who can really pull it off has to be Kristin Chenoweth. Here is Kristin Chenoweth singing Glitter and Be Gay from Candide.