Post by sondheimfreak on Jul 20, 2017 13:09:41 GMT
Hackmann was in Les Mis on Broadway covering Valjean amongst other roles I believe, and has also played both Curly and Jud in the past in regional versions of Oklahoma (seems like he'd have been a more suitable Jud in this concert production…). You can check him out singing 'Maria' from Paint Your Wagon on YouTube, he's got quite a voice. Not sure if Strallen is the right choice for Laurey. Strikes me as more of an Ado Annie. The most interesting part of this concert will be to hear the full RRB orchestrations under John Wilson.
I will be there at the matinee. I am hoping Robert Fairchild as Will Parker will do the back somersault (or whatever it is called) from a standing start that Jimmy Johnston did as Will Parker at the National and then repeated by popular demand in Pirates of Penzance in Regent's Park. Now that's what I call dancing!