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posted: 10/15/2013 at 12:10:27 AM ET
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I attended the concert in Buffalo 9/28 and I thought she was in fine voice.During the song "Fever", there was a slight catch in her voice as she said "fever" which rises sharply at the last note.However ,she said when greeting me afterward that she was coming down with a cold.But,she was very strong when singing "Alive"and "Losing My Mind"! I personally will continue to support her at her concerts whenever I can. I've heard other singers sing signature Sondheim,and they have nowhere near the depth of meaning and feeling she gives them!Barbara Cook,for example,just sings "words" in "Losing My Mind."And Merman in "Gypsy"....too loud for my taste!Remember,Bernadette is the WHOLE package...she acts as she sings..she is truly sensational!

To the loveliest lady of song!
You will keep on giving me joy forever...

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Fav. BP Song: No One Is Alone and Some People
Fav. BP Show: Gypsy
Fav. BP Character: Rose/The Witch
Fav. BP CD: Gypsy

posted: 10/15/2013 at 2:59:12 AM ET
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Thank you Patty. I have been seeing Bernadette's concerts very consistently over the last 10 years as well as all of her Broadway work starting with Gypsy and I will be seeing Man in a Chair. Her voice has not changed tremendously over the years. Her style and interpretation of the songs as well as some of the songs themselves have changed over the years. This is why they are sung differently. For example I was in Buffalo and Costa Mesa. Losing My Mind sounded like a completely different person was singing it. Not because Bernadette is losing her voice but because of the way she acted the song during each performance. In Buffalo she sounded devastated as if she had lost the very thing she lived for. Her voice was full of emotion and depth. In Costa Mesa her voice was lighter as she sang. She was interpreting it in a different way. She was confused and really did not understand why someone who said that they loved her was not following through. When you examine the meaning behind the way she is singing you see the necessity for the difference in the way that she sings. I will continue to support Bernadette's work and attend her shows and concerts.

"Oh no, you won't. No, not a chance. No arguements, shut up and dance." -You'll Never Get Away From Me

"And if it wasn't for me then where would you be Miss Gypsy Rose Lee?" -Rose's Turn

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posted: 10/15/2013 at 3:34:21 PM ET
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Rose your reply made me think of this Callas quote:

"It is not enough to have a beautiful voice. What does that mean? When you interpret a role, you have to have a thousand colors to portray happiness, joy, sorrow, fear. How can you do this with only a beautiful voice? Even if you sing harshly sometimes, as I have frequently done, it is a necessity of expression. You have to do it, even if people will not understand. But in the long run they will, because you must persuade them of what you're doing."

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