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posted: 8/27/2003 at 12:06:04 AM ET
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Saw Gypsy" in July..and am enthralled with the cast recording!Bernadette's voice has this wonderful,husky,sexy,and "smoky" quality that I haven't heard before.and I love it!It has changed from her London concert of 5 yrs. ago.Anyone else notice? Also, I want to see the performance again..and again!since hearing the CD,as I feel I missed so much the 1st time because of the excitement of seeing her on stage!Can't she be given special recognition for this show? Also, I wish "Herbie"had had more to sing..he has a beautiful voice and sings so well with Bwenadette.

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

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posted: 8/27/2003 at 12:43:16 AM ET
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I think Bernadette's voice sounds like that because she's getting older, to put it bluntly. I also watched the London concert recently, and her voice did sound different. I liked it better that way, but of course she still has an extremely fantastic now.


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posted: 8/27/2003 at 12:46:22 AM ET
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I thought I heard somewhere that she was still a little sick during the recording...during the clips they showed at the Tony's she didn't sound quite like she does on the cd...if she was sick, I wish I could sound like that when I was sick!!

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posted: 8/27/2003 at 1:49:24 PM ET
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I did hear she may have been sick during recording, but I also have another thought. She may be delibrately deepening her voice a bit, or changing it as part of the character? Just a thought

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posted: 8/27/2003 at 8:36:19 PM ET
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I don't know. I've rewatched the Tony awards performance and listened to the CD, and if you'll notice, Bernadette only gets that raspy quality at the same infrequent points in both performances. (Which leads me to believe it's not illness that causes it.) So either the transition from belting to "speaking" -- when Rose speaks in the song and slows down for a moment -- is very taxing on her deepening voice, or else it's a dramatic choice.

I would say it's the latter, because she seems to be in almost perfect control for 90% of the song. The parts where she is not in control are during moments when the character is not in control; those are the parts when she speaks to herself and the audience, when her voice cracks, and I always took that as symbolic of Rose cracking emotionally. After all, "Rose's Turn" is the equivalent of a musical nervous breakdown. Which I suppose makes the pathetic way in which Rose's voice gives out during the "ranting" lines all that more poignant.

But yes, her voice is getting deeper, and yes, it's due to age. What amazes me is that, despite the maturing of her voice, she can still pull out certain notes that make her sound just as youthful as she did in Into the Woods, Song and Dance, and Sunday.

Regis: And look at all this hair. My God. That's a lot of hair. Look at this. How does hair get this way?
Bernadette: Um.. it sort of grew out of my head like this.

-- Live with Regis

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