Today’s post is about two things: musical theatre and television. The following photo shoot is dedicated to musical theatre actresses who have carved out significant television careers and have some great juicy musical experience under their belt.
I have always been in awe of performers who possess the “triple threat” – people who can act, sing and dance are in my mind not only gifted but damn rare. Add on a few more ingredients like beauty and intelligence and you have the whole package.
Having been raised and bred educationally in the theatre / musical theatre arena, I have had the good fortune of having seen lots of amazing talent pass before my eyes and today I’m happy to say, after the era of High School Musical and Hannah Montana, that TV producers are finally investing in shows, directors and actors who are musically talented and are bringing these gifts of theirs to our screens.
If you’re a Glee fan, you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to. This past week’s episode “Theatricality” as well as “The Power of Madonna” are prime examples of excellent musical theatre (singing, dancing, outrageous costumes and corny but precious dramatic moments) translated to television.
I’m truly in awe of what this show has achieved and am hoping it will carve the way for new groundbreaking material. Here are my favourite current TV musical theatre girls.
Won our hearts over as the “evil witch” of “Wicked” (watch her duet “Defying Gravity with Helen Dallimore) and can now be seen on the hit series Glee, singing her heart out with Lea Michele. Check out the video at the end of the article for the famous duet “Poker Face”.
Suspiciously resembles Idina Menzel (and of course was cast as her daughter in “Glee”- a fact which makes me wonder who came first, the chicken or the egg). Make sure to watch their electrifying duet of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. On stage, critics raved about her performance as the lead in “Spring Awakening” but even as a child, it was clear that Lea was meant for big things. She might portray the annoying, uber-talented know-it-all on the TV series “Glee” but audiences cannot get enough of this vocal diva.
Who knew such a small person could have such a big voice – and what a presence she is. Chenoweth has not only bravely spoken out for male gay actors who play straight and rightly defended them against the infamous Newsweek article published a couple of months ago but more importantly has demonstrated her personal power through her artistry. Kristin is best known among the Broadway community for her role in Wicked as the original “good witch” Glinda and of course her collection of Tony, Emmy and Satellite awards.
The thing I love about Sara Ramirez is her confidence. You can tell just by the way she walks (see “Red Dress” Runway fashion clip) into a room and the echo that her voice creates and her killer smile that she is a women comfortable in her own skin and that is a really sexy quality to possess. My feeling is that her musical theatre experience has helped harness her talent and build her confidence and it’s a truly rare and beautiful thing to see a “nomal, real” looking woman on screen,especially in comparison to her stick-thin co-stars on “Grey’s Anatomy”. She might be Arizona Robert’s other half on TV, but on Broadway she has built a steady career spanning from the late nineties till today.