I've always wanted to do a series of posts that describe the various performers in the show over the years to help people pinpoint actors that they think they'll like and boots that contain these performers so that they can experience them.
So, looking for "rating" suggestions we can use to build an Abaisse-specific rubric to help scale the performers. I do not mean things like "ability to hit the high notes" or "looks appropriate for the part" or anything that specifically denigrates someone's skill as a performer. I'm looking for things like:
Cosette -- confidence [1 - 10]
1 being a shrinking violet Cosette, 10 being a really confident one. Someone like Katie Hall, for example, would skew more towards the confident, Annalene Beechy might sit somewhere in the middle.
Valjean -- aggression [1 - 10]
Alexander Gemignani was a particularly non-violent Valjean. Ramin Karimloo and John Owen-Jones swing a lot more aggressive.
Then you could in theory look at the grid and say "I like my Valjeans to be really rough-and-tumble. Oh: I will probably like Ramin Karimloo." "I'm not a big fan of Cosettes who seem really forward, they should be kind of subdued. Lauren Wiley might be a new favorite for me."
What sort of qualities do you look for (or notice!) in portrayals of specific characters that you think might be useful in forming a rubric to categorize different performances?
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