This sounds like fun… Granted, it’s been a while since I pulled out either of my two favorite recordings to compare them (yes, I know, shame on me), so this is mostly the result of my impressions from a while ago. Also, this is purely based on voices—not looks, performances, etc., since I haven’t seen any of these performers in person, and therefore have nothing to bring to the table in that regard.
Between the OBC and CSR:
Both Colm Wilkinson and Gary Morris have strengths and weaknesses, so it’s more of a toss-up. Still, Colm has a much stronger voice, and really hits the notes well, especially in Who Am I?. Gary Morris has a decent voice, and I even prefer his Bring Him Home, as it has a softer quality than Colm’s. Morris’s “And I speak here with her voice/And I stand here in her place” always gives me chills.
I want to say I’m loyal to Mann because he was the first Javert I heard, but after hearing Quast, there’s really no going back!
, no doubt! And for once reason and one reason only: Anthony Warlow’s “Let others rise to take our place/until the earth is free”! Chills.
Strange to say, I have never heard a Fantine that I’ve really and truly enjoyed listening to. I really dislike the quality of Debbie Byrne’s voice in the CSR—it always sounds like she’s on the verge of tears! For that reason alone, I chose the OBC.
Again, I haven’t heard a Cosette that I’ve particularly liked as of yet. I’ll go with the OBC
on this one. Judy Kuhn has a beautiful voice, and lacks the melodramatic quality that too much vibrato can sometimes produce.
No particular reason.
Again, no logical reason, except that I listened to Frances Ruffelle first.
He cracks me up every time.
Madame T: CSR.
Gay Soper’s voice seems to completely embody the character. Like with Thenardier, you can’t help but laugh.
It’s a toss-up—I love listening to both girls. Can’t say so much for the show I saw in person, but here I love the quality and sweetness of their voices.
, hands down. For some reason, Gavroche’s accent on the CSR really bugs me.
Woah…that’s weird. It was a tie! Well, that doesn’t help me determine which I like better, now does it?
I live in a world of my own thoughts, where my plans and dreams float about…I hope that you will get to know all my good sides better—those you know and those you don’t know yet. Everything in its own time. -Ala Gertner