Prisoner 24653 wrote:And as far as the acting... Yeah, audiences might perceive a lot of Phantom actors as overacting. The reason is that because most of the actor's face is covered by the mask and the prosthetic makeup under that, he has to be bigger and more expressive with his body language (as well as his voice). But for more subtle acting in the role, the current Broadway Phantom James Barbour might fit for that. And I find Ian Jon Bourg, who has played the role in the US, Germany, and the World Tour for many years, to be a fantastically subtle Phantom. (Very faithful to the novel, as well, which is always a plus.) Will see if I have more recommendations later on, as well.
Auf die Barrikaden wrote:Anyways...without having seen anything from him-what's the deal with Uwe Kröger's Phantom?? I read of Phans all over the net complaining and joking, yet I never read anything WHY he was so...one of a kind...pls help me my dears.
Prisoner 24653 wrote:Heh heh . . . Well, my personal view is that he got the role mainly because of his popularity, rather than being able to give a quality performance. I've never been a big fan of his voice -- his dubbing of the Phantom in the 2004 movie was the first thing I heard him in, and that probably influenced my overall view of him; that experience actually put me off listening to POTO in German for a while (as that was, sadly, the first time I'd heard a German recording of the show) until a friend introduced me to better German/Austrian Phantom performers. My initial impression of Kröger's voice was that he sounded like a pedophile, and I've never been able to shake that.
When Kröger played the role in Essen, he was constantly pitchy; and acting-wise, he clearly didn't understand the character and seemed to take the role as an excuse to camp it up. He's certainly (regrettably) far from the only campy Phantom, but he seems to take it to an extreme in many scenes. And apparently, there have been a few interviews where he said he saw Phantom as just another show he took on because it's an 'expected' male lead, that he thought it was the easiest role he ever played (if that were true, you'd think he'd have been better)... so yeah. Suffice it to say, I'm not a fan. Though oddly, I didn't mind him as Javert in the Berlin production of LM or as Van Helsing in the Graz production of Dracula; but I've heard better German/Austrian performers in those roles, as well. If you want to see Uwe, though, there's a full video boot on YouTube.
Auf die Barrikaden wrote:As to his Javert: I'm not too fond of tenors for the role in general, and I think he kind of started that for me.
Prisoner 24653 wrote:Speaking of POTO in German... The Hamburg revival transferred to Oberhausen, and interestingly, they've cast Americans to play the Phantom and Christine -- Brent Barrett, who played the role in Las Vegas in 2006-07 (alternating with Anthony Crivello until Barrett left the production and Crivello became the lone principal Phantom there for the rest of the production's run); and Elizabeth Welch, who had been the Christine understudy in the old US Tour and then on Broadway. I'm really liking Welch in German; she sounds like a natural. Barrett, though... In the boots I've heard, he's all over the place with pitch, and his grasp of the language needs a lot of work. Even though I don't speak the language and most of what I know comes from recordings of musicals, his mistakes are pretty clear to me.
The Mirror -- Nicky Wuchinger, Elizabeth Welch
Final Lair Scene -- Brent Barrett, Daniela Braun, Max Niemeyer
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