There is this woman. Her name is Kerry. She sings the shit out of Defying Gravity.
Once upon a time my good friend Kaitlin and I spent about 7 minutes watching this video comparing every woman who has ever played Eponine in Le Mizerables. The entire video consisted of more than 20 different girls singing the climactic 10 words:” A world that’s full of happiness that I have never known!” Over and Over. and while it felt a little funny it was hard to take your eyes off of the subtitled names as the girls repeatedly belted away.
Recently I was able to relocate this video, which led me to look up other Broadway comparisons on youtube. Naturally, there are videos that do this for the show Wicked. And Naturally it’s the song Defying Gravity. Now I had heard Kerry Ellis sing this song before because friend Robert, of the Broadway Research League (here after referred to as BRL), had been intensely studying the song for the entire month of march 2010. Thing is that was a studio recording and with all of today’s tech stuff I can hardly tell if someone is AS increadible as the recording sounds.
So I’m watching this video comparing all of the different Elphabas when Kerry Ellis comes blaring through youtube. MAN. she sure is salty.
I am always entertained by how they each choose different places to riff and snarl. It’s like any time anyone sings the song they have to mark it with their special sequence of added vocal gymnastics. It’s getting to the point where I can distinguish them immediately simply because one sings: ooo-oh ah oh OOOO vs. OOO ah ah OOO OOOO and so on.
Once I’ve established that Ms. Ellis is my favorite I do one quick search for her name and the song title and up comes this video. She’s performing a version of the song from her album Wicked, In Rock live at the Royal Variety Performance 2008. Even if Wicked is old news to those of you reading, I think this rock-concert version merits attention. If you are short on time… do yourself a favor… it gets ridiculous at 2:08. :0)