Set Rudetsky will tell you. (And tell you, and tell you….)
Rudetsky is a noted music director and appreciator of Broadway song. He was also part of the ensemble cast of the Broadway revival of The Ritz and writes a weekly column for www.playbill.com. Of late, he has become known for entertainingly “deconstructing” performances, especially concentrating on issues of tone, vibrator, and placement. Both his Web site and YouTube have a plethora of clips of him discoursing on a variety of singers.
Here’s a typical session, discoursing on the great Patti LuPone:
His passion and plethora of words occasionally makes it feel like you’ve been cornered by your ADHD show-queen nephew after Thanksgiving dinner. But the good news is that, unlike your nephew, you can pause or exit when you’ve had enough.