What makes a performance vocally thrilling?

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.

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