jdukay24 saidAlso I think there are a lot of Broadway singers out there that could sing a lot of these mainstream artists out here right now under the table. Take Lea Michele for example?! Then we have people pissing their pants over Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus and if I hear one more person say, "but Miley can sing-just listen to her cover of Jolene!?!?" ...Lea Michele has a God given gift. I would rather hear God given voices-Josh Groban has a God given gift. Miley,Justin,Selena,Taylor Please sit down
You misinterpret what I wrote. There are many skilled singers in Broadway that can sing other genres and vice versa. There are many less skilled singers in all genres that can only produce the stereotype of said genre.
Broadway singing works like this: the singer is a singler person trying to perform a character in front of a large audience. Practically speaking all his/her gestures have to be exagerated and vocally the focus has to be on projection and cutting through a room, so the singer is basically wailing in his/her mask. In a theatre setting it works, when brought to recording/television it comes off campy and over the top.
However, when random people make the comment or people not in a musical theatre oriented background, they usually associate it with how it comes off in recordings or television. In this sense, it would usually be seen as a backhanded compliment.
Having said this, no untrained singer really has a "broadway" voice, or a "grunge" voice, "hip hop" etc. They just happened to have picked up affectation from said genre and a perfectly capable of learning another.