Josh Groban BUTCHER'S "You'll Never Walk Alone" at Tonys

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    Jun 08, 2015 2:06 PM GMT
    His live performance was so bad performing the "Carousel" masterpiece that the audience was too stunned to applaud any of the dead celebrities In Memoriam.

    Anyone else see?
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    Jun 08, 2015 8:40 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidHis live performance was so bad performing the "Carousel" masterpiece that the audience was too stunned to applaud any of the dead celebrities In Memoriam.

    Anyone else see?


    I saw it. I thought it was fine. Applause during the retrospective is usually subdued, as is appropriate.

    "If Josh Groban were a baseball player, he would be a home-run hitter. When he approaches a song, he swings for the fences almost every time with his booming, operatic voice.

    Now, that approach doesn't really work every time, especially on some lightweight pop that Groban has tried over the years. But on "Stages" (Reprise), where Groban takes on his favorite songs from Broadway and film musicals, he connects nearly every time, using his powerful voice to deliver essentially one showstopper after another."

    http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/music/stages-review-josh-groban-delivers-theatrically-1.10322763
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    Jun 09, 2015 12:45 AM GMT
    I thought it was less than wonderful, and I thought it was strange that the cameras were everywhere except on the backdrop, where they were projecting the names and faces of the deceased. Watching at home, it was difficult to see many of them.
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    Jun 09, 2015 7:48 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidI thought it was less than wonderful, and I thought it was strange that the cameras were everywhere except on the backdrop, where they were projecting the names and faces of the deceased. Watching at home, it was difficult to see many of them.

    Agree, and they were flashed too quickly.

    On the plus side, the staging of the massed chorus and the rising orchestra demonstrated what the "Great Stage" at Radio City Music Hall can do. Over 80 years old, it's still the greatest theatre in the United States, unsurpassed to this day. In Art Deco, naturellement. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 09, 2015 11:21 AM GMT
    For a moment I thought this was about liverpool football club
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    Jun 09, 2015 12:03 PM GMT
    Josh Groban's voice is not "booming" or "operatic" AT ALL!!!

    He was terrible at the Tony's...the first three notes said it all.
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    Jun 09, 2015 2:03 PM GMT
    The original arrangement for You'll Never Walk Alone requires a vocal of one-and-a-half octaves. The arrangement for Josh Groban changed keys not once but twice, increasing the range to almost two octaves. To hit the high notes at the end, Mr. Groban was forced to sing far too low in the beginning.

    As my friend Steve commented when the song started: When did Josh Groban become a bass?

    For my money, best performance of the night goes to Lisa Howard, who blew off the roof with Jenny's Blues from It Shoulda Been You:



    Here's hoping her performance helps the show find an audience.
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    Jun 09, 2015 2:45 PM GMT
    nicelyproportioned saidThe original arrangement for You'll Never Walk Alone requires a vocal of one-and-a-half octaves. The arrangement for Josh Groban changed keys not once but twice, increasing the range to almost two octaves. To hit the high notes at the end, Mr. Groban was forced to sing far too low in the beginning.

    As my friend Steve commented when the song started: When did Josh Groban become a bass?

    For my money, best performance of the night goes to Lisa Howard, who blew off the roof with Jenny's Blues from It Shoulda Been You:



    Here's hoping her performance helps the show find an audience.


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    Jun 10, 2015 2:38 AM GMT
    That third word sung was an atrocity.
    I prefer you'll pronounced with a long u sound.

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    Jun 10, 2015 2:53 AM GMT
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    Jun 10, 2015 3:25 AM GMT
    "You'll never walk alone" was written for a mezzo soprano, so give Mr. Groban a break. On second thought, why would he attempt it if he couldn't do it right? Consider Steven Pasquale, who absolutely does it right. You can even understand every word.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVQLZQpQN0w
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    Jun 10, 2015 7:49 AM GMT
    Groban has a nice, pleasant voice, certainly not an operatic voice, and I'm sure he could do this song better with a different, less theatrical and more musical arrangement of it. The producers simple chose the wrong artist for this production number version.
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    Jun 10, 2015 8:04 AM GMT
    StephenOABC said


    After so many years of her absence one almost forgets how great popular music used to be in this country. The next YouTube automatic play after "You'll Never Walk Alone" is her poignant "Moon River" with a jazz harmonica accompaniment incorporating "Put Your Little Foot."
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    Jun 10, 2015 12:46 PM GMT
    He was AWFUL which took away from the segment which seemed to be more about him than about the theater greats lost in the past year. You couldn't even see their names at times. And the applause is competely inappropriate. Such fanboy shit.
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    Jun 10, 2015 10:57 PM GMT
    What little Josh might look like if he'd get his ass to the gym regularly.
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    Jun 10, 2015 11:28 PM GMT
    After reviewing the clip, I agree. I was at work and missed the intro to the song. Reading the YouTUBE reviews I agree with:

    " If the orchestra had been flat then he would have sounded better as they would have been in tune with each other. He just blew the opening of the song (for whatever reason, we may never know - nerves, problems with his earpiece?) Of course the recording sounds better. They can keep doing it until they get it right. Performing live is always more difficult, and performing live in front of millions of critics is the toughest."

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    Jun 11, 2015 12:28 AM GMT
    chicagobullishbear said"You'll never walk alone" was written for a mezzo soprano, so give Mr. Groban a break. On second thought, why would he attempt it if he couldn't do it right? Consider Steven Pasquale, who absolutely does it right. You can even understand every word.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVQLZQpQN0w

    If they wanted to use this song, they should have used a female singer - there are lot's on Broadway today who could have done it justice.
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    Jun 11, 2015 12:30 AM GMT
    This song is so old that they sang it at my high school graduation. I sang it in a chorus for many years of those that graduated before me. It's kind of a stoic song and not the best choice for the Tonys segment. I've seen worse flub ups on live TV.
    But seriously, not his best moment.
    Not exactly the Hallelujah chorus, now is it...
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    Jun 11, 2015 1:38 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI've never heard this song before until stumbling upon this post.


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    Jun 11, 2015 2:10 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidThis song is so old that they sang it at my high school graduation. I sang it in a chorus for many years of those that graduated before me. It's kind of a stoic song and not the best choice for the Tonys segment.

    I'll concede that Josh Groban singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" live is presumably a tad better than Beth Howland performing "The Impossible Dream."
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    Jun 11, 2015 4:15 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidThis song is so old that they sang it at my high school graduation. .

    It has been a standard high school graduation song because at the end of "Carousel," the high school graduates and their parents all joined in to sing it. It was an effective tear-jerker.
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    Jun 11, 2015 5:22 PM GMT
    I've always associated that song with Jerry Lewis' MDA telethons that ended on Labor Day...ugh...school starts tomorrow.