It was so exciting that Christine Andreas toured with The Light in the Piazza. While I have only heard Andreas on the OBCR of The Scarlet Pimpernel, I am fully aware that she has done some pretty significant roles on Broadway since the 1970s. I love her voice on The Scarlet Pimpernel, a sort of blending of the beautiful belt of the 80s and 90s with the soprano vibrato of the 50s and 60s. The effect is very beautiful and radiates the agony Marguerite experiences throughout the entire show.
For The Light in the Piazza, she embodied Margaret Johnson, the genteel Southern lady dependant upon her husband, now struggling with make some very difficult decisions on her own. For all the struggles that that character faces, Andreas made them so real and made the audience feel her pain in making them. She also had the look of genteel Southern beauty and wealth, and she spoke the character with a light Southern accent that seemed so natural. More importantly, that beautiful soprano wrapped around all those lush Adam Guettel melodies effortlessly and so incredibly beautifully.
For many people in the theatre the day I was there, to them she was probably a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice singing some beautiful songs, but for me, after hearing her on The Scarlet Pimpernel so many times, it was a chance to see a Broadway star like we don’t often get to see on tour. It was exciting, and I’m so thankful she toured.
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the Broadway Mouth
August 31, 2007