What’s so great about Rachel York, among many other things, is the versatility in her voice. She has the big Broadway soprano sound that allows her to do the classic shows like Kiss Me, Kate, but she’s also got the belt that allows her to give passion to contemporary roles like Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel or to do a comedic role like her turn as Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
I saw Rachel York in Kiss Me, Kate on tour, and I love revisiting that performance on the DVD recording of the London production. First of all, she’s just so beautiful, but then she has the comedic bite to tear into Lilli Vanessi and pull out all the laughs and the romance.
One of my favorite listens is her songs on the encore CD of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Her “I’ll Forget You” is loaded with such passion and longing that it makes me wish shows with such epic scores were still being produced to give York a chance to do more of those sorts of roles.
the Broadway Mouth
August 22, 2007