City Paper is not for tourists
The performers you see on area stages? They’re professionals. They work their tails off to entertain you, to move you, to get it right night after night.
Sometimes that can be dull. Sometimes that can lead to moments like this one, in which singer Tracy Lynn Olivera — currently appearing as Fantine in the Signature Theatre’s production of Les Misérables — tries out an, erm, un-canonical reading of the character’s signature aria, “I Dreamed a Dream,” during a January put-in rehearsal:
I’m hearing like three or four different parody styles there — is that a Beyoncé she pulled, right around the minute mark, and did it segue into a Patti LuPone? — and damn if they’re not all pretty well executed.
Curse you, Tracy Lynn: Isn’t it enough that you’re talented in one genre?
Hat-tip to Weslie Woodley and other ‘Les Miz’ cast members, whose Facebook hysterics alerted me to this gem …