I see a lot of shows. Like, a lot. I’ve SEEN a lot of shows. Hundreds if not thousands, because…well, I’m BroadwaySpotted. That’s just what I do. But there are still those people who I look back in time and cry over missing.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. I don’t really cry every time, but I am super sad that I missed these performers. I would love to go back in time and see them live!
(In no particular order…)
1. Julie Andrews
I know what you’re thinking. But, BroadwaySpotteeeed! Julie Andrews isn’t dead! You didn’t miss her. Well, except that I kind of did. I’ve never seen her live (except at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade one years) and she’s not exactly performing anymore. Sad, but true. Yes, we have her immortalized forever in great movies like Cinderella, Sound of Music, and Mary Poppins (just to name a few), but it’s so not the same. Look at that picture of her in My Fair Lady and tell me you wouldn’t kill to go back in time and see it live?? Ahhh
2. Gordan McCrae
Again, we’ve got this dude on film! We’ve got a lot of him on film. But look at that face! Listen to that voice! I really would’ve loved to be around in the 1940s to see him on the stage. His voice is so full and soaring. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. I used to watch Carousel and uncountable number of times. It was one of my “I’m home sick” movies when I was a kid (shocking that I grew up to this, right?). I really wanted to clean the stars with him and do the beach ballet with his daughter…
3. Ethel Merman
I think this one is a given. Even if you didn’t grow up with Gordon Macrae or Howard Keel (he’s coming next) you know about this woman. She MADE belting. I don’t think anyone disputes that. Let’s bring her back and show everyone what’s up. I don’t really have a particular show, I’d see her in anything.
4. Howard Keel
I find that of all the people on this list, Howard Keel is the least well know. In fact, comment below if you knew about him before coming to this page, just as a little poll.
But either way, I think of all the people on this list, I might be saddest about missing Howard. If you have never heard his beautifully deep voice, look it up on youtube. I definitely had a huge crush on him as a kid. Who am I kidding? I still have a crush on him.
5. Judy Garland
Let’s be honest with ourselves. How many people who work in theatre DON’T wish they could go back and see one of those Live at Carnegie Hall performances? Isn’t she our spirit animal or something? Although of all the people on here, she probably has the most movies for us to cherish, it really is about seeing them LIVE. She had something, everyone admits it. Anyone who saw her will tell you that she was one of (if not the) greatest performer of her life time. And us youngins? We missed out.
I’m starting to get the feeling that if you were born after 1975 you missed out on a lot. I know I did…
Who do you cry over missing?