How would a great singer play a mediocre one?
July 29, 2012 7:56 PM Subscribe
Broadway-musical-meta-performance-filter: In "shows within a show," do actors/singers/dancers typically play down from their top standard, if the character is not at the top of the profession?
posted by randomkeystrike to media & arts (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I played in the pit for a community production of "State Fair." There's a scene where a woman sings and dances as part of a show at the fair ("You Never Had it so Good"). The character is a singer/hoofer on the midwestern fair circuit in 1946. When this was done in movies and on Broadway, the actress/singer was a top professional. In a number like this, would they intentionally perform somewhat under the usual standard, to depict the character's somewhat limited professional chops? If not in this play, can you think of some examples where this sort of thing was done? (Note: at the community theatre, no dialing back of the talent seemed necessary)