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Long over the hill...
on May 26, 2007
Michael Crawford is known for "Phantom" and little else, except maybe the 1969 movie version of "Hello Dolly". If you want to hear him at his falsetto worst, check out that movie. Even if he is best known as the Phantom, he is by far and away NOT the best Phantom. Crawford has always brought falsetto to a new "high" (pardon the pun). You want to see the best Phantom, check out Craig Schulman, best known for almost 2000 performances as Valjean in "Les Miserables"... or Cris Groenendaal... or the current Phantom, Howard McGillin. All so much better than Crawford.
To hear Crawford sing "Bring Him Home" from "Les Mis".... well, that is simply a travesty. Get your hands on the CD "Craig Schulman on Broadway" and hear how it SHOULD sound, not to mention a rendition of "Music of the Night" which will bring tears to your eyes.