Contraltos are the lowest female singers commonly heard. Unlike their male counterparts (the basses), however, roles for altos are a bit more common, especially in rock musicals. In more traditional pieces, altos are frequently middle-aged leading women, though some of those are mezzos as well. The only role demographic altos have a firm hold over is for women over sixty - which in most shows means grandmothers. In the rare case that there is a female villain in a show, she will probably be an alto.
I found this in my drafts and have no memory of writing it last night when i was drinking
“I am happy to announce that we here at the Lincoln Center have recently received an anonymous endowment that will keep us fully funded for the next two decades. The only stipulation to this endowment is that the donor has requested that we put on a revival of several Stephen Sondheim productions with actor Danny Devito cast in roles that will explore gender identity, sexuality, and class politics, among other worthy topics, in American society.
The inclusion of Mr. DeVito is not to mock these topics or to simply have shock value, but to see how such exemplary works of the American musical theater can be transformed by unlikely casting and what this casting can teach us about the society in which we live."
"Mr. DeVito can be seen in the following roles over the next year, with dates to be announced as soon as they are available:
Mdme. Armfeldt in A Little Night Music Clara in Passion Rose in a gender-swapped Gypsy The Ensemble in Sweeney Todd Jack in Into the Woods Pacific Overtures***
***Mr. DeVito’s final role of this special series will not be onstage, but in the pit accompanying the orchestra with improvisational jazz kazoo and recorder. His beloved wife, Rhea Perlman, will join the cast as the Bowler Hat.
Title: Little Gypsy: A Life of Freedom, A Time of Secrets.
Author: Roxy Freeman
Page Count: 277
in 1979, Roxy Freeman grew up travelling around Ireland and England in a
horse-drawn wagon with her mother and father and five siblings. Life
was harsh but it was a childhood of freedom spent in harmony with
nature. Roxy didn’t know her time-tables but she could milk a goat, ride
a horse and cook dinner on an open fire before she was ten. But when the family came
to England, they faced prejudice and hostility and Roxy started
receiving the unwelcome attentions of a family friend known as ‘Uncle
Tony’, which she endured in secret for years. Then, one day, she told
the police about Tony and a manhunt ensued for the man newspapers dubbed
'Britain’s most-wanted paedophile’. Despite all of her difficulties,
Roxy developed a passion for music and her dancing skills took her
around the world. This
beautifully written story is a frank portrait of an extraordinary life,
and a unique insight into the lives of girls born into traveller