“You’ve got pluck, girl!”
That’s what Patti LuPone, star of stage and screen and the original Fantine in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Les Misérables, had to say about Internet sensation Susan Boyle’s performance “I Dreamed a Dream” on CBS’ The Early Show.
Boyle looks like she’s ready to burst with pride. (However, as a few people have noted, Patti’s unfortunate use of the term “pluck,” really was, well, unfortunate.)
As for Boyle’s actual performance, I’m skeptical for three reasons:
1) The performance looks edited within an inch of its life. The overly enthusiastic “audience response” is a result of that.
2) Her voice is nice, but not something I’d buy a CD to listen to.
3) The deep cynic in me wonders if she’s really a real person, or a persona created by media conglomerates to drive ratings for YouTube or BBC or some such.
However, if I’m wrong on all three accounts, I love her. (Hi, my name is Bob, and I’m a chronic cynic.)
Finally, a rare performance of LuPone in Fantine fright wig and rags singing a truncated version of “I Dreamed a Dream”:
I couldn’t find that clip. So here she is singing the pensive, pathos-laden balled with a chic bob and cream suit.