Yesterday I watched my first performance at the Orpheum with Ryan. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra provides a deal for full-time university students to see shows for $10.00! You just apply online or by phone for a student access pass and with this, you can see almost all the performances for a very good price.
We went to see the Three Broadway Divas. They were doing two shows, one on Friday and one last night. We were sitting in A section seats: lower Balcony Row 7 Seats 153 & 154. These seats would have cost us almost $70 each, and that's the student price! What good deals we got!
First and foremost, the Orpheum is a beautiful building! I didn't expect it to be so classical looking. It definitely has character. Once I walked in, I felt like I was in a different world filled with music and fine arts. I will definitely come back again to see a classical music performance.
The three divas were Jan Horvath, Debbie Gravitte, and Lisa Vroman. I don't think the photo above has Lisa Vroman in it though. All of them had unique voices but my favourite would have to be Gravitte's. Not only was she such a charismatic host for the show, she had a beautiful, rich voice. She sounded the best when she was singing in the middle range. She did a wonderful job on Don't Rain on My Parade. Horvath was very good in Broadway Baby and especially in Don't Cry For Me Argentina. Her voice was fairly quiet most of the time, but at times she just belted out and surprised everybody. I was not a huge fan of Vroman's excessive use of vibrato though she did a beautiful job in I Could Have Danced All Night. There is no doubt that she is a magnificent professional singer and that her voice can go quite high, but perhaps her voice is more suitable for, in my opinion, opera.
I was disappointed that they did not perform For Good from Wicked, but other than that, I enjoyed the performance very much! It was well worth the $10 I paid for. I absolutely love broadway musicals. I am nuts about Broadway songs. I think I'll have to go see a musical performance sometime.
The Three Broadway Divas are touring all over North America. Gravitte and Horvath are performing in all the shows and the other singer changes from show to show.