Why Do Directors Insist On Casting Bad Singers in Musicals?


It's happened ever since musicals have hit the big screen, and now with musical sitcoms like Glee, you inevitably have them: bad singers in musicals. Why, oh why, do you insist on doing this? 

I can think of so many right off hand it's not even funny: Cory Monteith from Glee, Pierce Brosnan from Mamma Mia (and the James Bond Musical where he also belted a tune off-key), Sarah Michelle Gellar from Hairspray, Nicole Kidman from Moulin Rouge, the entire cast from My Fair Lady. Simply awful. 

Listen, if I'm going to pay to see a musical or watch a musical sitcom on TV, I want to watch some people that can actually carry a tune. Of course, sex sells, so when it comes to cheesy movies like musicals, they're going to cast the actors with the most sex appeal, not necessarily with the best singing voices. I know, it's inevitable, but still. I don't want to listen to stuff that makes my ears bleed. 

Please Hollywood, listen to my (and so many others') pleas. Do us all a favor and have some vocal auditions for your singing roles. We've heard one too many an actor belting tunes painfully off-key in what's supposed to be a "quality production." Do it for the sake of all of us, and save us some pain. Thank you. 


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