Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Szot on The View; Gunn on Kennedy Center Honors

Barihunks takes great pride in the fact that we discovered Paulo Szot long before Broadway. It is thrilling to see the enormous success that he's had in South Pacific. Word is that he left the show to return to opera in 2009. It is also refreshing to see how casually he "came out" and how it had no effect on his career. This is a guy who can cross over to Broadway with amazing ease.

New Yorker reviewer John Lahr perfectly captured Szot by describing him as having, "...a resounding, creamy bass voice and a warm masculine presence."

Speaking of barihunks who can cross over easily to Broadway musicals, Nathan Gunn will appear on "The Kennedy Center Honors" tonight on CBS. This year, they are honoring Morgan Freeman, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp, George Jones, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

Gunn will be singing "Somewhere" from West Side Story with Kelli O'Hara as part of the tribute to Barbra Streisand.

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  1. According to published reports, Szot is out of South Pacific to fulfill an opera and concert committment only to the end of January when he will be returning to the show. He will be out of the show again later in the Spring for another opera committment and then back again. Timing is important if you want to see him. :)

  2. Christina, Thanks for the update.

  3. Just watched "Top Gunn." Interesting that he opted for the same hairdo as Babs.

  4. Why was there no energy between O'Hara and Gunn? They never looked at each other and they sang from opposite sides of the stage. Nonetheless, it's nice to see a barihunk on the Kennedy Honors.