Stick To Your Genre: Blog-a-thon Day 15

You probably have seen the video of Robert Downey Jr. that has been going viral all over the Interweb. If you haven’t seen it, RDJ performed an amazing cover of The Police’s “Driven to Tears” at Sting’s 60th birthday. For some unknown reason (or maybe known reasons that I haven’t looked up) this 2011 video is just now surfacing. The thing that shocked everyone is that Jr is actually an amazing singer… like really amazing. I was personally shocked. I was also upset because I am still waiting to hear what he can’t do.

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This video happened to come out just a week or so after the news came out that Laura Osnes will be replaced by Carly Rae Jepson in the revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The Broadway community was very shocked and have instantly questioned the decision to put a pop singer in the role. I personally think it is kind of ridiculous and truly makes very little sense. However this is not the first time that something like this has happened in the Broadway community. In 2007 Clay Aiken joined the cast of Spamalot. I saw it. That does indeed mean I spent a “lovely” evening with the Claymates watching him on Broadway. He wasn’t bad. He also wasn’t good in comparison to the rest of the amazing cast (shout-out to the amazing Christopher Sieber).

The fact is there is a long standing tradition of Hollywood people crossing over into other mediums (and vice versa). Natasha Richardson won Tonys for her work in Cabaret but will always be known as the mom in the Parent Trap… at least to anyone who grew up in the 90s. Jared Leto won a Golden Globe a few nights ago however he is also a part of the multi-award winning 30 Seconds to Mars. This trend is becoming increasingly more common, with Oscar-winner Michelle Williams making her Broadway debut in Cabaret.

The question this all formed in my head is “at what point is it too much”? At what point do you have to say “stay with what you do and I’ll do what I do”? The fact is, a lot of people were upset with the Jepsen decision (or as I now refer to it: the Jepsen-demic) because it eliminates jobs in there field. So what do you think? Is the single genre artist a thing of the past? Or in a world with over 6 billion people vying for similar jobs, should we limit the sort of lateral movement we are seeing in the industry?

Let me know your thougts on this one. And remember to comment, share, and subscribe for more musings.

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BREAKING NEWS: After I posted this blog Carly Rae posted pictures of her costume fitting with the mind-blowingly awesome William Ivey Long. Enjoy.

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