The great Kelli O’Hara went to the same school as Kristin Chenoweth, and studied with same voice teacher, force of nature Florence Birdwell. Obviously, Ms. Birdwell knew her stuff (she was still alive last I heard, so I should say, “knows” her stuff), since both of them are Tony-award winning artists.
Kristin Chenoweth is known for being able to sing anything and the song “The Girl in 14G” was written for her multiple strengths by Jeanine Tesori. That song allowed her to sing in a character voice, operatically, in a jazz style, and finally a belt.
Kelli O’Hara decided that she was not to be outdone and commissioned Dan Lipton & David Rossmer to write her a song that showed off her country roots as well as her operatic training. The result was “They don’t let you in the opera when you’re a country star.”
While the song is hysterical, and beautifully sung, it also has a message that resonated with me. The lyrics that really spoke to me in this song came toward the end:
“When you hear no, don’t get upset
It means yes, but just not yet.
Fight the most when folks say you’re absurd
In the end, I believe we all get heard.”
Pasek & Paul said in Dear Evan Hansen, “You will be found.”
You will be heard.
Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow.
But you will be heard.
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