Last Friday my mom and I chanced upon a broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel on TV, so I ended a tiring work week with an unexpected joy.
I was completely crushing on Gordon MacRae, who played carnival barker Billy Bigelow.
On the weekend, I found several versions of If I Loved You on You Tube and ooo-ed and aahh-ed over all of them - which gave me the idea to have a sing-off here at my Through the Opera Glasses post.
Patrick Wilson, shown here at an intimate performance space in New York known as Seth's Broadway Chatterbox.
Next, we have Hugh Jackman in concert at Carnegie Hall. Keep in mind the audio recording leaves something to be desired. If I Loved You begins at the 2:50 mark:
Our final contender - Gordon MacRae, from the 1956 film. His version starts at 5:08 (with a sigh-worthy kiss preceded by a gaze of desire starting at 7:21) :
What say you?
Janet says I love the last one. But Hugh Jackman? Sigh! Can't decide between the two.
Yousei Hime says Personally, I vote for Hugh Jackman. Mmmmmmmmmm.
Julianne MacLean says I gotta vote for Patrick here. I felt the deep pain and angst, and that's what always gets me, as you know :). Such an intimate performance. Go Patrick go!
And the winner is....Hugh Jackman! Thanks for voting.