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PostSubject: Article from Theater Mania April 10th 2008   Article from Theater Mania  April 10th 2008 2rzevleThu Apr 10 2008, 03:52

Strictly For the Record
Melissa Errico, Sara Gettelfinger, and Karen Mason are among the Broadway ladies releasing new CDs.

Sara Gettelfinger can be heard as part of the unusual all-girl trio Three Graces, which recently released their self-titled debut CD (and who will perform for Pope Benedict in Westchester on April 19, opening for pop diva Kelly Clarkson)

In Greek mythology, the three graces represent beauty, wisdom, and charm -- which makes Sara Gettelfinger and her cohorts, opera singer Joy Kabanuck and pop singer Kelly Levesque, well-suited to Three Graces, which was created by record executive Dave Novick. The ladies harmonize on a diverse group of ballads, sung in a diverse group of languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, and English. And Gettelfinger is the first one to admit that part of the assignment was a little daunting.

"I can honestly say the extent of my French was what I learned during my ballet training and whatever Spanish I knew came from watching Sesame Street," she says with a laugh. "But I had to learn some Italian when I did Nine, and during that show I had come to understand that I had a pretty good ear and could learn a song phonetically. But what's really special about those cuts, like when we do English songs like These Dreams and Against All Odds in other languages, is that we went through three or four translations before settling on one, because it had to match up both emotionally and linguistically."

Gettelfinger was no stranger to the recording studio, having been part of the cast albums of Nine, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Grey Gardens, but says she was unprepared for this kind of project. "It was a true education for me," she says. "When you do a cast album, part of your goal is to embody and echo the live theatrical experience, so you sing a song from start to finish, and sometimes the rough edges stay. But here, because the CD is the way this music is meant to be delivered, the time, energy, and detail that goes into every word and every breath is just so extensive. And while in theater, you're taught not to really depend on the microphone, here it's all about learning how to love and utilize it."

Still, Gettelfinger did find one similarity between her two fields. "Sometimes, we would spend three days bleeding over a song only for the producer to come back and say, 'maybe it would be better if Sara and Joy switched parts'" she notes. "And I thought, it's just like being in theater previews. You have to remind yourself to be fearless and accept what will be will be, and what will not, will not."

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