Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera: A recent interview over at MTV has actress Minnie Driver talking about her upcoming role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. Here's a taste...
"With no disrespect to Renée Zellweger, who has a nice voice, 'Chicago' can be transposed to a place that is much more contemporary," Driver explained. "Andrew Lloyd Webber is ripping off actual operas — Mozart, Wagner — and you're singing in that style. You have to be such an accomplished singer. I could only fake it to a point. I could sing the low stuff. But the high stuff? Forget about it. There's only like 60 women in England who could sing one particular part. It was like glass breaking and dogs start howling when you are singing up there. There was no way."
The movie is, as Driver put it, "a full-blown opera." Yet the actress is convinced it will have the same sort of impact "Chicago" had in 2002.
"It's got this super-charged appeal," she said. "Fifteen million people have seen it worldwide. Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the catchiest pop songs. It's 'Moulin Rouge,' but much more classical. It's certainly as big and amazing."
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