I by no means actually anticipated to listen to a mashup of Depraved the musical and Whitney Houston’s biggest hits, however now that I’ve, I am going to by no means return. Michael Korte, the thoughts behind “#HAM4BEY” and the favored Sister Act 2 medley, not too long ago introduced a brand new group of artists — Avery Wilson, Brooke Simpson, Candice Boyd, George Lovett, Pia Toscano, and Sheléa — collectively to honor certainly one of music’s biggest icons and Broadway’s greatest musicals. Korte advised CelebrityPie, this mission has been on the highest of his thoughts for years.
“I’ve needed to deal with #WICKED4WHITNEY for the reason that launch of my first ever music video creation #HAM4BEY!” he defined. “There was one thing terrifying concerning the imaginative and prescient — driving that worry was the need to do Whitney Houston justice. My inventive associate and buddy, Jared Jenkins, did the whole association for this piece and it’s due to him that these two fully completely different worlds had been capable of mesh so superbly.”
The video tackles difficult tracks like Houston’s “How Will I Know” and Depraved‘s “Defying Gravity,” however these singers make the vocals look easy. Korte mentioned it took “months” to search out the correct performers for this mission. “I knew there have been only a few singers that would serve Whitney caliber vocals but in addition be prepared to deal with the spirit and ship the narrative of the Depraved,” he mentioned. “It began in fantasy (suppose fantasy soccer however for Broadway) then started the method of asking (typically begging) these artists to purchase into my loopy imaginative and prescient.”
Not one of the singers concerned come from a Broadway background, however as Sheléa advised CelebrityPie, Depraved introduced a welcome “new problem” to deliver “soulfulness” and “the spirit of Whitney” to Depraved‘s soundtrack. Her favourite half? Attending to be the Elphaba to Boyd’s Glinda in a novel manner. “It is simply that reconciliation and restoring that relationship and having that understanding as two girls, particularly on this month, March, that is Ladies’s Historical past Month,” she mentioned. “I assumed that was such a fantastic second. At first, we’re at one another’s throats loathing after which by the top, ‘as a result of I knew you, I’ve been perpetually modified for good.’ I simply liked that full-circle second.”
Korte mentioned he’ll stroll away from this mission really feel triumphant in what they had been capable of accomplish. “Bringing collectively among the most ridiculously proficient artists on this planet. The privilege to honor one of many biggest voices of all time and one of many biggest musicals of all time. Seeing by way of a dream that was years within the making.” Watch the complete mashup, above.