Singing Guide: International Revue Sugar Babies

Singing Guide: International Revue Sugar Babies

Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources

Are you a beginner or advanced singer?

Sugar Babies is a musical revue created by Ralph G. Allen and Harry Rigby that originated on Broadway in 1979. The show pays tribute to the burlesque era of the early twentieth century, particularly the famous Ziegfeld Follies productions. The original production featured music by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and iconic performers such as Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney.

If you want to learn to sing like Ann Miller, a skilled and seasoned performer, you need to pay attention to the following aspects of singing:

  • Breath Control

    Ann Miller was famous for her incredible dance numbers and her breath support during singing. Techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing and ribcage expansion are critical for proper breath control. Check out this Breath Support article if you want to see how to do it.

  • Vocal Range and Pitch

    Ann Miller was known for her powerful, high-pitched singing voice. If you want to imitate her, you need to master your vocal range and pitch accuracy. Pitch Test and Pitch Monitor in Singing Carrots can help you test and visualize your pitch.

  • Articulation

    Ann Miller's clear, crisp diction was an integral part of her famous tap dancing performances. To imitate her style, you need to focus on your own articulation. This Articulation article shows you how to improve it.

  • Song Choice

    Ann Miller had a range of songs, but "Too Darn Hot" from the musical "Kiss Me, Kate" was one of her most famous roles. Musicals are a perfect choice to showcase your singing, as they offer a variety of emotions and vocal techniques. Search for your favorite musicals and find karaoke tracks and sheet music in the Singing Carrots songbook.

  • Vocal Strain

    Ann Miller's capability to maintain a high singing and dancing performance was extraordinary, but exerting oneself excessively can lead to vocal strain. If you need help avoiding vocal strain, the Vocal Health article will give you tips for taking care of your vocal cords.

In summary, to sing like Ann Miller, focus on breath control, vocal range, pitch accuracy, articulation, song choice, and avoiding vocal strain. With these tips and Singing Carrots' tools, such as pitch tests and songbooks, you can practice her unique vocal technique.

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