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Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson Knocked This Phantom of the Opera Cover Out of the Park

Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson Knocked This Phantom of the Opera Cover Out of the Park

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Nov. 3 2015 9:11 PM

Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson Knocked This Phantom of the Opera Cover Out of the Park

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The merits of Andrew Lloyd Webber—sappy hit-maker? one-note fraud? musical genius?—have been the subject of many a dinner party fracas. Less debatable are the vocal abilities of Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson, and their cover of The Phantom of the Opera’s “All I Ask of You” should soothe even the most fervent Webber skeptic.

Groban is very much in his slow-boil, baritone comfort zone here, but Clarkson, queen of the live cover, continues to astound with her range: There are only a handful of singers who could tackle Webber and Rihanna with equal élan. The duet was part of Stages Live, a PBS special based on Groban’s Stages album, which celebrates his lifelong love for Broadway musicals.

Sharan Shetty is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. You can follow him on Twitter