The Definitive “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” YouTube Countdown

January 27th, 2014 by

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A lot goes into making a stellar Christine Daae, the leading lady of the iconic Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera; but, if we are going to be truly honest with ourselves, it all comes down to nailing the Act Two solo “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.” BroadwayBox trolled YouTube far and wide to come up with 10 videos of actresses singing the powerful Andrew Lloyd Webber tune [note some of your favorites might not be here because Broadway/West End bootlegs were disqualified—official videos only]. Scroll on as we countdown from “meh” to middle of the office standing ovation, then tweet us (@BroadwayBox) your picks.

PS: If you want to hear how current Christine (Mary Michael Patterson) measures up, snag a ticket to see Phantom at the Majestic Theatre.

10. Tabitha Webb

It just needs a little more. Doesn’t quite pack the full punch.

9. Hollie Steel

This ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ contestant gets points for being so young and even taking the mammoth song on.

8. Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum, star of the criminally underrated Phantom movie, brings some real emotion to the piece.

7. Erin Fillingham

Ms. Fillingham has the distinction of being the only high school performer to make the countdown. #WellDeserved

6. Kristin Chenoweth

It’s such a treat to hear Cheno sing this song. Ah, what could have been.

5. Lisa Crosato

It’s quite amazing how effortlessly Crosato sings the big notes.

4. Michael Crawford

The only male on the list, Michael Crawford can do no wrong when it comes to ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’

3. Mirusia Louwerse

This real-life Australian opera singer is giving all kinds of vocal moments and flair.

2. Sarah Brightman

The original Angel of Music, Sarah Brightman, still has one of the best renditions you'll ever hear (even with different lyrics).

1. Sierra Boggess

However, it’s safe to say the quintessential “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” now belongs to Broadway’s own Sierra Boggess, who played Christine in Vegas, London and NYC.