Which do you prefer?
Now me, I like Alfie Boe a lot. You can keep your Colm Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Ramin Karimloo and all the others. Alfie is my Jean Valjean. And he has a purer voice than Springsteen, though arguably not as expressive a one.
But Alfie is not a natural performer, to my mind. He’s someone who seems more comfortable hiding behind a role.
And performance is where Springsteen is at.
Just as soon as this posts I’m going to try playing them both together. That should be interesting.