I didn’t get to see James Arnold Taylor’s one man show at Star Wars Weekends but my friend J.W. did. She was kind enough to write up a review of the show. Here’s what she says:
The show starts with your typical announcer voice telling you how great James Arnold Taylor is – then the curtain parts to show James Arnold Taylor doing the voice himself. That really set the tone (laugh out loud funny). There were two screen on either side of the stage in addition to the two mounted on either wall (used for intros in Stars of the Saga, etc). All four screens were used, most notably so “Obi-Wan” could make an appearance from time to time (“Between you and Anakin I don’t know why I bother!”)
First, he talked about his backstory, including this adorable pic of him as a kid. He also did some radio voices.
This clip was part of his show:
Next, he talked about how his career evolved (commercials, etc) and demonstrated the life of a voice actor (you spend a lot of time in a padded room talking to yourself, etc.) Then he demonstrated the “vocal highway.” This video is similar:
He ended on an inspirational message (best part of the show, if you ask me). He explained how, just when his dreams started coming together (he’d landed Obi-Wan, was working on Johnny Test, etc.), he got sick and was told his voice may never return to its full capacity. He explained how faith got him through this and urged everyone present to have faith in THEIR dreams. 🙂
All in all, a GREAT show. I’d highly recommend it!