Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation has been out for almost a month now, and the covers are starting to come. On Friday, December 1st, two of Broadway’s finest voices treated us to a rendition we didn’t know we needed. Singers Shoshana Bean and Cynthia Erivo covered “I Did Something Bad,” and the internet went wild — including Ms. Swift herself.
Bean is best known as the actress who took over the role of Elphaba from Idina Menzel in Wicked on Broadway. And Cynthia Erivo is known for her Tony-winning performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple. Together, they took a stab at Swift’s deliciously petty “I Did Something Bad.” And they succeeded with flying colors.
Bean and Erivo took a stripped down orchestra-backed approach to the song, featuring just a cello and a violin. But their delivery is supreme. They chose to remain stoic and to face forward during the entire video, and it’s downright chillingly beautiful. Their straight faces really add a theatrical element to lines like, “If a man talks shit then I owe him nothing, I don’t regret it one bit cause he had it coming.”
Not to mention those Broadway-trained voices. Watch Bean and Erivo’s incredible cover below. That eye contact, though.
Swift herself recognized how amazing the cover is.
She tweeted a link to the YouTube video with a simple caption: “Absolutely stunning.”
Game recognizes game.
Now we’re ready for a full Reputation cover from Bean and Erivo, à la Ryan Adams’ for 1989. Get to recording, ladies.