Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nixon's The One

Marni Nixon has died.  You may not know her face, but you know what she sounded like.  She was Hollywood's top voice double.

Tony is also dubbed.

This has both Marni and Audrey on different channels.


Anonymous Denver Guy said...

In the commentary by Jeremy Brett on the DVD of My Fair Lady, he notes that he was dubbed as well, and thought it very unfair because he was quite a good singer. With all the dubbing going on, one wonders why Rex Harrison wasn't dubbed?

2:27 PM, July 26, 2016  
Blogger LAGuy said...

That's always been the irony of that show. Everyone else sings, Harrison talks his way through his numbers. But that's the style he made famous on Broadway and that was the one thing no one could dub.

It's interesting to look at classic musicals and see how sometimes important leads could barely sing--Sam Leven in Guys And Dolls and Jack Klugman in Gypsy are a couple examples. And others weren't necessarily great singers, but had the personality to put their numbers over, like, say, Yul Brynner in The King And I, or even Robert Preston in The Music Man, who carries the show.

Opera requires real pipes, but many a Broadway musical, with their mix of story, song and dance, have different requirements.

2:34 PM, July 26, 2016  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

So why am I thinking of Clint Eastwood and Paint Your Wagon?

3:23 PM, July 27, 2016  
Blogger LAGuy said...

Still a better singer than Lee Marvin.

3:28 PM, July 27, 2016  

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