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My Fair Lady [Original Soundtrack]
     

My Fair Lady [Original Soundtrack]

 

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Inevitably, the original soundtrack to My Fair Lady is remembered, like the film, for the absence of Julie Andrews, who starred in the Broadway and London stage productions, but was deemed, at least at the time when the casting decision had to be made, not enough of a star to carry the movie. (Embarrassingly, by the time the movie opened, Mary Poppins

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Inevitably, the original soundtrack to My Fair Lady is remembered, like the film, for the absence of Julie Andrews, who starred in the Broadway and London stage productions, but was deemed, at least at the time when the casting decision had to be made, not enough of a star to carry the movie. (Embarrassingly, by the time the movie opened, Mary Poppins had made her more than enough of a star to do so.) Instead, Audrey Hepburn stepped into the role of the pre-World War I London flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who aspires to a better accent and the social advantages that will come with it. Ironically, Hepburn's voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon when it came to singing. (Nixon was an accomplished Hollywood voice ghost, having previously sung for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Rosalind Russell in Gypsy, among other assignments.) Rex Harrison re-created his stage role as the elocutionist, Professor Henry Higgins (he had also appeared in the film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, the source for My Fair Lady), as did Stanley Holloway, as Eliza's flamboyant Cockney father. It was good that Harrison and Holloway got to immortalize their performances on film, but since both were making their third recordings of the score, they didn't have much to add. Nixon (no doubt with bits of Hepburn here and there) was fine, but the composite performance lacked the flair that Andrews would have given it. The result was an acceptable recording that did not surpass the Broadway or London cast albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099707000029
catalogNumber:
915456
Rank:
34386

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Overture
  2. Why Can't the English?
  3. Wouldn't It Be Loverly?
  4. I'm an Ordinary Man
  5. With a Little Bit of Luck
  6. Just You Wait
  7. The Rain in Spain
  8. I Could Have Danced All Night
  9. Ascot Gavotte
  10. On the Street Where You Live
  11. You Did It
  12. Get Me to the Church on Time
  13. A Hymn to Him
  14. Without You
  15. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Theodore Bikel   cast
André Previn   Conductor
Marni Nixon   Vocals
Julie Andrews   Track Performer
Rex Harrison   Track Performer,cast
Jeremy Brett   cast
Stanley Holloway   Track Performer,cast
Audrey Hepburn   Track Performer,cast
Alan Jay Lerner   Lyre,Track Performer
James Morris   Track Performer
Reid Shelton   Track Performer
Philippa Bevans   Track Performer
Glenn Kezer   Track Performer
John Michael King   Track Performer
Herb Surface   Track Performer
Bill Shirley   Vocals
Wilfried Hyde-White   cast
Orchestra African Fiesta   Track Performer
Robert Coote   Track Performer
Gladys Cooper   cast
John Holland   cast
Servants   Track Performer
Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alexander Courage   Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Darcy Proper   Remixing
Robert Tucker   Vocal Arrangements
Robert Franklyn   Orchestration
Bob Peak   Cover Art
Jack Warner   Producer
Woodbury   Orchestration
Brooks Atkinson   Liner Notes
Andreas Meyer   Engineer

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