My Fair Lady [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

My Fair Lady [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]


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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 and Natalie Wood in West Side Story, 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. [The 1994 CD reissue adds a number of choral and orchestral interludes, as well as reprises of a few songs.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/1994
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646671122
catalogNumber: 66711
Rank: 9199

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Theodore Bikel   cast
André Previn   Conductor
Marni Nixon   Vocals
Julie Andrews   Track Performer
Rex Harrison   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Jeremy Brett   cast
Stanley Holloway   Vocals,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

André Previn   Musical Supervision
Alexander Courage   Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer,Lyricist,Book
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
Cecil Beaton   Cover Photo
Darcy M. Proper   Remixing

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