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Rare Performance By Marni Nixon Should Be Loverly!

By Scott Feinberg

hollywoodnews.com: Marni Nixon has often been called one of the “unsung” talents of Hollywood’s Golden Age, but that’s probably not the most fitting of labels considering she sang more iconic songs in classic movies than just about anyone.

Nixon, a lifelong singer who turned 80 in February, dubbed the voices of many A-list actresses who were cast in movie musicals but lacked the musical chops to do their own singing. Her most prominent assignments were Deborah Kerr on “The King and I” (1956) and “An Affair to Remember” (1957), Natalie Wood on “West Side Story” (1961), and Audrey Hepburn on “My Fair Lady” (1964), each of whose singing she dubbed nearly entirely. She also tackled select notes and songs for Margaret O’Brien on “The Secret Garden” (1949), Jeanne Crain on “Cheaper by the Dozen” (1950), Marilyn Monroe on “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), and one of the geese in “Mary Poppins” (1964). Though Nixon appeared in dozens of bit parts as a child, she rarely appeared on screen as an adult. One noteworthy exception, however, was “The Sound of Music” (1965), in which she appeared as a nun. While Nixon enjoyed her film work, she spent the vast majority of her career performing live music and theater—including numerous Broadway productions—and came to be widely regarded as one of the world’s talented sopranos.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend several hours chatting with Nixon at her home in New York City about her remarkable life and career. At the conclusion of our visit, I was notified that movie and music lovers will soon have a rare opportunity to see her perform in-person when she appears at New York City’s Broadway Emporium, located at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, from 9:30-10:45pm on August 3, 2010. To reserve tickets to both hear and—for perhaps the first time—see Nixon deliver her definitive renditions of songs like “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” visit americantheatrenetwork.com or call 1-866-468-7619. Trust me: you won’t be sorry.

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One Comment

  • July 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    I saw your article and had to comment. I had the opportunity to see “My Fair Lady” the last time it came through Chicago. When I got my programme, and looked through the cast and crew, I was beside myself with excitement to see Ms. Nixon listed in the role of Lady Higgins. When she came out for the first time, she recieved a round of applause. What a joy it was to see someone of such history on stage. I think the only thing that has made me that giddy when I saw Julie Andrews on PBS sing at the end of “Love Songs of Broadway” on PBS.

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