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The Voice Behind the Stars

This one-woman show tells the story of the prolific ghost singer Marni Nixon: the best film diva you (almost) never saw.

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Category: Cabaret
Company: Eliza Jackson
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The Voice Behind the Stars

Date: 18 Dec 2018

This one-woman show tells the story of the prolific ghost singer Marni Nixon: the best film diva you (almost) never saw.

Dubbing for over 50 Hollywood films, she was the singing voice for stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe.

In a classic story of old Hollywood, Marni Nixon had to sign her life away. She was forbidden from telling anyone who or what films she sang on. She spent Marni spent her whole dubbing career struggling for credit and royalties (she was paid just $420 for her work on The King and I, which is still one of the top selling albums of all time) and after a long battle she was gifted a quarter of a percent by Leonard Bernstein for her work as Maria’s singing voice on West Side Story. Because of this, all ghost singers to this day must be credited and awarded royalty points accordingly.

Marni went on to star in Broadway shows, sing for Liberace, tour the world and host an Emmy award-winning kids show, but she only ever had one onscreen credit – The Sound of Music, where she plays Sister Sophia.

Marni Nixon is played by Eliza Jackson. Ian Good directs.

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