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Showtune Sunday: Dubbing Through the Decades in Musicals – even Angela Lansbury was once dubbed!

Rosalind Russell in Gypsy and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady are two of the most famous examples of movie stars with limited singing abilities being cast as the lead in major Hollywood musicals and having their singing dubbed.

I had not realized how common this was until watching this video compilation – even very capable singers like Angela Lansbury, a Broadway musical legend, have been dubbed!

Below is Rosalind Russell singing Everything’s Coming Up Roses in her own voice.

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2 Remarks

  1. Some of them make no sense, as you point out, because the actors are singers! Others are no brain Eres! We know they can’t sing like that. The weird thing is the people singing have to make their voices sound like the actor’ voice, for example, Rosalind Russell! The strangest to me was Marlena Dietrich! Not only did the singer have to do her accent BUT Dietrich started out as a Cabaret singer in Germany!

    Thanks, though. Great post!

  2. July 2nd, 2017 at 11:34 pm
    Bruce Wayne says:

    It must have been humiliating to them…’Here, we want you in our musical, but you Suck, so we’re going to Dub your voice!’

    That’s Entertainment!


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