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re: also... why does he sing it so much less in the film than he even does on the OBC?
Last Edit: PlayWiz 10:37 pm EDT 04/03/21
Posted by: PlayWiz 10:30 pm EDT 04/03/21
In reply to: also... why does he sing it so much less in the film than he even does on the OBC? - Chazwaza 08:47 pm EDT 04/03/21

I'd venture to say that performances by trained singers might vary somewhat from performance to performance, and Harrison certainly wasn't a musician or trained singer at all. The film was made probably about 3 or 4 years after he had finished doing the NY and London runs, too. I think he and Andrews did like 3 1/2 years of it ending around 1959 or 1960, so he had to probably work up his performance again and probably had some fresh ideas, too. He was, however, noted by the creative team, at least to my recollection Lerner, Loewe and the musical director, for having very good sense of rhythm, which helped in his patter songs. Harrison knew he had a very limited singing range, but he had a very big speaking range with very good control of that -- catch him in "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" where he actually uses a much lower speaking tone especially at the beginning of the film. But even Julie Andrews' performance changes between the OCR NY and the London recording -- plus being captured in real-time, Andrews even sniffs at one point on the London during I think "Show Me" number, because -- being a real person, she has a cold on the day of the recording session. She also declaims and does some more speak-singing, probably from having witnessed Harrison doing so much of it during his performance, she started to employ it more in some of her subsequent performances. I don't think anyone was necessarily going to call out Harrison for doing more speak-singing or any variation of what had been a smash hit performance -- he had a reputation for not being the nicest celebrity-- and I'm being generous in my wording if you knew his personal history or some of the stories about him.
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