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re: My Fair Lady -- Question about Rex Harrison's Vocals
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 08:53 am EDT 04/04/21
In reply to: re: My Fair Lady -- Question about Rex Harrison's Vocals - Michael_Portantiere 11:24 pm EDT 04/03/21

Yes, I have finally seen that documentary and know about the mic in his tie so I assume that's how he recorded his solo numbers. That process is straightforward enough so that someone like me (who knows absolutely nothing about filming and recording musical numbers in a movie) can understand the entire process.

Here's what I don't understand. In The Rain in Spain number, do Harrison and Hyde-White sing live? Does Hepburn also speak her lines leading up to the song live and then just lip-sync Eliza's lyrics so that Nixon's vocals can be added later? Or is Nixon actually on the set (but out of sight) and singing the lyrics to Hepburn's miming? I know these questions must sound stupid to those who understand the whole process, but honestly I just want to take this opportunity to find out exactly how the whole recording thing is actually done.

BTW I think you have done a great service to all of us non-insiders (I hope I'm not the only one) by bringing up all these issues regarding the My Fair Lady film. I'm really learning a lot of things I never knew or really understood. Even though I have owned the DVD of My Fair Lady for at least 15 years, I never bothered to watch the documentary (on disc #2) about the making of the film until yesterday.
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