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TOURING AUSTRALIA ON

JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019

Melbourne

Friday 18th January, Saturday 19th January 2019 - Chapel off Chapel.

Sydney

Wednesday 23rd January, Thursday 24th January 2019 - Seymour Centre

Perth

Sunday 10th February-Wednesday 13th February 2019 - Fringe World

ABOUT THE VOICE BEHIND THE STARS

This one-woman show tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time, 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. Featuring much-loved tunes from West Side Story, My Fair Lady and The King and I, this show is not to be missed.

This one-woman show tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time, 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. Featuring much-loved tunes from West Side Story, My Fair Lady and The King and I, this show is not to be missed.

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. Luckily for her, Deborah Kerr (The King & I, An Affair to Remember), who she dubbed for extensively, ‘accidentally’ spilled the beans about Marni. ‘It happened last night!’,

‘Deborah tells a secret’ – these headlines lead to interviews with all the papers and even Time Magazine. But despite all of this notoriety, her work as the ‘ghostess with the mostess(t)’ is still mostly unknown.

Marni spent her whole dubbing career struggling for credit and royalties. She was paid only $420 for her work on The King and I, which is still one of the top selling albums of all time. After a long battle she was gifted a quarter of a percent by Leonard Bernstein himself 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 Australian actress/singer Eliza Jackson. Eliza trained at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA, Australia) and has worked extensively in both singing and acting, performing all over London in classic venues such as the St James Theatre, The Pheasantry, Century Club, Soho House and The Underbelly Festival. She will be directed by Ian Good, who has directed all over the UK, including a tenure as Artistic Director of The Dumfries and Galloway Theatre Arts Project.

This is Eliza’s debut at The Edinburgh Fringe and the world premiere of The Voice Behind the Stars.

CAST & CREATIVE

Eliza Jackson

actress

Eliza was born and bred in Sydney, Australia but is now based in London, UK. She trained at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (Australia) and has worked extensively in both singing and acting.

Ian Good

director

Ian was born and bred in Newcastle and worked with many of the local companies till he went to drama school in London.

Ian started directing as a student and won The International Student’s Award…

ticket-info

Ticket Info

EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018
ASSEMBLY ROOMS (Venue 20)

AUGUST 2ND - 12TH, 14TH - 26TH

£11/10 (STANDARD), £10/9 (CONCESSIONS), £7 (PREVIEW)

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