December 1, 1997 |
The actor playing Anna in "The King and I" need not be a singer. Consider Gertrude Lawrence, who originated the role in 1951 on Broadway. She was not much of a singer. Nor was Deborah Kerr, whose songs in the 1956 film version of the Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein musical were dubbed by Marni Nixon. In fact, the show is famous for making a star out of that least of singers, Yul Brynner, who not only originated the role of the King of Siam but seemed to make it his life's work.
December 13, 2009 |
Kate Hudson sang songs from "Annie" around the house as a kid, but she never had a professional singing job until she auditioned for the movie "Nine." She walked in and started a song from the show, "A Call From the Vatican." After her first line, a soaring "Guiiiidoooh," the director, Rob Marshall, stopped her. "Does anybody know you can sing?" he said. Hudson blushed. "I don't think so," she replied. Hudson, who landed the role of Stephanie, is one of many stars to reveal a secret singing talent, as movie musicals have become more popular in recent years.
October 14, 1990
With the high rate of crime affecting all of us, my mind can't comprehend the intense drama, sprinkled liberally with singing cops and gangbangers, in "Cop Rock." This has got to be the dumbest TV show that I have ever seen. Steven Bochco--you can forget about singing lawyers and politicians, too. You're getting tired--better take a vacation. Henry Sakaida, Temple City
July 29, 1990
How interesting that you failed to highlight PBS reruns of "The Singing Detective" in the July 8 edition of TV Times. Viewers will be interested to know there is an entire Dennis Potter retrospective that began July 8 on KCET, which will include all the episodes of "The Singing Detective" as well as "Pennies From Heaven." Katie Layman, Los Angeles
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February 12, 1997 |
Kenneth Foster got an early Valentine's Day treat Tuesday, delivered by four red-vested, bow-tied singers. "Dear valentine, my valentine . . . " sang the lead, Art Clayton; tenor, John Rambo; bass, Fred Robirds; and baritone, Stan Tinkle. Along with their harmonious tunes, the barbershop quartet, known as Jubilee, also sang "Happy Birthday" to the surprised Foster, who turned 67 Tuesday.
November 24, 1990
Since they earned millions for not singing a note, they prove the old axiom that "silence is golden." KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Cypress
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1993 |
Mary Radis spent her 89th birthday doing what she enjoys most: singing. But instead of entertaining residents in a convalescent center or a retirement home, as she usually does with her singing troupe, the Golden Aires, the Northridge resident celebrated her birthday by singing holiday carols to elementary school children. "It gives me joy to sing," Radis said. "It's much better than sitting home and feeling sorry for myself."