London Theatre Orchestra

Highlights from My Fair Lady

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This album presents ten tracks -- nine songs and the "Overture" -- from the Broadway musical My Fair Lady, performed by an entity credited as the London Theatre Orchestra and Singers. There are individual vocalists on the songs, which are performed in character as if from a stage production, but those vocalists are not identified individually. They are clearly professionals, and they sing competently, but their characterizations are not strong. My Fair Lady is a work that depends heavily on accents; after all, it is about a British elocutionist who teaches a lower-class woman to speak like an upper-class woman. But the singer who portrays the elocutionist and sings part or all of "You Did It," "The Rain in Spain," "I'm an Ordinary Man," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" doesn't even sound British, much less like a student of English speech. On the other hand, the singer who plays the woman's father, and who ought to sing "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "Get Me to the Church on Time" in a Cockney accent, sounds more like a denizen of London, Ontario, than London, England, even though he throws in a mispronounced word here and there. Much the same thing could be said of the woman who sings "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," and "Without You," although she has a nice singing voice. The album, thus, comes off like some road-show version of My Fair Lady and offers little competition to the original cast and soundtrack recordings of the show that have preceded it.

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