Is it true Broadway singers lip-synch for some shows?

phantomcrazy14
Featured Actor
joined:2/5/10
I don't know if this is how you start a thread on this site but I heard that lots of shows do this but I can't believe it????
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ljay889
Broadway Legend
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In some ensemble dance numbers, yes the vocals are prerecorded. It depends on the show.
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CapnHook
Broadway Legend
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OK, c'mon, who is this? Namo -- is that you? papalovesmambo? TheatreDiva???
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blaxx
Broadway Legend
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Phantom of the Opera has a lot of pre-recorded parts for the two leads.
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phantomcrazy14
Featured Actor
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Wow that's so dumb! That's my favorite show! The entire point of being in/seeing a Broadway show is the concept of it being live.
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phantomcrazy14
Featured Actor
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Wow that's so dumb! That's my favorite show! The entire point of being in/seeing a Broadway show is the concept of it being live.
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blaxx
Broadway Legend
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There you go, love. Now you can have a new favorite show.
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DrewBill
Stand-by
joined:4/22/08
Yes, a number of Broadway shows use, or are rumored to use, pre-recorded vocals during certain musical numbers. It's obviously not a subject that many in the industry like to talk about, as it directly contradicts the idea of "live" theater.
once a month
Broadway Legend
joined:4/16/04
Liza Minelli supposed lipped some songs in The Act and still won the Tony Award. Extra singers are also added backstage, like in A Chorus Line.
AwesomeDanny
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/09
Even with some prerecorded tracks, it's still live theater because it's not like everything is lipsynched. Even if some of it is lipsynched, 95% or more isn't.
LizzieCurry
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taylorPHENOMENON2
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ifuweregay93
Broadway Legend
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I know Phantom has some pre-recording. I also know that it was used in Wedding Singer and Fame Becomes Me.

Wedding Singer - during the "Flashdance" sequence. But that's obvious, due to the large amount of water coming down on Amy Spanger's character.

Fame Becomes Me - The last note in "All I Ask", because it's part of the joke that the note's pre-recorded, when he closes his mouth thinking it's over.
singtopher
Broadway Legend
joined:12/28/05
I was once in a show (not on Broadway) that had recorded sick tracks for all the major characters. That way even if your voice was not up to snuff due to illness, laryngitis, or heavy drinking the night before you could still perform. It was one of those arena touring children's shows, so it's not like anyone in the audience was upset over artistic integrity.
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NeoNormal
Stand-by
joined:10/25/09
They tracked the rain scene in 110 in the Shade
winston89
Broadway Legend
joined:6/18/06
Actually, Mamma Mia uses a lot of off stage singing. There is a difference between being in a booth off stage and singing rather then being totally pre recorded.
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Mattbrain
Broadway Legend
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"They tracked the rain scene in 110 in the Shade"

You have no idea how long I've been meaning to ask that.
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TheatreFan4
Broadway Legend
joined:8/12/09
They use both Winston.
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inlovewithjerryherman
Broadway Legend
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Certain shows are tracked for certain numbers. Generally, big ensemble dance numbers where it's difficult to breathe and get support for long lines. I'm sure you can figure out which are/have been and which aren't/have not been.

and just because they're tracked does not mean the whole cast is just dropping out. Everyone, I assume, unless they're really messed up, always sings, just when they're gasping for air in a big number, the track fills in the "holes".
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uncageg
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/04
Bobby Steggert talks a bit about the tracking in the rain scene in "110..." on the latest Chatterbox Video.
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dshnookie
Broadway Star
joined:9/15/07
Speaking of this, during In The Heights - at the beginning of "Paciencia y Fe" and "Carnival del Barrio" - there's some noticeable volume changes when Abuela Claudia and Daniela begin these songs. Is the volume on the mics just cranked up or are there some prerecorded backing vocals that assist them?
defygravity24
Featured Actor
joined:7/17/09
I don't see why people have a problem with people singing off stage to reinforce big ensemble numbers. That's still live theater and is sometimes needed.
givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
I've heard/read that there were some years where performances on the Tonys were lip synched. Is that true?
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ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
^ Angela Lansbury badly lipsynched "The Worst Pies In London" on the Tonys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gF51IQiLbQ
#sadandtransparent
givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
I thought that was the case, and I seem to remember hearing that. So thanks!


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Updated On: 2/6/10 at 12:27 AM
TheatreFan4
Broadway Legend
joined:8/12/09
That was bad!
"Hi there, we represent The Broadway Better Business Players for a Better Tomorrow. We're trying to start a petition to get second rate shows taken off the marquee and with your help we can stop Mamma Mia from ever playing again." -Brad Jones in Suburban Knights

"Is it true you have Ralph Jr at the bottom of your purse in a jar of formaldehyde?" - Felicia
"No, but I wish I did so I could shove it down your throat!" - Bernadette

"This play is sh*t! This play is sh*t! F*CK YOU TERRENCE MCNALLY!!"- Patti LuPone as an angry theatre goer at 'Master Class'

"Being normal is VASTLY overrated..."
- Aggie Cromwell

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