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EDINBURGH 2018: BWW Q&A - Eliza Jackson

EDINBURGH 2018: BWW Q&A - Eliza Jackson

BWW chats to Eliza Jackson about bringing The Voice Behind The Stars to the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tell us a bit about The Voice Behind The Stars

The Voice Behind the Stars is the untold story of Marni Nixon, the most prolific ghost singer of all time. She dubbed for stars like Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe and sang for over 50 blockbuster films, yet she is almost entirely unknown.
The King and I, My Fair Lady and West Side Story are just a few of her credits for which she was never given recognition. If it wasn't for a slip from Deborah Kerr in an interview, we may never have heard her name at all.
This one-woman show tells her story - the scandal, the secrets and the songs. It has something for everyone, and exposes the truth behind some of the world's most loved movie musicals.
Why is it so important that Marni Nixon's story is told?
Marni Nixon was immensely successful and yet even though you'd unknowingly recognise her voice, most people don't know anything about this incredible woman. Her story is one to be celebrated.
She was a strong, determined and talented woman who challenged the norm. It's because of her that ghost singers are now credited and paid accordingly. Being the year of the woman, it feels like the perfect time to be telling her story.
Where might we have seen you perform before?
I've been lucky enough to sing all around London in some of the most beautiful and exclusive venues as part of my jazz duo Jackson and George. Soho House, Browns Hotel, Century Club, The Other Palace and The Underbelly Festival to name a few... This will be my first one-woman show and the first show that I have both written and starred in!
Who would you recommend comes to see The Voice Behind the Stars?
This show really does have something for everyone, but especially if you love those old-school movie musicals: West Side Story, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady. You'll love hearing all the background stories and gossip.
Are there plans for the show beyond the Fringe?
We have some really exciting plans for the future of this show. A London run, a potential UK tour and we're currently in discussions with some of the Australian festivals - as an Aussie myself I think it's so important to take this show home for a while!

The Voice Behind the Stars, 14-26 August, 2pm (1 hr)

Assembly Rooms (Venue 20) £11/10 (standard), £10/9 (concessions), £7 (previews)

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