Marni Nixon dubbed vocals for some 50 films. She dubbed Natalie Wood’s singing part in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr’s singing in The King and I. Although classically trained and an actress in her own right, she would often not be credited for her singing and mostly got very little compensation.  Marni Nixon died earlier this week at the age of 86.  Terry Gross spoke to Marni Nixon, along with Rita Moreno in 2001, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film West Side Story

Summaries of Musicals
  • The Phantom of the Opera:I am ugly and i kill people but I sing good why will no one love me
  • Into the Woods:Oh you thought you liked fairy tales did you
  • West Side Story:Snapping is intimidating trust me
  • Cats:Cats
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying:Lying and cheating your way to financial success is a good thing as long as the show is a comedy
  • Wicked:Didn't Kermit already sing a song about this
  • Les Miserables:I'm not crying you're crying also France
  • Grease:Yes there was a play before the movie
  • Once:Why are these irish accents so beautiful
  • Urinetown:Words cannot describe

Do you know how Broadway Stars are always like “I grew up listening to Into the woods and West side story” “I was obsessed with Patti Lupone” “Bernadette Peters was my idol” “My parents will always put Les mis in the car”

Well, in a few years, Broadway stars will say things like “I grew up listening to Hamilton and Spring Awakening” “I was obsessed with Jonathan Groff and Aaron Tveit” “Idina Menzel and Laura Benanti were my idols” “My parents will always put Hairspray in the car”

We are the new generation, the girl who sits next to you in choir could become the main character in the next Broadway hit, that boy who does really nice covers on Youtube may be the next tony winner. Hell, the person reading this can become the next Broadway stars and inspiration for thousands of children from all over the world. 

Have you ever actually thought about this?

i have never understood people who think musicals are boring/lame. they get away with way more violence, sex, social commentary, and profanity than mainstream movies do, just because its all done onstage in song form

and thats amazing


During their panel, Heather Doerksen and Robert Maillet mentioned a deleted scene in Pacific Rim where the triplets knock over the Kaidonovsky’s boombox. Intimidating face offs ensued. It was supposed to be a scene that established that both groups were tough, but Del Toro cut it out because “It’s too West Side Story!!!" 

I want you to know that I actually had to rewatch WSS scenes for reference. I want you to know that I suffered for this comic.


Musicals in Real Life: West Side Story by Thomas Sanders


Lin Manuel Miranda (as Anita) and Raul Esparza (as Maria) perform the shit out of “A Boy Like That.”