The Resource For Musicals



The MdN Social Club Forum


Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Is it EVER okay to lip-synch onstage...during a MUSICAL? 
Author Message
Broadway Legend
Broadway Legend
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 22, 2002 11:23 pm
Posts: 992
Post Is it EVER okay to lip-synch onstage...during a MUSICAL?
Dear Musicals.Net Posters,

Listen to the following song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr8u93phF5o

Notice how the singers' voices seem to "bounce," because they WERE actually exercising for REAL...WHILE they were singing?

Do you think that in the case of a song like "In", during which the singers are SUPPOSED to be going through a rigorous amount of blocking, onstage lip-synching IS okay, just so that the singing can sound better? Do you think that such a case of lip-synching is actually a case of "cheating"?

I think that it would be better if such songs WERE lip-synched onstage, just so that they COULD sound better.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
:?:

_________________
Till Next Time,
The Duchess of Mint
(The Original Lone Wolf)
OPINION: Mitt Romney is "that wicked plastic man!"


Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:21 pm
Profile
Broadway Legend
Broadway Legend
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:05 pm
Posts: 1609
Location: Eastern U.S.
Post Re: Is it EVER okay to lip-synch onstage...during a MUSICAL?
In the case where the actor is going to be doing a lot of moving around while he's singing, then I agree that lip syncing is okay. My biggest pet peeve is when a character is supposed to be playing a musical instrument on stage and it's so obvious that he's not actually playing it. I saw a production of Dog Sees God one time where a character was supposed to be playing the piano and it was so obvious that he wasn't. I approached the director about that later on and she replied that if the actor had to learn how to play a piece by Chopin from memory he would never be able to do it by opening night. Which I thought was absolute b******* because if that's part of the role it's up to you as the actor to make it happen no matter how inconvenient it might be.

_________________
Brian aka Apples2for10

"...Apples is probably the one who's posted the most relevant musical stuff long term in the past few months."- UniquePerspective


Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:24 am
Profile
Chorus Member
Chorus Member

Joined: Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:57 am
Posts: 52
Post Re: Is it EVER okay to lip-synch onstage...during a MUSICAL?
Yeah, I think this is a case where if the audience notices it, the production wasn't good enough to pull it off and shouldn't have done it.


Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:15 am
Profile
Chorus Member
Chorus Member

Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:17 pm
Posts: 59
Main Role: Fan
Post Re: Is it EVER okay to lip-synch onstage...during a MUSICAL?
There have been shows over the decades where performers have lip-synched to pre-recorded singing... Apparently, Bye Bye Birdie was the first to do that for one of the crowd song/dance numbers. Phantom of the Opera famously has the title song pre-recorded since for the first half of the song, the audience is seeing doubles on the bridge above the stage while the actual performers are already getting into the boat; and the servo motors to move the bridge are loud enough that they'd be picked up on the actors' mics if those were switched on. (They also usually pre-record the high E Christine hits at the end of that number so the actresses don't wreck their voices doing it live every time, though some like Dale Kristien in the Los Angeles company did make a point of singing that live). And Les Misérables pre-records Eponine's scream in the "Attack on Rue Plumet" scene... Apparently, the London production still uses a recording of Linzi Hately's scream from the 1980s, even decades later.

So in short: Professional companies do it, so community and school productions shouldn't be afraid to. As long as it's not so obvious that the audience can tell, it should be okay. But I'd prefer that it be done only when it absolutely needs to be done that way.

_________________
Proud Sondheimite, Mizzie, Jekkie, Phantom Phan, and many more -- I could make a list!


Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:36 pm
Profile
Fresh Face
Fresh Face

Joined: Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:15 pm
Posts: 11
Location: UK
Current Obsession: http://www.poptop.uk.com
Main Role: Fan
Post Re: Is it EVER okay to lip-synch onstage...during a MUSICAL?
I consider such performances is a kind of cheating the audience. But that's my personal opinion


Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:29 pm
Profile WWW
Young Hoofer
Young Hoofer
User avatar

Joined: Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:11 am
Posts: 20
Location: London
Current Obsession: whistling Jelicle Cats while I do the gardening
Main Role: Fan
Post Re: Is it EVER okay to lip-synch onstage...during a MUSICAL?
I do it everytime I forget my lines - I just hope the rest of the chorus don't have a similar fail at the same time! #-o

_________________
Simon
--
If all the world's a stage, make life a theatre break


Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:07 am
Profile WWW
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 6 posts ] 



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 9 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.