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Ever since Al Jolson told us we “aint heard nothing yet”, musicals have been a staple of Hollywood’s output. Studios know that audiences love to be entertained by song and dance but big star actors have never necessarily known how to pull off a good musical number. There are ways around this, Christopher Plummer had his singing dubbed for “The Sound Of Music “ and Audrey Hepburn was heartbroken to find out her vocals had been replaced in “My Fair Lady”. “Les Miserables” was filmed with all vocals performed live on set and Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway show that they know how to belt out a tune. Meanwhile Russell Crowe , whose musical experience is less classical, comes off not quite so well and looks out of his depth compared to his co-stars but this isn’t the only example of strange casting for musicals though.

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