The Cape Symphony’s New Year’s Day Party

MarniHYANNIS – It was a star-studded event when the Cape Symphony hosted its annual New Year’s Day Party at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis.

Along with the usual fare of musical numbers, traditional polkas, waltzes and marches, a Hollywood legend whose voice lit up the screen in some of biggest musicals of the 1950s and 60s highlighted the performance.

Marni Nixon, dubbed “The Ghostess with the Mostest” by Time Magazine, was not in the credits, but whether it was Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, or Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, the soaring voice that made those musical numbers come alive belonged to Nixon, not the aforementioned Hollywood starlets. It was a Hollywood secret that eventually leaked.

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