Music: The Singing Expatriates

To some theatergoers, the most memorable moment in the 1951 Broadway hit Two on the Aisle came when Bert Lahr opened his cavernous mouth on the song: There Never Was a Baby Like My Baby. The voice was rich, resonant, and utterly unlike Lahr. It issued not from the Lahrynx but from the throat of a burly (5 ft. 10 in., 265 Ibs.) offstage singer named James Eugene McCracken. Since then, Indiana-born Jim McCracken, 33, has firmly moved from the wings to stage center. At the Zurich Opera last week, in the title...

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