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It's hard to sing and dance at same time, since you have to breathe differently with each. ln the dance numbers, where you don't hold a microphone, I imagine you had to go back afterward and lay in new vocals for those songs? No, I had a body mic
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liant, and he did the sound. A radio mic has a microphone
and a cable and a small box, right? And that was hidden in lthe small ofl my back [indicates], and Phil somehow fig-

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ured out how to make lthe transmitterl not so big. What was hard was to hide it in that red dress.

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was in my stockings, in the back. I had it on through the whole show, but it was only turned on for the first dance

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the NBC censor didn't want you to wear that red micro-minidress that night? Oh, it wasn't only that! It was
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lady comes out, and she looked different. Her shoulders were lowered, she just looked different. And I said,
"Ma'am, am I gonna be able to wear my costumes?" And she didn't look at me. But she said lspeaks just above a whisperl, "Yes. [Long pause.J It's fash-

it off when I

set. And they turned sang live. I mean,

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In 2000, Minnelli. who
owns the rights to the show, eI M. Arick begin the long process of sprucing it up and remastering its original mono audio for stereo qnd Surround Sound. She spoke qbout it seemingly in - Surround stereo and Sound herself with freelonce

the opening [white pantsuitJ, which is cut down to here! lPoints to her waist.l They were objecting to the fact that there was not a bra within 40 miles of me! . . . The day of the show, a lady from Stan-

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ion." [LaughsJ They buffaloed her! Theygot her! I don't know how they did it, but they talked her into it! And I went on.

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wear these costumes. This is impossible, you cannot wear. . " And I'm standing here stunned, like "Wha, wha, whatamlgonnawear?" Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse and Halston said to this lady, "Come with us," and they went into a

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It's funny that the sponsor was the sewing-machine company Singer, and there's the opening title: "Singer presents" - a singer! ll-aughs uproariously.l No! I never thought of that! But I will now! But y'know some-

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