Today, I'll be focusing on the names of actors in the film versions, instead of the names of characters (though that would be a fun post). Let me know who I missed in the comments!
Let's check out some unusual names from the 1930's-1960's musicals!
Cyd Charisse - Singin' in the Rain (1952), Brigadoon (1954)
I've actually met someone who named her daughter Charisse after the actress!
Shirley Jones - Oklahoma (1955), The Music Man (1962), Carousel (1956)
Hermione Gingold - The Music Man (1962), Gigi (1958)
Mitzi Gaynor - South Pacific (1958)
A cute nickname, and underused today.
Juanita Hall - South Pacific (1958), Flower Drum Song (1961)
France Nuyen - South Pacific (1958)
Fay Bainter - State Fair (1945)
Claramae Turner - Carousel (1956)
With the popularity of Clara and Mae in 2014, this combination sounds modern.
Marjorie Main - Meet Me In St Louis (1944)
Billie Burke - The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Isobel Elsom - My Fair Lady (1964)
Charmian Carr - The Sound of Music (1965)
Portia Nelson - The Sound of Music (1965)
Glynis Johns - Mary Poppins (1964)
Russ Tamblyn - West Side Story (1961), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Tucker Smith - West Side Story (1961)
Yul Brynner - The King and I (1956)
First name Yul comes from the Mongolian for "on the horizon" - Youl or Yuli.
Rossano Brazzi - South Pacific (1958)
Jacques D'Amboise - Carousel (1956), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Chill Wills - Meet Me in St Louis (1944)
Rex Harrison - My Fair Lady (1964)
Rex could fit in well with Max, Dax and Pax.
Wilfrid Hyde-White - My Fair Lady (1964)
Gert Fröbe - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Vassili Lambrinos - The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)