Julie Andrews to Sing in "Princess Diaries" Sequel

News   Julie Andrews to Sing in "Princess Diaries" Sequel Academy Award winner Julie Andrews, whose singing voice was damaged during a 1997 vocal operation, will sing in the upcoming sequel to "The Princess Diaries."
Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews

The Associated Press reports that Andrews will perform a new song entitled "Your Crowning Glory" in "Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement." Dawn Soler, the film's musical supervisor, told AP, "She's everything you want Julie Andrews to be; she's such a professional. She nailed the song on the first take. I looked around and I saw grips with tears in their eyes." "Your Crowning Glory" features lyrics by Lorraine Feather and music by Larry Grossman. About the song Feather said, "It's an old-fashioned song with classic-type lyrics." Grossman added, "It's written in just one octave, so it wouldn't be vocally demanding. . . I've worked with Julie, and I knew what she was capable of. This does not reflect that; it's more of a tranquil song. She told me it works beautifully."

In the first "Princess Diaries" film, Andrews played the grandmother of a young American girl who inherits the throne of a small country in Europe. Andrews trains the young schoolgirl for her new position. Anne Hathaway starred in the title role in the original and will repeat her role in the sequel.

Julie Andrews — who was born in Surrey, England — starred on Broadway in the original productions of The Boyfriend, My Fair Lady and Camelot, the stage version of Victor/Victoria, and in the Off Broadway Stephen Sondheim revue, Putting It Together. She won an Academy Award for her work in "Mary Poppins" and Oscar nominations for "The Sound of Music" and "Victor/Victoria."