Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist's Letters by Dominic McHugh

By Dominic McHugh

The guy in the back of "I may have Danced all evening" and "Almost Like Being in Love", lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986) is largely considered as the most very important figures of the yank musical degree. In penning the lyrics to a few of the main famous and cherished Broadway indicates, together with Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My reasonable Lady, and Camelot, Lerner labored and corresponded with many of the maximum luminaries of renowned leisure over a profession which spanned 4 a long time, from performers like Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews to composers like André Previn, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and particularly Frederick Loewe.

In this wealthy number of correspondence, so much of it released for the 1st time, writer Dominic McHugh sheds new mild on Lerner's operating relationships with those mythical figures. McHugh's wide observation finds Lerner's turbulent partnerships with Loewe and Lane, his affection for Harrison, and his reverence for Burton. specific emphasis is put on Lerner's aborted tasks with composers like Richard Rodgers and Arthur Schwartz. in particular important is the correspondence from his ultimate years, during which he labored on a film model of The Merry Widow, a BBC television sequence approximately musicals, and a musical model of My guy Godfrey, none of which got here to fruition. the gathering ends with a poignant ultimate trade among Lerner and Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he was once to have written The Phantom of the Opera. total, this crucial and full of life booklet finds the highs and lows of the profession of 1 of America's wittiest and so much romantic lyricists.

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Higgins’s when the Professor finds her after his long search could Lady Liza or My Lady Liza was the working title of the show until late 1955. For a more detailed genesis of the show, see Dominic McHugh, Loverly: The Life and Times of “My Fair Lady” (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). 2 The addition of a scene at the Ascot races was one of Lerner’s main inventions in the adaptation of Pygmalion. 3 Lerner used Shaw’s screenplay for the 1938 film of Pygmalion, which contained numerous additions and changes from the original play text, as the basis for the musical.

99 Sam Zolotow, “Premire Tonight for ‘Bedfellows,’ ” New York Times, January 14, 1948, 30. 100 Ginger Rogers (1911–95) was one of the most popular screen actresses of the mid-twentieth century, best known for her ten films with Fred Astaire. 101 Sam Zolotow, “ ‘Cradle’ to Close Saturday Night,” New York Times, February 4, 1948, 27. 102 Lester Bernstein, “Ibsen Drama Due to Arrive Tonight,” New York Times, February 16, 1948, 16. ’ Cast Rehearses Today,” New York Times, February 27, 1948, 26. 16 Alan Jay Lerner team set to work on planning a musical for Lerner’s wife Marion Bell, who was still appearing in Brigadoon.

Norton for sharing the contracts for Casablanca with me. 11 A.  Weiler, “Paint Your Wagon Eyed by Coast,” New York Times, January 20, 1952, X5. Sam Zolotow, “Williams to Open Solo Bill Tonight,” New York Times, February 4, 1952, 14. 12 Louis Calta, “Lesser Seeks Cast for Moulin Rouge,” New York Times, March 25, 1952, 24. Sam Zolotow, “New Unit to Send Six Plays on Tour,” New York Times, May 21, 1952, 22.  Pryor, “Film Writers Cite Buckner for Movie,” New York Times, February 19, 1952, 24. “Humphrey Bogart Wins Movie ‘Oscar,’ ” New York Times, March 21, 1952, 25.

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