Keith Garebian delves into the libretto for a fresh take, and explores biographies of the show’s principal artists to discover how their roles intersected with real life.
Author: Keith Garebian
"An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him, The moment he talks he makes some other Englishman despise him." - Henry George Bernard Shaw famously refused to permit any play of his "to be degraded into an operetta or set to any music except its own." Allowing his beloved Pygmalion to be supplanted by a comic opera was therefore unthinkable; yet Lerner and Loewe transformed it into My Fair Lady (1956), a musical that was to delight audiences and critics alike. By famously reversing Shaw’s original ending, the show even dared to establish a cunningly romantic ending. Keith Garebian delves into the libretto for a fresh take, and explores biographies of the show’s principal artists to discover how their roles intersected with real life. Rex Harrison was an alpha male onstage and off, Julie Andrews struggled with her ‘chaste diva’ image, and the direction of the sexually ambiguous Moss Hartcontributed to the musical’s sexual coding.
He decides to teach her to speak like an upper class lady but things don't happen exactly as he plans ... This wonderful story was first a play called Pygmalion by the famous writer George Bernard Shaw.
Author: Derek Strange
Eliza Doolittle is a poor flower-seller in Victorian London who has a very strong London accent. Professor Higgins chooses her for an experiment. He decides to teach her to speak like an upper class lady but things don't happen exactly as he plans ... This wonderful story was first a play called Pygmalion by the famous writer George Bernard Shaw. It was made into a musical, perhaps the best-known of all, and then a film starring Audrey Hepburn.
This ground-breaking book considers one of the most popular musicals of all time, Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady.
Author: Dominic McHugh
Publisher: OUP USA
This ground-breaking book considers one of the most popular musicals of all time, Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady." Using previously-unpublished letters and documents, author Dominic McHugh presents a completely new behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the show, revealing the tensions that went into the making of this beloved musical.
In this rich collection of correspondence, author Dominic McHugh sheds new light on Lerner's working relationships with legendary figures including Rex Harrison, Richard Burton, and Frederick Loewe.
Author: Alan Jay Lerner
Publisher: Oxford University Press (UK)
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The man behind "I Could Have Danced all Night" and "Almost Like Being in Love", lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986) is widely regarded as one of the most important figures of the American musical stage. In penning the lyrics to some of the most well-known and beloved Broadway shows, including Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, and Camelot, Lerner worked and corresponded with some of the greatest luminaries of popular entertainment over a career which spanned four decades, from performers like Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews to composers like André Previn, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and especially Frederick Loewe. In this rich collection of correspondence, most of it published for the first time, author Dominic McHugh sheds new light on Lerner's working relationships with these legendary figures. McHugh's extensive commentary reveals Lerner's turbulent partnerships with Loewe and Lane, his affection for Harrison, and his reverence for Burton. Particular emphasis is placed on Lerner's aborted projects with composers like Richard Rodgers and Arthur Schwartz. Especially valuable is the correspondence from his final years, in which he worked on a movie version of The Merry Widow, a BBC TV series about musicals, and a musical version of My Man Godfrey, none of which came to fruition. The collection ends with a poignant final exchange between Lerner and Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he was to have written The Phantom of the Opera. Overall, this important and lively book reveals the highs and lows of the career of one of America's wittiest and most romantic lyricists.
John Whitney has expertly cast this stunning new setting of selections from the time-honored musical.
Author: Alan Jay Lerner
John Whitney has expertly cast this stunning new setting of selections from the time-honored musical. The medley includes I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face, and Get Me to the Church on Time. A wonderful variety of styles and textures provides for an exciting and musical performance. A brilliant contribution to any program.
In this book, editors Dominic McHugh and Amy Asch bring to life the stories behind Lerner's oeuvre while also providing alternative or draft versions of his work.
Author: Alan Jay Lerner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Alan Jay Lerner wrote the lyrics for some of the most beloved musicals in Broadway and Hollywood history. Most notably, with composer Frederick Loewe he created enduring hits such as My Fair Lady, Gigi, Camelot, and Brigadoon. In The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner, editors and annotators Dominic McHugh and Amy Asch bring all of Lerner's lyrics together for the first time, including numerous draft or alternate versions and songs cut from the shows. Compiled from dozens of archival collections, this invaluable resource and authoritative reference includes both Lerner's classic works and numerous discoveries, including his unproduced MGM movie Huckleberry Finn, selections from his college musicals, and lyrics from three different versions of Paint Your Wagon. This collection also includes extensive material from Lerner's two most ambitious musicals: Love Life, to music by Kurt Weill, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which Lerner wrote with Leonard Bernstein.
genre a sense of romance and magic that was distinctively One of the most
celebrated musicals of all time is their own . The musicals of Lerner and Loewe
have proven Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady ( 1956 , 2,717 perforextremely
Author: William Labov
Publisher: Popular Press
Category: Social Science
"To understand the history and spirit of America, one must know its wars, its laws, and its presidents. To really understand it, however, one must also know its cheeseburgers, its love songs, and its lawn ornaments. The long-awaited Guide to the United States Popular Culture provides a single-volume guide to the landscape of everyday life in the United States. Scholars, students, and researchers will find in it a valuable tool with which to fill in the gaps left by traditional history. All American readers will find in it, one entry at a time, the story of their lives."--Robert Thompson, President, Popular Culture Association. "At long last popular culture may indeed be given its due within the humanities with the publication of The Guide to United States Popular Culture. With its nearly 1600 entries, it promises to be the most comprehensive single-volume source of information about popular culture. The range of subjects and diversity of opinions represented will make this an almost indispensable resource for humanities and popular culture scholars and enthusiasts alike."--Timothy E. Scheurer, President, American Culture Association "The popular culture of the United States is as free-wheeling and complex as the society it animates. To understand it, one needs assistance. Now that explanatory road map is provided in this Guide which charts the movements and people involved and provides a light at the end of the rainbow of dreams and expectations."--Marshall W. Fishwick, Past President, Popular Culture Association Features of The Guide to United States Popular Culture: 1,010 pages 1,600 entries 500 contributors Alphabetic entries Entries range from general topics (golf, film) to specific individuals, items, and events Articles are supplemented by bibliographies and cross references Comprehensive index
From comparing the play Gigi and the film adaptation, it would appear that Lerner
lifted some of Loos's ideas, and that she was denied a proper credit by MGM.
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, My Fair Lady, Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, ...
Author: Maya Cantu
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Category: Performing Arts
Drawing upon Broadway musicals ranging from Irene (1919) to Gypsy (1959), American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage considers how Broadway musicals from the 1920s through the 1950s adapted and transformed Perrault's fairy tale icon in order to address changing social and professional roles for American women. Drawing heavily upon historical research in American culture and gender studies, Cantu analyzes female lyricists and librettists who were significant in translating Perrault's heroine to the contexts and concerns of the American "working girl." In exploring how these and other writers (of both sexes) adapted the Cinderella myth to a twentieth-century urban landscape, this book challenges traditional assumptions about the American musical's relationship to both feminism and modernism - placing the Cinderella story into the Broadway musical canon.
The common lament was Broadway will never be the same! when My Fair Lady finally ended its stellar run the night of Sunday, September 30, 1962.
Author: Keith Garebian
The common lament was Broadway will never be the same! when My Fair Lady finally ended its stellar run the night of Sunday, September 30, 1962. Millions of people had seen the show over six years and had helped break box-office records, even though Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Stanley Holloway, and Robert Coote did not stay with the cast throughout the six-year run. MyFair Lady used the substance and wit of George Bernard Shaw to add a new dimension to the Broadway libretto.
Author: Iowa State Traveling LibraryPublish On: 1965
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tremendous shadow cast by their wonderful score for My Fair Lady , Gigi could
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Author: David Ewen
Publisher: Prentice Hall
The American popular song has undergone as many changes and developments as America herself. Here David Ewen explores the whole history and evolution of American popular music from 1746 to the present day. Through the biographies, personal portraits, and critical evaluations of thirty of its leading creators, the reader is given a perspective on how the American popular song developed over the years and gains an insight into the birth and evolution of the media (theater, radio, television, movies, etc.) in which these songs came into being. Within the biographies, such basic styles as the national ballad, the war song, ragtime songs, the blues, show tunes, movie tunes, and the songs of protest are described, while more than passing notice is given to the changing song lyric and the men who brought about this change. The result is a crisply-written, exceedingly knowledgeable work of encyclopedic scope and range that discusses and explains the currents and crosscurrents in the evolution of American popular music. -- From publisher's description.
Lerner and Loewe : My Fair Lady Musicals Finian ' s Rainbow : Only two months
before Brigadoon was produced in 1947 , another musical on Celtic fairy tale
motifs opened on Broadway : Finian ' s Rainbow , with music by Burton Lane .
Author: Rüdiger Bering
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
Provides an overview of musical theater, covering its historical roots, its development over time, and its prominent writers, composers, choreographers, and performers