Loverly : The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

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Few musicals have had the impact of Lerner and Loewe's timeless classic "My Fair Lady." Sitting in the middle of an era dominated by such seminal figures as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, and Leonard Bernstein, "My Fair Lady" not only enjoyed critical success similar to that of its rivals but also had by far the longest run of a Broadway musical up to that time. It remains a staple of the musical theater canon today, an oft-staged show in national,
regional, and high school theaters across the country.

Using previously-unpublished documents, Dominic McHugh presents a completely new behind-the-scenes look at the five-year creation of the show, revealing the tensions and complex relationships that went into the making of this beloved show. Two detailed chapters describe the show's tortured journey to Broadway, in which Lerner and Loewe were just one of many creative teams trying to turn Shaw's Pygmalion into a musical. A further chapter examines Lerner's different drafts of the script and
demonstrates how he managed to retain Shaw's style and meanings while adding layers of his own and finding ways to set some of the scenes to song. Three other chapters go into unprecedented detail about the writing of the score, while the final chapters examine the show's legacy on the stage and in print.
Overall, the book helps readers understand what makes this such a special musical.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162 x 235 x 25mm | 504g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 10 photographs and 35 music examples
  • 0199827303
  • 9780199827305
  • 760,645

Table of contents

CONTENTS ; Chapter 1: False Starts and Artistic Promise ; Chapter 2: From Page to Stage: The Genesis of My Fair Lady ; Chapter 3: Shavian But Not Shaw: Developing the Script of My Fair Lady ; Chapter 4: Knowing the Score ; Chapter 5: Settling the Score: Part I ; Chapter 6: Settling the Score: Part II ; Chapter 7: My Fair Lady On Stage ; Chapter 8: The Legacy of My Fair Lady ; Appendix 1: "Without You" (early versions) ; Appendix 2: "Why Can't the English?" ; Appendix 3: "On the Street Where You Live" ; Appendix 4: Cut material from "The Ascot Gavotte" ; Appendix 5: "You Did It": Cut passage ; Bibliography ; Index
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There has been a welcome growth in the study of famous Broadway musicals and Dominic McHugh's Loverly is an important and absorbing addition to the literature. It is rooted in an impressively detailed consideration of the sources but wears its scholarship lightly and engagingly ... This beautifully written and scrupulously researched book deserves the warmest possible recommendation and it's essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in Broadway musicals. * Nigel Simeone, International Record Review *
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About Dominic McHugh

Dominic McHugh is Lecturer in Music at The University of Sheffield
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