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

By Dominic McHugh

the fellow in the back of "I can have Danced all evening" and "Almost Like Being in Love", lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986) is extensively considered as the most vital figures of the yankee musical level. In penning the lyrics to a few of the main recognized 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 choice 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 large remark unearths 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 initiatives with composers like Richard Rodgers and Arthur Schwartz. specifically important is the correspondence from his ultimate years, within 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 alternate among Lerner and Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he was once to have written The Phantom of the Opera. total, this crucial and vigorous booklet unearths the highs and lows of the profession of 1 of America's wittiest and such a lot romantic lyricists.

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