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

By Dominic McHugh

the fellow at the back of "I may have Danced all evening" and "Almost Like Being in Love", lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986) is commonly considered as some of the most very important figures of the yank musical degree. In penning the lyrics to a couple of the main famous and liked Broadway exhibits, 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 occupation 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, such a lot 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 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 tasks with composers like Richard Rodgers and Arthur Schwartz. in particular precious 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 full of life ebook unearths the highs and lows of the occupation of 1 of America's wittiest and so much romantic lyricists.

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