By Dominic McHugh
The guy in the back of "I can have Danced all evening" and "Almost Like Being in Love", lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986) is generally considered as the most very important figures of the yank musical level. In penning the lyrics to a couple of the main famous and cherished Broadway indicates, together with Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My reasonable Lady, and Camelot, Lerner labored and corresponded with a few 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 number 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 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. in particular helpful 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 trade among Lerner and Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he was once to have written The Phantom of the Opera. total, this crucial and energetic publication finds the highs and lows of the profession of 1 of America's wittiest and such a lot romantic lyricists.
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Later, he went on to direct and choreograph many projects. 4 “Open Your Eyes” 29 Well, I guess that’s about all at the moment. The surf is beginning to call me so I think I’ll drop my tired body into the brine. Just wanted you to know that Pygmalion haunts me and that I’m hoping and praying God will be with you on your trip to London. Give Mary and Dick my love and tell them I’m ready to do anything short of homicide to see Mary as Liza. Y. Tuesday, the 20th. Fritz and I have to fly home for a week on matters of Paint My Wagon [sic].
6 Michael Kidd (1915–2007), choreographer of numerous shows such as Finian’s Rainbow (1947), Love Life (with book and lyrics by Lerner, 1948), and Guys and Dolls (1950). Later, he went on to direct and choreograph many projects. 4 “Open Your Eyes” 29 Well, I guess that’s about all at the moment. The surf is beginning to call me so I think I’ll drop my tired body into the brine. Just wanted you to know that Pygmalion haunts me and that I’m hoping and praying God will be with you on your trip to London.
Two copies of that record? I would appreciate it ever so much. I am just out of the hospital myself, after a long siege. As soon as I feel a little more like my old Democratic self, I’ll call you, and let’s get together. It’s been a long time. Too long. I hope the above request won’t be too much trouble. " Lieberson added: "I must see you soon because there is a dance we’ve got to practice. It’s called the Eisenhower Glide. If you want to work on it without me, here are the directions: One step forward, two steps back; turn to the left, hesitate; turn to the right, hesitate; turn to the left, hesitate; turn to the right, hesitate; side-step.
Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist's Letters by Dominic McHugh