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Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

Dominic McHugh

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199827305
eISBN:
9780199950225
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827305.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This book provides a comprehensive discussion of the genesis and performance history of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Using more than 500 previously unpublished letters from the papers of the ... More


From Page to Stage: The Genesis of My Fair Lady

Dominic McHugh

in Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199827305
eISBN:
9780199950225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827305.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Chapter 2 discusses the genesis of My Fair Lady from 1954 up to opening night in 1956. It includes an explanation of how Herman Levin came to be the producer, Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway the ... More


“You Did It”: My Fair Lady, Gigi, and Beyond, 1955–1958

Dominic McHugh

in Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist's Letters

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199949274
eISBN:
9780199394890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949274.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter explores the most successful years of the Lerner and Loewe partnership. In particular, it looks at the weeks leading up to and following the premiere of My Fair Lady, as well as the ... More


My Fair Lady

Ethan Mordden

in Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195140583
eISBN:
9780199848867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140583.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

My Fair Lady was a phenomenon, running for almost seven years on Broadway, with 2,717 performances. It held the long-run record for musicals, had spun off more foreign productions ... More


Seventy-Five Watusi Witch Doctors

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199754298
eISBN:
9780199949878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

Hermes Pan was hired by Twentieth Century-Fox to stage Cleopatra’s monumental procession into Rome for the film Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor. Finishing business at Choreo Enterprises, Inc., a ... More


Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist's Letters

Dominic McHugh

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199949274
eISBN:
9780199394890
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949274.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Alan Jay Lerner was the lyricist of some of the most beloved musicals of all time, including My Fair Lady, Gigi, Brigadoon, and Camelot. Yet much of his work is less well known and his career has ... More


Settling the Score: Part I

Dominic McHugh

in Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199827305
eISBN:
9780199950225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827305.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter starts to analyze the musical numbers that were used in My Fair Lady. It provides a discussion of the different types of musical sources available for the show—including arrangers’ ... More


Settling the Score: Part II

Dominic McHugh

in Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199827305
eISBN:
9780199950225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827305.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter continues the analytical agenda of Chapter 5 in examining the different types of musical sources in relation to the score of My Fair Lady in order to give rise to new interpretations of ... More


Something to Dance About

Ethan Mordden

in Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199892839
eISBN:
9780199367696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter focuses on the musicals of the 1950s. The era was marked by the death of the revue with the advent of television; the collaborations between Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green; ... More


Chapter Eleven

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses some of the films made by George Cukor at the end of the Golden Age, including My Fair Lady (1964), for which Cukor won an Academy Award as best director. My Fair Lady was ... More


“Open Your Eyes”: Lerner without Loewe and the MGM Years, 1952–1955

Dominic McHugh

in Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist's Letters

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199949274
eISBN:
9780199394890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949274.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter examines Lerner’s time at MGM and the early genesis of My Fair Lady. It includes correspondence with Gabriel Pascal, who owned the rights to a musical version of Shaw’s Pygmalion; with ... More


“And <i>My Fair Lady</i> Is a Terrific Show, They Say”: The Record Producer and the Blockbuster of Broadway

Laurence Maslon

in Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780199832538
eISBN:
9780190620424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199832538.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

When Goddard Lieberson assumed the role of executive vice president at Columbia Records in the mid-1940s, he established the greatest powerhouse for the recording of Broadway material in the ... More


Modulations of the Shot: The Quiet Film Style of George Cukor in: , , , and

Lee Carruthers

in George Cukor: Hollywood Master

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748693566
eISBN:
9781474416023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693566.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter concentrates on the cinematographic style of Cukor's work, at the same time acknowledging the films' resistance to scholarly analysis as well as their formal restraint. It outlines some ... More


Where Do They Come From (and Where Do They Go)?

Richard Barrios

in Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199973842
eISBN:
9780199370115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter charts the constantly fraught relationship between musical theatre and musical film—mutually dependent, often hazardous, sometimes respectful, occasionally disastrous. It considers ... More


The Theatricality of Everyday Life

Andrea Most

in Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708194
eISBN:
9780814707982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708194.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the values of theatrical liberalism caught the imagination of Jewish social scientists, who found it useful for explaining everyday behavior. At the same time, a ... More


“My Fair Henry?!”

Michael Anesko

in Generous Mistakes: Incidents of Error in Henry James

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198794882
eISBN:
9780191836404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198794882.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Henry James’s seemingly misplaced fascination with the theater has long been recognized. Less appreciated, however, has been the theater’s (sometimes misplaced) fascination with Henry James. While a ... More


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