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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


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 Using more than 500 previously unpublished letters from the papers of the ...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


The Animal Kingdom

Matthew Kennedy

in Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199925674
eISBN:
9780190201920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Chapter three moves to 20th Century-Fox, with chief Darryl Zanuck expressing great confidence in the roadshow format. Among his projects is a musical film version of Doctor Dolittle. Producing the ... 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


Casting About

Matthew Kennedy

in Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199925674
eISBN:
9780190201920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Chapter eight traces the tortured development of MGM’s big budgeted original musical Goodbye, Mr. Chips, based on the James Hilton novel and the 1939 MGM film. Arthur Jacobs (Doctor Dolittle) was to ... More


“I Remember It Well”: Old Friends, 1975–1980

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/9780199949274.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter looks at the end of the 1970s, and in particular the musicals 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Carmelina. Lerner’s collaborations with Leonard Bernstein and Burton Lane are examined. In ... More


“And My Fair Lady 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


Do Little

Matthew Kennedy

in Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199925674
eISBN:
9780190201920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter recaps the recent good fortune of 20th Century-Fox, and the studio’s immense hopes and confidence in their late 1967 release Doctor Dolittle. This musical film was far more expensive ... More


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