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Lyrics & Lyricists: The Worlds of Lerner & Loewe

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Lyrics & Lyricists: The Worlds of Lerner & Loewe

May 31, 2017

Lyrics & Lyricists: From Camelot to California - The Worlds of Lerner & Loewe
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From 1942 to 1960, the team of Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics and libretto) and Frederick Loewe (composer) were the only musical theater team to consistently challenge the unstoppable juggernaut that was Rodgers & Hammerstein for domination of Broadway. They wrote four classic shows (Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady and Camelot, all of which were made into Hollywood epics, though not all equally successfully) and one movie musical masterpiece (Gigi) which have weathered the passing decades as good or better than anything else in the history of musical comedy. Now, even 70 years later, all of their classics are eminently revivable - and a new My Fair Lady is in the pipeline. This weekend, L&L meets L&L as musical director Rob Berman leads a Broadway-centric cast (Chuck Cooper, Lilli Cooper, Bryce Pinkham, Ryan Silverman, Lauren Worsham) through highlights of L&L’s classic shows, which will surely include their big hits (“On the Street Where You Live,” “They Call the Wind Mariah,” “If Ever I Would Leave You”) alongside some lesser-known gems from the Lerner-Loewe catalogue. 

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)