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Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

Dominic McHugh


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 Using more than 500 previously unpublished letters from the papers of the producer Herman Levin, it traces the background of the show, from Shaw’s play Pygmalion to the opening night of the musical on Broadway in 1956. It also uses more than 3,000 archival manuscripts and a rehearsal script to propose a reappraisal of the ambiguous relationship between Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) and Eliza Doolittle (Julie Andrews). Finally, the book explores conflicting aspects of the rece ... More

Keywords: Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady, Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Broadway, Herman Levin, Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827305
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic McHugh, author
University of Sheffield