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LoverlyThe Life and Times of My Fair Lady$
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Dominic McHugh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827305.001.0001

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Shavian but Not Shaw

Shavian but Not Shaw

Developing the Script of My Fair Lady

(p.49) 3 Shavian but Not Shaw

Dominic McHugh

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an in-depth discussion of the process of adapting Pygmalion into a musical. It examines Shaw’s background and his socialist outlook, as well as some of the different versions of the play. It then reproduces several of Lerner’s scenic outlines for the musical, indicating his different ideas when putting the show together. A large portion of the chapter represents a comparison of the musical’s rehearsal script with its final published script, showing how Lerner refined the text during the last weeks of rehearsal in order to increase the ambiguity of the relationship between Higgins and Eliza. Finally, it proposes an analysis of various aspects of the script, including time scales and location.

Keywords:   George Bernard Shaw, Alan Jay Lerner, Pygmalion, scenic outlines, rehearsal script

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