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Alan Jay LernerA Lyricist's Letters$
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Dominic McHugh

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199949274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949274.001.0001

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“Open Your Eyes”

“Open Your Eyes”

Lerner without Loewe and the MGM Years, 1952–1955

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(p.26) Chapter 2 “Open Your Eyes”
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Alan Jay Lerner
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Dominic McHugh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949274.003.0002

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 Arthur Freed, who produced Lerner’s MGM projects; with the record producer Goddard Lieberson; and with Arthur Schwartz, the composer with whom Lerner collaborated after severing ties with Frederick Loewe. It ends with an exploration of the early genesis of My Fair Lady and an extensive letter to Rex Harrison, the show’s star.

Keywords:   Alan Jay Lerner, Rex Harrison, MGM, Goddard Lieberson, My Fair Lady

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