CONTENTS Chapter 1: False Starts and Artistic Promise Chapter 2: From Page to Stage: The Genesis of My Fair Lady Chapter 3: Shavian But Not Shaw: Developing the Script of My Fair Lady Chapter 4: Knowing the Score Chapter 5: Settling the Score: Part I Chapter 6: Settling the Score: Part II Chapter 7: My Fair Lady On Stage Chapter 8: The Legacy of My Fair Lady Appendix 1: "Without You" (early versions) Appendix 2: "Why Can't the English?" Appendix 3: "On the Street Where You Live" Appendix 4: Cut material from "The Ascot Gavotte" Appendix 5: "You Did It": Cut passage Bibliography Index
Dominic McHugh is Lecturer in Music at The University of Sheffield.
From the Foreword by Geoffrey Block: "McHugh has produced the first comprehensive and most accurate account of how this great and perennially popular show came to be, and Loverly will give us much to talk about, just as the revered subject of this book has for generations added immeasurable wealth to the American musical treasury." "Dominic McHugh is probably the world's leading expert on Alan Jay Lerner. My Fair Lady is indisputably one of the greatest musicals of all time. I enthusiastically endorse Dominic's study of Lerner and Loewe's masterpiece." --Tim Rice "A captivating book due to the tremendous amount of new information supplied in its exciting narrative. While My Fair Lady seems in retrospect like an inevitably perfect musical, McHugh reveals that its creation was fraught with many potential roadblocks and creative differences. A fascinating read!" --Michael Feinstein "Dominic McHugh has written a fine authoritative study of one of the world's greatest musicals. Anyone with an interest in the detailed history of the creation of My Fair Lady must read this book."--Liz Robertson, widow of Alan Jay Lerner "An admirable and important book... McHugh deserves our gratitude for the immense amount of new information he provides." --TalkinBroadway.com "A revealing look at the intricacies of writing and staging the production." --Dallas Morning News "Presents a completely new, behind-the-scenes look at the five-year creation of the show, revealing the tensions and complex relationships that went into its making... This book is the first to shed light on the many behind-the-scenes creative discussions that took place from casting decisions all the way through the final months of frantic preparation leading to the premiere in March 1956....Overall, this book explores why My Fair Lady continues to resonate with audiences worldwide more than fifty years after its premiere." --BroadwayWorld.com "Mr. McHugh has gone above and beyond and previous accounts, digging deep through mountains of research to present a truly comprehensive examination of the people and personalities who dedicated years into making this show sparkle on Broadway and around the world." --BroadwayCafeSociety.com "McHugh's analysis is, on the whole, a fascinating one." --The Weekly Standard "This beautifully written and scrupulously researched book deserves the warmest possible recommendation and it's essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in Broadway musicals." --International Record Review "Merits the careful attention, and will make any fan of the musical happy for new reasons to love it." --The Columbus Dispatch "[A] well-written, excellently documented, thorough account...Highly recommended." --Choice "If you enjoy musical comedy you will enjoy Loverly. If you want or need to know something of that genre's fascinating history, you must read it. I look forward eagerly to Dominic McHugh's next publication." --Journal of Popular Culture "McHugh has provided an entertaining and desperately needed scholarly investigation and analysis of the evolution and creation of My Fair Lady. Loverly is a must-read for any musical theatre scholar." --Studies in Musical Theatre "[A]n indispensable reference for all scholars of Lerner and Loewe's masterpiece." --Psychology of Music "McHugh's first-rate dedication to scholarship and to the documents themselves will make this book a necessary one for any History of Broadway course."--Journal of the Society for American Music "McHugh's first-rate dedication to scholarship and to the documents themselves will make this book a necessary one for any History of Broadway course" -- Journal of the Society for American Music