Shavian but Not Shaw

Dominic McHugh

in Loverly

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827305
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950225 | DOI:

Series: Broadway Legacies

                   Shavian but Not Shaw

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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

Chapter.  17549 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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