Knowing the Score

Dominic McHugh

in Loverly

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

Series: Broadway Legacies

                   Knowing the Score

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This chapter provides an introduction to the autograph musical sources for My Fair Lady, including Frederick Loewe’s melodic sketches and Alan Jay Lerner’s lyric sketches. It examines some of the unused songs for the show, which were written but discarded long before rehearsals, as well as addressing the three cut musical numbers for the show in detail, proposing reasons why they were cut: “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight,” “Dress Ballet,” and “Come to the Ball.”

Keywords: Dress Ballet; unused songs; Come to the Ball; melodic sketches; lyric sketches

Chapter.  9751 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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