Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2015
"WOULDN'T IT BE LOVERLY"
Songs from My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Gigi,
Camelot, Paint Your Wagon
Of the few songwriting teams known as one word we
have Rodgers & Hart, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander
& Ebb and…Lerner & Loewe.
These two men created many of America's most well-
known musical theater scores. They weren't nearly
as prolific as those others mentioned, but in
listing their works together, there's not one
'FLOP' among them. Their first hit was Brigadoon
in 1947, then came Paint Your Wagon in 1951, My
Fair Lady in 1956, the film Gigi for MGM in 1958
and finally Camelot in 1960.
They were the first songwriting team that did not
come up through the Tin Pan Alley traditions (the
commercial song publishing industry located in New
York). Rather, Alan J. Lerner was a Harvard
trained dramatist, with no aspirations to write
song lyrics. Frederick "Fritz" Loewe was born in
Vienna, was a piano soloist around Europe by age
13. He brought to Broadway the ancient sound of
the operetta. Sure, Jerome Kern and Victor Herbert
did it, too; but not in the time of top 40 radio,
Ed Sullivan and the 33 1/3 long-playing album.
Alan J. Lerner collaborated with several other
composers throughout his Broadway years including
Andre' Previn, Burton Lane, (On a Clear Day You
Can See Forever, 1965) Charles Strouse and Leonard
Bernstein. But, none of these partnerships
produced the magic of Lerner with Fritz Loewe in
such songs as: Heather on the Hill, They Call The
Wind Maria, Wouldn't It Be Loverly, The Night They
Invented Champaign or If Ever I Would Leave You.
WOULDN'T IT BE LOVERLY was written by George
Harter and is directed by Sarah Crawford. The cast
includes SARA SOMMERER, PATRICK BEASLEY, JUSTIN
McCOY, ASHLEY WHEAT. A three-piece combo will
provide the music led by Jeremy Watson at the
piano. George Harter will act as narrator;
Elizabeth Birger, Andrew Schmidt, Donna Dandino
and Linnaia McKenzie will provide the chorus.
Performances are Thursdays thru Sundays, August
13-30. For tickets call (816) 221-6987, or online
MUSICAL THEATER HERITAGE at CROWN CENTER is on the
third floor of the Crown Center Shops.
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