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More Stories from the American Songbook

Makers of Magical Worlds: Lerner and Loewe

Afternoon Course

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0470
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American musical theater writing duo lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (right) and composer Frederick Loewe (left)

Explore and enjoy more glorious songs from the Great American Songbook with stories about their long, often-unexpected lives. The spring lineup covers songs that are considered “simply the best”—ageless and favorite beauties, many by songwriters unmet in prior sessions of this popular series.

Combining a lively lecture with a wide variety of film clips, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how these songs came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something new but still the same.

Lukinson, who has won three Emmys and seven Writer’s Guild Awards, now teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

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Theirs was an odd pairing, the old-world composer and high-energy New York lyricist but together they created myth-making worlds on stage and the movies. Their songs painted enchanted worlds we wanted to step into. And sometimes did, as in Camelot, My Fair Lady, and Gigi.

Songs include If Ever I Would Leave You, I Could Have Danced All Night, Almost Like Being in Love, I Remember it Well, Camelot, The Heather on the Hill, and On the Street Where You Live.

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