Dominic McHugh’s book on My Fair Lady published by Oxford University Press

image of book coverDominic McHugh’s book Loverly: The Life and Times of “My Fair Lady” has just been published by Oxford University Press as part of their “Broadway Legacies” series. This ground-breaking new monograph exploits hundreds of previously-untapped primary sources in order to present a challenging new interpretation of the seminal musical. Critical acclaim for the book is already widespread, and the world-famous lyricist Sir Tim Rice (Evita, The Lion King) has described Dominic as “probably the world's leading expert on Alan Jay Lerner”. The book was the recipient of a prestigious American Musicological Society 75 PAYS Endowment, and is available now in hardback and kindle editions.

The official international launch of Loverly will take place on July 3 at the seventh annual Song, Stage and Screen conference, which is being held at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Dominic will be giving a presentation on his research for the book, followed by a signing for conference delegates.

He will also be taking part in a book signing at London’s Dress Circle shop on July 21 at 12pm, and has written extensive programme notes for the BBC Proms performance of My Fair Lady on July 14, which will be available to download from the BBC website on the day of performance. Plans are afoot for an exhibition on My Fair Lady at the University of Sheffield later in the year, and Dominic’s current research includes a further book for OUP on the biography and correspondence of Alan Jay Lerner.