Dominic McHugh’s new book in the national press
Dominic McHugh’s new book, which deals with the American lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner, has recently been the subject of articles in The Guardian and The Stage. Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist’s Letters is published by Oxford University Press on 1 September 2014 and is a documentary biography of his working life based on dozens of previously-unpublished letters to his colleagues and collaborators, which were located from over fifty special collections in libraries and archives across America and the UK.
The article in The Guardian, published on 15 July, appeared in the news pages of the paper, and revealed the tensions between Lerner and the celebrated producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who was about to stage a production of My Fair Lady in London’s West End.
On 24 July, The Stage - which is the UK’s weekly newspaper for the performing arts profession – featured a story on their front page about the book, focusing on letters between Lerner and Andrew Lloyd Webber about a proposed collaboration on The Phantom of the Opera (Lerner died of cancer before work could start). The story has subsequently been picked up by Playbill and BroadwayWorld.com, two of the leading American websites dedicated to Broadway news.
Publication of the Lerner letters follows the release of the paperback version of Dominic’s first book, Loverly: The Life and Times of ‘My Fair Lady’ in May.