Dr Dominic McHugh BMus (Hons), MMus, PhD, DipABRSM, FHEA

image of Dominic McHughDepartment of Music
The University of Sheffield
Jessop Building
34 Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0487

Email: d.mchugh@sheffield.ac.uk


I am a Reader in Musicology and Director of Performance in the Department of Music, with a particular research interest in the Broadway and Hollywood musical. Since joining the University of Sheffield in 2011 I have published a number of high-profile publications on musicals. These include the books Loverly: The Life and Times of ‘My Fair Lady’ (OUP, 2012); Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist’s Letters (OUP, 2014); and The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner (co-edited with Amy Asch; OUP, 2017), which is the first complete scholarly edition of a Broadway lyricist’s work. I have also edited the piano-conductor score of Lerner and Loewe’s The Day Before Spring (Alfred, 2017), and I have two edited collections (on The Wizard of Oz and stage-to-screen adaptations) due for completion in 2017, with The Cole Porter Letters to follow in 2018.

My work has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, New Theatre Quarterly, The Wagner Journal and Eighteenth-Century Music, and I have contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Adaptations, The Wizard of Oz: From Baum to MGM and Beyond, The Oxford Handbook of British Musical Theatre, The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers and The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture. I am also book reviews editor of Studies in Musical Theatre and am currently co-editing a special issue of the journal devoted to the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. I am also a member of the Advisory Board of OUP’s Broadway Legacies series.

During the last few years at Sheffield, I have curated a landmark series of concert productions of Broadway musicals, all of which have included a significant research component and have been performed by students of the university. These include the UK premiere of Leroy Anderson’s Goldilocks (2013); Jule Styne’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (2013), Subways are for Sleeping (UK premiere, 2014) and Hazel Flagg (UK premiere, 2014); Irving Berlin’s Miss Liberty (UK premiere, 2015); and the world premiere of Andre Previn’s Goodbye, Mr Chips (2016). More recently, I have created concert programmes called The Forgotten Songs of Lerner and Loewe (2016), Lerner Without Loewe (2016) and The Boy Next Door: The Music & Lyrics of Hugh Martin (2017). All of these concerts were created in collaboration with my PhD student Matthew Malone. The project was covered in a special feature in Times Higher Education in 2014.

I also created and produced a concert presentation called The Lost Songs of My Fair Lady on 19 May 2015, which included the first-ever performances of unused, cut and alternative songs written for the beloved musical. The event came to the attention of the world’s press, including BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 5, Classic FM, National Public Radio in America, the Sunday Times, New York Post, Telegraph, Independent, The Stage and Sunday Express.

I have brought my passion for the American musical to the public in a number of prestigious venues and settings. These include appearances at the Victoria and Albert Museum, New York’s City Center, the Library of Congress, Sadler’s Wells, the National Theatre, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the Sydney Opera House. My TV and radio appearances include the BBC TV documentary Michael Grade’s Stars of the Musical Theatre, BBC Breakfast News, BBC News 24, Radio 4’s Archive Hour, Radio 5 Live and Radio 3’s In Tune. I have acted as a consultant to the Lost Musicals organisation, rediscovering the long-lost scores for musicals by Lerner and Loewe (The Day Before Spring) and Andre Previn (Coco) and introducing performances of them in London. In December 2012 I curated an exhibition on My Fair Lady at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre and in May 2014 I put together a week-long festival of film musicals called Stagestruck! Broadway Meets Hollywood. The latter included a three-day conference called ‘Restaging the Song’, which was followed with a further conference called ‘Putting It Together’ in May 2016. ‘Musical Theatre: Text and Act’ is to follow in May 2018.

Born in Lancashire, I was educated at King’s College London, where I took the BMus (2002-05) and won the Purcell Prize. I studied the piano at the Royal Academy of Music, and took the MMus at King’s (2005-06) with a full AHRC scholarship. From 2006-09 I completed a PhD on My Fair Lady under the supervision of Prof. Cliff Eisen, again with a full AHRC award, and taught several modules at King’s before my appointment at Sheffield in 2011. I have also appeared in recital as a pianist at venues including the Austrian Embassy in London and at Benslow Music, and play the piano in our musical theatre productions in the university’s concert series. As a critic, I co-founded the music review website MusicalCriticism.com, for which I interviewed around a hundred leading musicians including Renee Fleming and Sir Colin Davis.

I am passionate about teaching and have been the recipient of three awards in this area: an Early Career Senate Award (2015) and Academic Awards for Best Postgraduate Supervisor (2014) and Best Feedback (2015). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA) and have completed the university’s Certificate in Learning and Teaching (CiLT). I am also a committed member of the University Gender Equality Committee and Deputy Chair of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Current Projects

  • The Wizard of Oz: From Baum to MGM and Beyond: 100,000-word edited collection of articles on the beloved film, co-edited with Danielle Birkett. Due to be completed 2017.
  • The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Adaptations: 300,000-word edited collection of essays on stage-to-screen musicals, under contract to Oxford University Press. Due to be completed 2017.
  • Cole Porter: A Life in Letters: 240,000-word documentary biography, co-authored with Cliff Eisen. Under contract to Yale University Press, due to be completed in 2018.
  • Till There Was You: The Musicals of Meredith Willson: 100,000-word monograph of the composer of The Music Man for Oxford University Press’s Broadway Legacies series.

Selected Research Grants and other Awards

  • Early Career Senate Award £2,000 (2015)
  • The Frederick Loewe Foundation: PhD scholarship £55,545 (2015)
  • British Library/AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award £54,000 (2014) – “The Decca Legacy of Christopher Raeburn”
  • Alumni Foundation Award £15,000 (2014) – Funding to purchase sound equipment for musical theatre productions.
  • British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant £9,959 (2013) – Research into critical editions of musicals
  • Arts Enterprise/HEIF Award £8,515 (2013) – Support for the “Stagestruck!” film festival and insight events in collaboration with the Showroom Cinema, 14-16 May 2014
  • Alumni Foundation Award £1,600 (2013) – Support for a research-led concert performance of Leroy Anderson’s “Goldilocks” (April 2013)
  • Arts Enterprise/HEIF Award £1,000 (2012) – insight events and an exhibition surrounding Sheffield Theatres’s production of My Fair Lady
  • AMS 75 PAYS $3,000 (2011) – subvention to support the publication of “Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady” (OUP)
  • Mackintosh Charitable Foundation £2,000 / Sir Tim Rice Charitable Foundation £2,000 (2010) – Support for research into the correspondence of Alan Jay Lerner.

Selected Publications

  • McHugh, D. & Asch, A. (eds) (2017) The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner. New York: Oxford University Press. (in press)
  • McHugh, D. (ed.) (2017) Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, The Day Before Spring, critical edition of the piano-conductor score (Alfred Music, in press).
  • McHugh, D. (2016) Noel Coward: sui generis. In R. Gordon and O. Jubin (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • McHugh, D. (2015) I’ll Never Know Exactly Who Did What: Broadway composers as musical collaborators. Journal of the American Musicological Society. 68 (3). 605-652.
  • McHugh, D. (2014) Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist’s Letters. New York: Oxford University Press. (314pp)
  • McHugh, D. (2012). Loverly: The Life and Times of “My Fair Lady”. New York: Oxford University Press. Updated paperback edition, 2014. (265pp)