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05/06/2009

Duration:
1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 05 June 2009

Anthony Andrews narrates the story of the musical partnership of lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe, with music from some of their greatest works including My Fair Lady and Gigi.

Alan Jay Lerner and Fritz Loewe first met in 1942 at The Lamb's Club in New York. Legend has it that Fritz was on his way to the wash room when he recognised Alan seated at a table with friends. Fritz went up to him and said: "I understand you write lyrics" and Alan replied: "Well, I understand you write music". So started the writing partnership which produced a list of classic musicals.

Their first major success was Brigadoon in 1947, followed by Paint Your Wagon in 1951 and then their biggest success My Fair Lady in 1956. A film musical Gigi followed in 1958 and then a return to the musical theatre with Camelot in 1960.

The musical marriage was not always a smooth one and after Camelot the two went their separate ways for a number of years until their last collaboration in 1974 on The Little Prince.

Mike Reed conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and singing guests include Laura Michelle Kelly, Claire Moore, Robert Meadmore and Liz Robertson.

  • Friday, 5th June

    LIVE FROM LONDON'S MERMAID
    PRESENTER - ANTHONY ANDREWS
    BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA
    CONDUCTOR: MIKE REED
    LAURA MICHELLE KELLY
    LAIRE MOORE
    LIZ ROBERTSON
    ROBERT MEADMORE
    DAVID BURT

  • PART ONE

    ORCHESTRA
    OVERTURE: MY FAIR LADY(Loewe)

    ANTHONY ANDREWS & ORCHESTRA
    WHY CAN’T THE ENGLISH (My Fair Lady)(Lerner/Loewe)

    LAURA MICHELLE KELLY WOULDN’T IT BE LOVELY (My Fair Lady)(Lener/Loewe)

    CLAIRE MOORE, ROBERT MEADMORE & ORCHESTRA
    HOW COULD YOU BELIEVE ME WHEN I
    SAID I LOVED YOU WHEN YOU KNOW I’VE BEEN A LIAR ALL MY LIFE (Royal Wedding)(Lane/Lerner)

    ROBERT MEADMORE & ORCHESTRA
    ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE (Brigadoon)(Lerner/Loewe)

    SEGUE

    ANTHONY ANDREWS & ORCHESATRA
    THERE BUT FOR YOU GO I (Loewe)

    ORCHESTRA
    PAINT YOUR WAGON SELECTION(Loewe)

    DAVID BURT & ENSEMBLE
    WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (My Fair Lady)(Lener/Loewe)

    SEGUE

    ROBERT MEADMORE & ORCHESTRA ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE (My Fair Lady)(Lerner/Loewe)

    SEGUE

    LAURA MICHELLE KELLY & ORCHESTRA
    I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT (My Fair Lady)(Lerner/Loewe)

    SEGUE

    ANTHONY ANDREWS & ORCHESTRA I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE
    (Lerner/Loewe)

  • INTERVAL

    STANLEY HOLLOWAY

    Born Stanley Augustus Holloway in 1890 in Manor Park London. As a young lad he worked in many concerts and seaside shows in resorts like Westfcliff and Clacton. His first success on teh London stage came in th show called The Co Optimists in 1921 and it was here that he perfected his comic songs and monologues.

    As well as a career in theatre Stanley also appeared in many films - inclusing Brief Encounter; This Happy Breed and Ealing Comedies like Teh Lavender Hill Mob and The Titfield Thunderbolt.

    WITH HER HEAD TUCKED UNDERNEATH HER ARM

    THE LION & ALBERT

    I'M GETTING MARRIED IN THE MORNING

    THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT

  • PART TWO

    ORCHESTRA
    MAIN TITLE AND FOUNTAIN SCENE
    (Loewe)

    DAVID BURT & ORCHESTRA
    THANK HEAVEN FOR LITTLE GIRLS (Gigi)(Lerner/Loewe)

    CLAIRE MOORE, DAVID BURT & ORCHESTRA
    I REMEMBER IT WELL (Gigi)

    CLAIRE MOORE & ORCHESTRA
    ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (Lane/Lerner)

    ROBERT MEADMORE & ORCHESTRA
    LITTLE PRINCE (Lerner/Loewe)

    LIZ ROBERTSON & ORCHESTRA
    WHY HIM? (Carmelina)

    LIZ ROBERTSON & ORCHESTRA
    ANOTHER LIFE (Dance a Little Closer) (Strouse/Lerner)

    SEGUE

    ANTHONY ANDREWS & ORCHESTRA
    CAMELOT (Lerner/Loewe)


    SEGUE

    ANTHONY ANDREWS & ORCHESTRA
    HOW TO HANDLE A WOMAN(Lerner/Loewe)

    ENSEMBLE & ORCHESTRA
    THE NIGHT THEY INVENTED CHAMPAGNE
    (Loewe)

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