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Welcome to Season 2: Lerner & Loewe! Today, we begin a series of episodes on the musicals of Alan Jay Lerner (1918-86) and Frederick Lowe (1901-88), second only to Rodgers & Hammerstein as creators midcentury musicals that continue to speak to 21st century audiences.
We talk about:
- The origins of the partnership between Lerner and Lowe and their early flop era.
- Why a musical about two American boys falling into a mythical/fantasy version of the Scotland Highlands was so appealing for post-WWII audiences.
- The interplay between fantasy & reality that Brigadoon illustrates, how that tension represents the tension of musical theatre itself – and the dangers of nostalgia.
- Lerner & Loewe’s career-long interest in men's loneliness – and the potential of theatre (and love) as a means of connecting men to their emotional core and to the people in their lives.
- The tension between individual & communal salvation, and how mythical Brigadoon might illustrate an image of the Kingdom of God.
- Patrick Wilson singing “There But For You Go I” from the 2017 Broadway Revival Cast recording