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#10: If Ever I Would Leave You – Songwriting Duos

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The American Musical Theatre was built on great songwriters whose names can’t be said without their partners’. Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and Cinderella might as well be credited to one hyphenated name, Rodgers-and-Hammerstein. Today we take a look at some equally inseparable duos with an emphasis on Lerner & Loewe and their masterpiece, Camelot.

Join us as we learn about the battle of the Richards (Burton and Harris), how much the Tonys committee snubbed the original show, and why Camelot seems to be universal homeschooler sewing music.

Shout-outs

  • Camelot rocks our socks off. I recommend listening to the original Broadway cast recording and skipping the film entirely. 
  • You know what else rocks our socks off? Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, GA! Please check out the work they’re doing and consider supporting them on www.get.org
  • Our favs: Camelot, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick “Fritz” Loewe, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Dame Julie Andrews, The Once and Future King, Richard Burton, Robert Goulet, Roddy McDowall, Richard Harris, Jack Warner, Warner Bros., Roger Ebert, Michael Lerner
  • Off-topic mentions: James Bond, Sean Connery, Mission Impossible, Jason Bourne, Smash, Jeremy Jordan, Katharine McPhee, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Gene Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Boy Meets World, Toy Story 2, That Darn Cat, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Rex Harrison, Forrest Gump, StarKid, Darren Criss, The Sword in the Stone, Carol Channing, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Harry Potter, Oliver Reed, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Lyndsay Ricketson, Alliance Theatre
  • Special thanks to Peachy Corners Cafe, Crazy Love Coffeehouse, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, Ground & Pound Coffee, and Noble & Main for being the best editing offices.
  • Check out this promo poster of the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Camelot (which they put on for my birthday earlier this year), featuring Lyndsay Ricketson looking so regal as Guenevere.
Photo credit: Jamie Katz Photography

Bonus Videos

For the budding theatre fans

For the fangirls

For the die-hards

Y’all, this performance by Richard Burton sounds EXACTLY like the original track from 1960, down to every little inflection. How did he not change in 18 years?!

Addendums

We referenced Pasek and Paul writing a new song for Dear Evan Hansen because they want an Oscar. This is because the Academy changed its rules a few years years ago to say that the only songs eligible for the award for Best Song have to have been newly written for the movie, and they can’t be used in the credits. Ever since then, Broadway writers have added a new song when their musicals become movies.

To read more about the sad circumstances that led to Julie Andrews losing her voice, check out this article: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/julie-andrews-depression-losing-voice-operation/

We mention Rex Harrison’s name and don’t say a thing about what he did! He was the original Henry Higgins on Broadway in My Fair Lady, and he also starred in the movie. He won the Tony and the Oscar for his role. 

To “pull a Michael Maguire” is to win a Tony Award for your first Broadway show ever and then peace out never to be heard from again. Named for Michael Maguire who did so when he originated the role of Enjorlas in Les Miserables on Broadway (as mentioned in our first BGP episode).

At the time this was recorded, Ashley had just gotten re-hired by the Alliance Theatre, and she’s been rocking it for the last two months since then! Click here to check out some of her work as editor of the Alliance Theatre’s program.

Etiquette corner

Oh y’all. Don’t crunch and crackle your snacks in theatres with real-live actors right in front of you and audience members around you. Bob Cratchit might just come off stage and snatch that popcorn right out of your hands, theoretically.

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