You Lerner Something New Every Day

22 Dec

Sorry!  Sorry!  I know I owe replies and visits for more than one post but at the moment my life is hectic; I can offer no reasonable dialectic, simply that my use of time by default must be selective; in truth, it is somewhat eclectic…hence this frantic pseudo-poem.  Oh no!  Must you really be going?

I also apologise that this poem is catalectic*

*adjective:   (verse) metrically incomplete; especially lacking one or more syllables in the final metrical foot 

Right, now that I’ve got that out of my system, I really do apologise for being so neglectic.  If I believed in New Year’s Resolutions, I’d make one to blog properly i.e. stop being so rude.  Fortunately for me, I don’t; so I won’t.


I want to wish you all a Happy Christmas so I’ll do that by shamelessly promoting Alex with videos from his last show, Lerner Without Loewe.  Alex sang twelve songs with Matthew Malone’s 35 piece orchestra, all with lyrics by Alan J. Lerner (Camelot, My Fair Lady, etc.) and music composed by someone other than Frederick Loewe.  Breathe, dear reader…I won’t post all twelve here, or you’ll be watching until next Christmas.

In this first trailer, the first speaker, Professor McHugh, is a leader in the academic field of Broadway musicals.  I confess, I’m not certain how big that field is, but the man really knows his stuff:

Alex appears halfway through this next one but the first song is worth listening to; Lerner’s brilliance with lyrics really shines through – listen for how he rhymes ‘rhododendron’ with ‘friends’:

A quick one, in rehearsal:

This next one makes me simultaneously proud and queasy – Alex sings so sweetly but the song is from what amounts to Lolita – The Musical, and the lyrics reflect that:

More rehearsal:

And more (Alex is halfway through again):

This one, also in rehearsal, has Alex singing a song that was written between 1936-1938, words & music both by Lerner, which has probably not been performed since, meaning that Alex is quite possibly the first person to sing it in eighty years.  This is also probably the only recording of this song, so, just like the secret mentioned in the lyrics, here’s a secret from me to you: he fluffed one of the lines.  Heehee!

This song was written for three parts but Alex sings it all:

Another good one sung by Debra Finch:

Last one, from rehearsals.   The final song is the only one I’d heard before, and it turned out to be my least favourite because there were just so many great songs on the night:

You deserve some eggnog after that marathon watch. 

Merry Christmas!


12 Responses to “You Lerner Something New Every Day”

  1. Al December 22, 2016 at 17:44 #

    Good stuff, Tilly. His stage presence gets more and more comfortable each time I see him. Big things coming for him! Merry Christmas and thanks for permission to dip into the bowl of egg nog (like I need a reason.)

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  2. slpmartin December 22, 2016 at 18:14 #

    Indeed…his stage presence improves with each performance…thanks for sharing…and the best to you and yours this holiday season.

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  3. laurieanichols December 22, 2016 at 19:01 #

    What a wonderful revue! Xxoo

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  4. Janie Jones December 23, 2016 at 14:50 #

    Wow. Impressive. And, have I mentioned before, that sometimes Alex reminds me of a young Kenneth Branaugh?

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  5. Tom Merriman December 23, 2016 at 21:47 #

    Alex is becoming really good, Tilly – you must be beaming. I’ve pre-prepared the rest of this comment as I’m kind of in the same boat as you! 😉
    My visiting, replying, commenting and the like have fallen a little by the wayside of late, for which I apologise, but wanted to call by today and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  6. judyt54 December 24, 2016 at 04:53 #

    Nort only his presence, but he has just the right voice for musicals like this. He’s great fun to hear.

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  7. Bridgesburning Chris December 26, 2016 at 15:27 #

    Merry Christmas Tilly to you and your wonderful family.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Rorybore December 28, 2016 at 02:00 #

    Oh he’s soooo good!! Truly enjoyed that… and amazing to be singing a song that had almost been forgotten. Well done!

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  9. SchmidleysScribblins December 31, 2016 at 17:47 #

    Good grief, don’t know about you, but Alex has been busy.

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  10. judyt54 January 1, 2017 at 03:56 #

    Happy New Year, Tilly, to you and your family–

    Liked by 1 person

  11. The Laughing Housewife January 18, 2017 at 18:20 #

    Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone; they are much appreciated.


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