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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (1 April 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039300970X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393009705
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 0.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,058,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 1998
Format: Paperback
For anyone who loves Broadway or Hollywood musicals, this book is pure magic. Alan Jay Lerner tells how he came to create his finest works, infusing the text with his signature wit and fascinating insight into human nature. Some of the show business giants of the 50's and 60's make appearances here, and Lerner shares marvelous anecdotes about all of them. MY FAIR LADY, CAMELOT, GIGI -- so many stars, so many songs, so many wonderful stories to tell. The result is a delightfully entertaining read, one that is both funny and filled with the author's love of his life's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 1998
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Alan Jay Lerner has written a funny, fascinating, charming memoir of his biggest successes (My Fair Lady, Gigi, and Camelot). Full of insight, wit, and memorable anecdotes, this book is about as close as you can come to recapturing the lost world of Broadway as a place brimming with vitality and talent. You will certainly enjoy it if you care about the subject matter at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doo Dah Dimples on 14 Jun. 2011
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What a wonderful review for a wonderful book. I wholeheartedly agree with Tom Thumb, and may add that AJL's prose is as sparkling, witty, dry and beautifully composed as his lyrics.
"The leaning Tower I adore"
"Indecision is a bore"
Is one of the greatest couplets of the English language. A must-read for anyone who appreciates great rhymes and great musicals.
Lerner was an inspiration to the fantastic Tim Rice- the only other lyricist who matches him. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TOM THUMB on 12 Jun. 2011
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The words "All at once my heart took flight" from "I Could Have Danced All Night" after he made them so famous; inexplicably considering their rare quality, would still, if he was alive, make Alan Jay Lerner cringe. He surprises us with similar revelations of his own gaucheness in his book. It follows that, while this matchless line was saved, there must have been even more wonderful inspirations that were discarded. "Those little eyes that one day will send you crashing through the ceiling" he was never happy with either.

It began for Lerner: "The twenties. Radio in its infancy. No TV. Motion pictures were still silent. And sixty-three theatres on Broadway. One season there were over thirty musicals running simultaneously, December 1927 eleven shows opened on the same night".

When he was writing "Brigadoon", Lerner was asked by Bobby Lewis, who was being auditioned as its director: "What do you think you have written?" Lerner responds showing his lack of psychoanalytic power. It was a revelation for Lerner to hear: "What you have written is the story of a romantic who is searching, and of a cynic who has given up." This analysis, like a good deal of the psychoanalysis that later he paid highly for, in the days when it was fashionable, freed him from writer's block, whose inevitable return kept him paying for the couch for the rest of his life. "As a rule it is not sadness that brings tears to my eyes, but a longing fulfilled." Both "Brigadoon" and "Camelot" contained miracles in the stories; but as he said: "I do not believe in miracles. I have seen too many".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pure magic! 8 April 1998
By John Kenrick (jbk@corcoran.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For anyone who loves Broadway or Hollywood musicals, this book is pure magic. Alan Jay Lerner tells how he came to create his finest works, infusing the text with his signature wit and fascinating insight into human nature. Some of the show business giants of the 50's and 60's make appearances here, and Lerner shares marvelous anecdotes about all of them. MY FAIR LADY, CAMELOT, GIGI -- so many stars, so many songs, so many wonderful stories to tell. The result is a delightfully entertaining read, one that is both funny and filled with the author's love of his life's work.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The great lyricist also a master of prose (not a surprise!). 6 Mar. 2000
By Marsha Currie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alan J. Lerner/and his collaborations with Fritz Lowe and Burton Lane are miracles of the 20th century. The circumstances of their coming together in an artistic and social mileux that called for--no yearned for that kind of musical theater--is a story in itself.
Mr. Lerner talks eloquently about these collaborators-and others (some not so succesful), and gives us complete and insightful discussions about the shows for which he has written the lyrics--"just" productions like "My Fair Lady," "Gigi," "Camelot," and others perhaps not as well known.
Mr. Lerner also discusses his own life with great candor--and even greater wit.
This book is an absolute must-have for those interested in The American Musical Theater! I have given it several times as a gift.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
a superior memoir 16 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a witty (if occasionally slaphappy), literate, and very readable (difficult to put down) account of the making of three musicals. I doubt, however, that persons not especially interested in the theatre will want to read this. Note also that this is not a conventional autobiography like, say, Richard Rodgers's "Musical Stages": it concerns the circumstances of the author's life only peripherally.
Also recommended: Craig Zadan's "Sondheim & Company" and, for musicians, Jeff Burns's "Pentatonic Scales for the Jazz Rock Keyboardist".
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
butchered 23 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yeah, well I gave it as a gift once too. Then I read the gift and learned that it wasn't the gift I intended. Sorry if that sounds garbled, but the long and short of it is: this isn't the book Alan Jay Lerner originally published. Much of that (great) book, including some of its very best parts, has been extracted. The thing that really gets me, though, is that this paperback version's inside flap claims it is "unabridged"! HOW can they get away with this?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Everyone who should be here is here" 30 Oct. 2014
By Allen Smalling - Published on Amazon.com
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I had high expectations when first I picked up THE STREET WHERE I LIVE, lyricist Alan Jay Lerner's autobiography of his peak creative years, when he and composer Frederick (Fritz) Loewe gave the world the musicals MY FAIR LADY and CAMELOT, and the movie musical GIGI (MGM, 1958). Those expectations were gloriously met. Like its author, THE STREET WHERE I LIVE is witty, chatty, compulsively readable and just a joy. Not all autobiographies and even fewer "as told to" life stories are entertaining; this one is pretty much the gold standard for what such a book should have. You will learn something about the creative process these two talents enjoyed, and even more about the backgrounds of these great shows' creations, as well as the other talents who aided in their creation. I strongly recommend this book to anyone curious about 20th-Century musical theater or that elusive concept, "American Songbook," to which Lerner and Loewe contributed so much.

Used copies of this book are not hard to find, leaving the reader funds to hear for him/herself what all the fuss was about:

My Fair Lady;
Gigi (DVD);
Camelot.

Note: Only about 250 pages of this well-written memoir consists of Lerner's text. Most of the rest is given over to the lyrics (words only) of all the songs from the three shows above.
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