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both brilliantly, and then like a comet falling to its ...
on August 31, 2014
Mr. McHugh's book accomplishes something necessary - an evocation of Lerner's craft, intelligence, passion and wit. McHugh in a brave and against all odds surprise captures what MIGHT have been, MIGHT have been achieved in disasters of varying degrees in Lerner's final attempts-the last 'how did this happen' shows. McHugh's trenchant comments following Lerner's letters evoke emotion and passion. His strength as a writer is sincerity and intelligence; bravura, but piano. That enables us to fill in the rest without being pummeled by journalistic overkill. Unusual and welcome. For anyone interested in Lerner and the musical theatre in America during the time Lerner functioned, both brilliantly, and then like a comet falling to its death, this is a must read. And probably, re-read.