The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner
The award-winning team of Alan Jay Lerner and his composing partner Frederick Loewe gave us some of Broadway and film’s most beloved musicals (the most successful are represented in our video). Along with crafting memorable lyrics, Lerner also wrote some of the shows as well.
In later years, after Loewe’s retirement from the theatre, Lerner collaborated with other composers including Burton Lane, with whom he created On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Shortly before his death, Lerner had begun to write lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Phantom of the Opera, but had to bow out after managing one piece called Masquerade.
Lerner shares his colorful story of life on the stage in the fascinating autobiography, On the Street Where I Live.