The Lerner and Loewe Musicals – A Full List

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe were an extremely successful songwriting duo who together created one musical hit after another, both for film and stage. And for your convenience, here’s our list of all of the classic Lerner and Loewe musicals, sorted chronologically.

* Scroll down for a list of musicals written by Alan Jay Lerner with other writers.


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Lerner and Loewe Musicals

Life of the Party (1942)

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

This is the first of many collaborations between Lerner and Loewe. This musical was never staged on Broadway and had a run of nine weeks in Detroit.


What’s Up? (1943)

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner  Book: Arthur Pierson

What’s Up? was the first Broadway collaboration between Lerner and Loewe. However, the show was not much of a hit, closing after 63 performances.


The Day Before Spring (1945)

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

The Day Before Spring originally started as a touring production, only to close three days later due to a coal strike! From there, it landed on Broadway in 1945 for 167 performances.

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Brigadoon (1947)

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Brigadoon was Lerner and Loewe’s first big success, running for 581 performances and later receiving a film adaptation. The show has been going strong since with frequent revivals.

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Paint Your Wagon (1951)

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Paint Your Wagon ran on Broadway in 1951 and in the West End in 1953. It was later adapted into a musical film in 1969.

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My Fair Lady (1956)

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

My Fair Lady was a huge success and even set a record for longest running Broadway musical in 1956. It was also followed by a popular film adaptation, along with a continuous string of revivals that continue to date.

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Camelot (1960)

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Camelot had to follow the huge success of My Fair Lady, but did not disappoint. The musical received four Tony awards, a film adaptation, and constant revivals that continue to date.

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Gigi (1973)

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Although the film version of Gigi came out in 1958, Lerner and Loewe did not work on the stage version until 1973. This production did not reach the same highs as their previous two collaborations, but it did win a Tony Award for Best Score.

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Musicals by Alan Jay Lerner

The following musicals were written by Alan Jay Lerner, along with other writers.


On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Music: Burton Lane  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1965)

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Coco

Music:  André Previn  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1969)

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1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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Dance a Littler Closer

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

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Which of these Lerner and Loewe musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these Lerner and Loewe musicals? Feel free to share in the comments below! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!


Stacy Karyn, author of Lerner and Loewe Musicals.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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