It is a delight to find the 1999 U.S. Stamp of Lerner & Loewe – they are the team whose work included Brigadoon, Gigi, My Fair Lady, and Camelot. It is one of six stamps from the U.S. Stamps Commemorative issue – American Music Series – Broadway Songwriters set.
If you ever find yourself with some time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and want to enjoy some music while putting around it is fun to bring out some of these classics. I know my Mom still has her albums on vinyl while mine are now on CD and have been digitized for mp3 playing and remembering seeing live performances from local theater groups.
“Ask ev’ry person if he’s heard the story ; And tell it strong and clear if he has not: That once there was a fleeting wisp of glory Called Camelot. Camelot! Camelot!”
– Camelot (1960; 1967) written by Alan Jay Lerner, based on The Once and Future King (1958) by T.H. White
Attribution: Image (upper left) of 1999 – 33cent – U.S. Stamp of Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe from U.S. Stamp Gallery site. “Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe were a songwriting team known for their work on some of Broadway’s biggest hits of all time. Their work included My Fair Lady, Camelot, Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, and Brigadoon. The last collaboration was the 1974 musical film The Little Prince.”
“I told you if you love someone deeply enough anything is possible. Even… miracles.”
– Mr. Lundie, Brigadoon, 1947, written by Alan Jay Lerner (script and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music)
From September 03, 1991 on Playbill there is this article: “Nine Broadway Songwriters Get Their Faces on Stamps Sept. 21” and includes “The stamps — six stamps sold in a pane of 20 — include composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II (pictured together), lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe (together), composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin (together), lyricist Lorenz Hart, composer-lyricist Meredith Willson and composer-lyricist Frank Loesser.”
“The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.”
– Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, 1956.
Thank you to U.S. Stamp Gallery, @Playbill, @USPS, and @USPSStamps who are referenced in today’s blog post.
Here’s to enjoying our Sunday afternoons now and future. Happy Birthday Mom!