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My Fair Lady

I Could Have Danced All Night
Frederick Loewe (1901-1988)
Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986)
"I Could Have Danced All Night"
from My Fair Lady, 1956
Composer's autograph manuscript
Music Division
Gift of the composer (162.5)

The most successful of the musicals written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe was the 1956 triumph My Fair Lady, adapted from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Breaking the box-office record of its day, My Fair Lady ran for 2,717 performances on Broadway. In addition to the song "I Could Have Danced All Night," the musical included such now-famous selections as "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "The Rain in Spain," and "On the Street Where You Live."
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