Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This thesis examines the vision of George Bernard Shaw on his masterpiece Pygmalion, and compares it to that of Alan J. Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe on their adaptation of Pygmalion into a history making musical called My Fair Lady. Through this examination it is discovered what Shaw considered a romance and how his ideas could and couldn't be translated into the conventions of nineteen fifties musical theatre. This thesis follows each play from its inception through its arrival to legendary status. The last chapter is devoted to a discussion on which play, if any, makes a stronger statement in favor of women.
Authors; Alan J. Lerner; Bernard; Comparison; Frederick Loewe; George Bernard Shaw; Lady; Play; Pygmalion; Shaw; Vision; Women
Theater; British literature; English literature--Irish authors; Irish literature; American literature
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Raymer, Jessica Lynn, ""Pygmalion" vs "My Fair Lady": A comparison of the vision of two authors and what each play says to women" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 980.