(James Barron’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/13; via Pam Green.)

When “My Fair Lady” opened on Broadway in 1956, there was Alan Jay Lerner’s book, and there was Biff Liff’s book. Mr. Liff’s book, the log he kept as the production stage manager, swelled to several volumes over the show’s long run, and the entries were not just about each performance.

“Rex insisted on shower in his dressing room,” Mr. Liff wrote in one entry, referring to Rex Harrison. “Never uses it.”


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