My Fair Lady

A new production of Lerner & Loewe's classic musical, its first Broadway staging in 25 years.

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Henry Higgins, an English professor of phonetics, makes a bet that he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, into a lady. Lerner & Loewe's musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion boasts a score that contains such now-classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "On the Street Where You Live," "The Rain in Spain," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face."

TRIVIA

  • The musical is based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, who is also represented on Broadway this season with Saint Joan.
  • The musical's script incorporates several scenes that Shaw wrote for the 1938 film version of Pygmalion, including the final scene, which differs markedly from the ending for Shaw's original play. The title is a pun on a plausible Cockney pronunciation of “Mayfair Lady,” Mayfair being an affluent London neighborhood.

HISTORY

My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway in 1956 starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. It won the 1957 Tony Award as Best Musical. The musical was previously revived on Broadway in 1976, 1981, and 1993. A 1964 film version with Audrey Hepburn and Harrison won the Academy Award as Best Picture.
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