My Fair Lady is, without question, one of the most beloved musicals of all time. From Julie Andrews playing Eliza Doolittle in the original Broadway and West End productions to Audrey Hepburn’s star turn in the film version, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is historically one of the most successful and loved shows that the world has ever seen. Its Broadway revival has already received rave reviews: it has been nominated for ten Tony awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, along with a number of Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle awards. Six Feet Under star Lauren Ambrose and Downton Abbey actor Harry Hadden-Paton as Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins respectively have been nominated for the best actor gongs, and have received incredible critical reviews.
My Fair Lady was originally adapted from the play Pygmalion, written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw in 1912. It made its way to the stage in 1956, the famous afore-mentioned Julie Andrew production which also starred Rex Harrison. Since then it’s been revived over the world countless times – not only is it timeless in terms of its music, but its plot is charming, romantic, and fun. It follows the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins in order to be seen as a lady and therefore to advance her place in society. The show includes a huge amount of famous and popular songs, including Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? On The Street Where You Live, Get Me To The Church On Time, and – last but not least – I Could Have Danced All Night.
The show opened on April 19th at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and was directed by legendary American director Bartlett Sher, also known for the hugely successful revival of the South Pacific in 2008. It was originally developed by the Lincoln Center Theater, which along with Sher worked on South Pacific, along with The King And I, another beloved revival that received excellent critical reviews. The current revival of My Fair Lady was described as ‘jubilant’ and ‘spectacular’ by Variety: if you want some old-school glamour and glitz in your Broadway shows, it’s the place to be.