Hailed by critics and audiences for its heart and its wit, My Fair Lady, is now on tour at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon. The world famous, and adorable, musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion, with a book and memorable lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and unforgettable music by Frederick Loewe. Follow a young Cockney flower seller from London’s Covent Garden, Eliza Doolittle, who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins, and is transformed into a proper lady, whom Mr. Higgins can’t help but fall in love with.
“Plush and thrilling! Illuminated with new stars.” – The New York Times.
“Thrilling! Glorious and better than it ever was! A marvelous and transformative revival.” – The New York Times.
“Enthralling! Bartlett Sher’s glowing revival proves that a beloved musical from another era can keep on kicking, as long as it’s got its eyes wide open.” – New York Magazine/Vulture
“A thing of beauty. A sumptuous new revival of the most perfect musical of all time. A masterful piece of entertainment.” – Entertainment Weekly
Eliza Doolittle, is a flower girl with a thick Cockney accent, living in Edwardian London, and discovered by the noted phonetician Professor Henry Higgins at Covent Garden Market, he laments the utter vulgarity of her dialect and decides to offer her elocution lessons. When Eliza arrives to Higgins’s house, hoping these lessons will help her to get a job as an assistant in a florist’s shop, Higgins takes a wager from his friend Colonel Pickering, another linguist that within six months, he will enable Eliza to pass for a proper lady, and so Eliza becomes part of Higgins’s household. Although Higgins sees himself as a kind-hearted man, others see him as self-absorbed and misogynistic, and Eliza must endure his tyrannical speech tutoring. Just as Higgins is about to give up on her, Eliza suddenly recites one of her diction exercises in perfect upper-class style, and is ready for her first public try-out at the Royal Ascot Racecourse… Will Eliza manage to pull off the perfect sophisticated accent, and what will happen when she discovers she is just a point in a wager between Higgins and Colonel Pickering? Grab some tickets and come find out at the Keller Auditorium.
The musical’s 1956 Broadway production was a notable critical and popular success, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it set a record for the longest run of any musical on Broadway at that time and was followed by a hit London production. Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews starred in both productions. Many revivals have followed, and the 1964 film version won the Academy Award for Best Picture, with Julie Andrews being only 18 years old when she played Eliza Doolittle in 1956. Rex Harrison played the part of Henry Higgins again in 1981 and Richard Chamberlain played the part in 1993. Other notable actors and actresses appearing in My Fair Lady include – Audrey Hepburn, Dianna Rigg, and Vanessa Redgrave.
My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. This Broadway revival production by Lincoln Center Theater and Nederlander Presentations Inc. officially opened in April 2018 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. It was directed by Bartlett Sher with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber and lighting design by Donald Holder.
Review for The Guardian newspaper by Alex Soloski at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in 2018.
“A splendiferous layer cake with a bittersweet core, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady has returned to Broadway in a smashing new production from Bartlett Sher (The Sound of Music, The King and I). Expertly acted, pleasingly sung, and often visually splendid, it makes a good faith attempt to honor the show’s history and intentions while also acknowledging the charged sexual politics of the moment. If its ending still doesn’t satisfy, maybe that’s because no My Fair Lady ending can. What’s most striking about the revival is the strength of the performances. Ambrose’s Eliza is immensely moving, yowling, and cringing and ready to play the victim until she discovers her own great integrity. Haden-Paton is a playful and charismatic Higgins. Brash and witty, he doesn’t apologize for the character’s staggering lack of empathy, nor should he. Allan Corduner is a charming Pickering, Jordan Donica a suitably lovestruck and ineffectual Freddy. Norbert Leo Butz gives a riotous Get Me to the Church on Time, though an oddly subdued With a Little Bit of Luck.”