My Fair Lady
About My Fair Lady
This spring the most beloved musical of all time returns to Broadway for the first time in 25 years, Lerner and Loewe's MY FAIR LADY. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (The King and I, South Pacific, Oslo) directs this incomparable musical masterpiece from the theater that brought you the acclaimed revivals of South Pacific and The King and I. Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live," MY FAIR LADY was hailed by The New York Times as "one of the best musicals of the century."
Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, and Diana Rigg lead a stellar cast including Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, and Linda Mugleston.
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 15, 2O18
“My Fair Lady” tells the story of a Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle, who is told by pompous professor Henry Higgins that she can be turned into a lady with a little bit of his help. Higgins gives her phonetics lessons to lose her accent and transform her into a cultured member of society, and Eliza prepares for the Embassy Ball — but essentially feels controlled by this new man.
Throughout the course of the story, based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” and later turned into a musical film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, Eliza and Henry clash and come back together. However, in the 2018 production revived during a female revolution, the future seems a bit brighter for Eliza — who does not need to put up with a man’s constant demands but instead can pave her own path.
What To Watch For
- Director Bartlett Sher reinterpreted the ending of the show, he says, in a way Bernard Shaw would approve. His direction also had to be approved by the estate of lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and the foundation of composer Frederick Loewe.
- Scenic designer Michael Yeargan and director Bartlett Sher each earned eight Tony nominations for shows they worked on together, with Yeargan taking home the Tony for 2005’s “The Light in the Piazza” and both winning Tonys for 2008’s “South Pacific.”
- Prior to starring as Eliza Doolittle, Lauren Ambrose was slated to star as Fanny Brice in a 2012 Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” under the direction of Bartlett Sher, but the production was indefinitely postponed.
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The Vivian Beaumont Theater opened to the public on October 21, 1965. Designed by the renowned architect Eero Saarinen and named for Vivian Beaumont Allen, a prominent New York philanthropist, the Beaumont was originally the home of the now-defunct Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, which closed in 1973 after nine seasons. In 1985, the building's current management -- Lincoln Center Theater -- was established. Lincoln Center Theater has not only outlasted all the prior managements combined, but it has become America's largest not-for-profit theater, producing a year-round program of plays and musicals at the Beaumont and at various other theaters around New York City.