My Fair Lady on Broadway
About My Fair Lady
The most beloved musical of all time, Lerner & Loewe’s "My Fair Lady" returns to Broadway in a lavish new production from Lincoln Center Theater, the theater that brought you the Tony-winning revivals of "South Pacific" and "The King and I."
Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the stellar cast - led by Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston and Clarke Thorell - tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
The classic score features “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live.” The original 1956 production won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, and was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best musicals of the century.”
Tell Me More
“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.