My Fair Lady on Broadway
About My Fair Lady
For the first time in 25 years, Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY returns to Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater, directed by Tony® winner Bartlett Sher. The New York Times just named it “the best musical of the year.” It won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Musical Revival. NY1 raves, “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be.”
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 stars Laura Benanti, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz and Rosemary Harris. Don’t miss this “sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly).
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.