Show Profile: My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady is such a classic! On Broadway in 1962 this show is a great standard for most theaters. It is based on the book by Alan Jay Lerner, with music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, it tells the story of an arrogant phonetics professor named Henry Higgins who brags to his new friend Colonel Pickering that he can teach any woman to speak so well that he can pass her off as a noble woman. He chooses to work with a Miss Eliza Doolittle, who has a horrible cockney accent. After seeing Eliza, Pickering decides to make a wager with Henry saying he cannot change the way Eliza speaks.

As the show moves on you see the speech lessons Eliza goes through and then comes her first public appearance at the Ascot Racecourse. She seems to fool everyone until she lets out a cockney phrase and shocks all. Later, Henry wins the wager when Eliza poses as a noblewoman at an embassy ball. He gloats about his ability to change Eliza and she gets mad at Henry and walks off. Henry finds her a few days later to see if she would come back to speech lessons because he has realized that he has missed her. During the scene an argument arises and she rejects him again.

I won’t ruin the end of the story so you will just have to read it to learn what happens, but this show is a crowd pleaser!


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