Its bigger and better and back again! With brand new choreography and with award winning costumes, directors and actors! The most beloved musical of all time, Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY is back on Broadway in a lavish new production from Lincoln Center Theater, the theater that brought you the Tony Award winning revivals of South Pacific and The King and I. This Broadway revival is produced by Lincoln Center Theater and Nederlander Presentations Inc at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. It is 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. The cast includes Laura Benanti as Eliza, Harry Hadden-Paton as Professor Henry Higgins, Rosemary Harris as Mrs. Higgins, Alexander Gemignani as Alfred P. Doolittle, Allan Corduner as Colonel Pickering, Jordan Donica as Freddy, and Linda Mugleston as Mrs. Pearce.
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“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.
“A thing of beauty. A sumptuous new revival of the most perfect musical of all time. A masterful piece of entertainment.” – Entertainment Weekly
MY FAIR LADY 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 two meet in Covent Garden flower market in 1912., Higgins laments Eliza’s vulgar dialect while Eliza wonders what it would be like to live a comfortable life. So later Eliza seeks him out and asks for elocution lessons. Higgins takes a wager that he can get her speaking properly within 6 months! And makes her part of his household. Lessons progress from then until on her first public tryout at the Ascot Racecourse, Eliza forgets herself and lets out a tirade of foul language!
After weeks of preparation the two go to the Embassy Ball where Eliza dances with the Hungarian Prince Zoltan Karpathy who declares her to be a Hungarian Princess! But, Eliza is insulted by Higgins and leaves to return to Covent Garden, only to discover that she no longer feels at home there. Despondent she leaves and returns to Higgins mothers house where she sees Higgins and declares she no longer needs him. As Higgins leaves to go home he realizes just how attached he was to Eliza. Elisa realizes the same and suddenly reappears at Higgins home.
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.” The Revival show was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Drama League Awards, 9 Outer Critics Circle Awards and a Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album. MY FAIR LADY revival won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Musical, 2 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical, A Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway Musical and 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Featured Actor, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Costume Design.
My Fair Lady Reviews:
“All the more satisfying when a musical not only lives in the moment but also changes and grows over time. Such is the case with the revival of “MY FAIR LADY” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater — still evolving with new stars after 10 months and $50 million in sales. Upon its opening last April, it was already a plush and thrilling production, befitting Lincoln Center Theater’s tradition of treating classic musicals as both spectacle and living text. While honoring Lerner and Loewe’s 1956 original, the director Bartlett Sher had reframed the story of Henry Higgins, the phonetician who sculpts the bedraggled flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady; it became instead the story of Eliza Doolittle, a determined flower girl who, with the bully Henry Higgins as her chisel, sculpts herself. It is still that story, in outline. But with four replacement principals now fully in place — Laura Benanti as Eliza; Danny Burstein as her father; Christian Dante White as her enthusiastic suitor; and Rosemary Harris as Higgins’s mother — the emphasis has changed in ways that are no less illuminating for being incremental.”
– Jesse Green, The New York Times.
“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 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? Laura Benanti, Harry Hadden-Paton, Alexander Gemignani and Rosemary Harris lead a stellar cast. In this “jubilant revival, the beloved musical comes alive in all its glory”
“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