Tony Nomination Spotlight – My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Ten 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Harry Hadden-Paton), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Lauren Ambrose), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Norbert Leo Butz), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Diana Rigg), Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography.

The Professor and the Flower Girl:

An English professor of phonetics makes a bet that he can transform a Cockney flower girl into a lady, in a revival of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

From the Producers:

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 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.”

Musical Theatre Perfection:

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady has a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, a pair known primarily for the music and lyrics of some of Broadway’s most successful musical shows, including Camelot, and Brigadoon. My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway in 1956 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York City. It transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre and then The Broadway Theatre, where it closed in 1962, after 2,717 performances, a record at the time. A hit London production soon followed, as well as a popular film version starring Audrey Hepburn, and numerous revivals. The original Broadway and London shows starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. My Fair Lady has frequently been called “the perfect musical.”

Cast & Creatives

Two-time Emmy nominee Lauren Ambrose (HBO’s “Six Feet Under”) stars as Eliza Doolittle.  U.K. stage actor Harry Hadden-Paton joins her as Professor Henry Higgins in his New York stage debut. Several Broadway vets fortify the cast, including Tony winner and Game of Thrones alum Diana Rigg (Medea) as the professor’s mother Mrs. Higgins and Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can, Big Fish) as Eliza’s father Alfred P. Doolittle. Tony Winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Oslo) directs.

Reviews:

New York Times – “Plush and thrilling…director Sher’s production uses the current climate of re-examination not only to restore the show’s feminist argument but also to warm it up considerably.”

Newsday – “Happily, [this] production is everything it needs to be, and quite a bit more.  If the central relationship is the jewel of “My Fair Lady,” it gets a glorious setting here, from the high production values to the deluxe casting.”

New York Daily News – “Opulent and daring…When all is said and sung and done, the show finds a conclusion to love.”

Variety – “Jubilant…meticulously mounted and entirely welcome…with Lerner and Loewe’s soaring score and Sher’s respectful staging, a beloved show comes alive in all its glory to end the theater season on a high.”

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