The Story
My Fair Lady
Music
FREDERICK LOEWE

Book & Lyrics
ALAN JAY LERNER
This musical is based on the play "Pygmalion" by Bernard Shaw. Henry Higgins, a Professor of Phonetics, encounters Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, and declares to his friend Colonel Pickering that in three months he could transform Eliza into a duchess. Over the course of several months Eliza is put through a gruelling course of phonetics and elocution lessons by Higgins. Eliza's moment of triumph comes at the Embassy Ball where she became an enormous success particularly with the young gentleman Freddy Eynsford-Hill who falls desperately in love with her. After the ball Eliza falls into despondency as she sees Higgins celebrating his triumph in passing Eliza off as a duchess, showing little consideration for her feelings.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
2018 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Liz Robertson and Jonathan Pryce lead the 2001 London revival cast in a performance of 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly' and 'The Rain in Spain' at Cameron Mackintosh's Hey Mr. Producer concert.

MUSIC
The Rain in Spain
Harry Hadden-Paton, Lauren Ambrose, Allan Corduner & Ensemble
2018 Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

After the overture, the production opens at the portals of Covent Garden, where Henry Higgins is taking notes on British dialects (Why Can't the English?), notably that of Eliza Doolittle. He tells her that he and his friend, Col. Pickering, can teach her to speak like a lady, so that she no longer need to be a flower-seller, but can open her own shop, and she flirts lightly with the idea (Wouldn't It Be Loverly). Later, her father is seen celebrating with his friends (With a Little Bit of Luck).

Next day, Eliza appears at Higgins' home to ask him to teach her proper diction, and he agrees. However, her Cockney mannerisms and moralities become so exasperating to him that he nearly gives up (I'm an Ordinary Man). She, in turn, is driven to distraction by his thoughtless treatment and incessant instruction (Just You Wait). At length, however, she triumphantly learns correct pronunciation (The Rain in Spain) and they celebrate with a little dance.

It is late at night, and the housekeeper urges her to go to bed, but she is too exhilarated (I Could Have Danced All Night). Soon after, at the Ascot Races, Higgins introduces her to society for the first time, and she at once attracts the attentions of Freddy Eynsford-Hill, who follows her home, hoping to see her again (On the Street Where You Live).

Finally, after months of hard work, she is ready for the big experiment, and is taken to a splendid ball, where she succeeds brilliantly.


ACT TWO

After the ball, Higgins and Pickering are congratulating each other on their technical work, completely forgetting Eliza (You Did It). Hurt and angry, she rushes out of the house, running into Freddy. He professes his love, but she demands that he stop talking about it (Show Me).

In the meantime, her father, now become famous through his philosophies, decides that it is time he married the woman with whom he has been living for years, and spends one last night on the town (Get Me to the Church on Time). The professor, awakening in the morning, discovers his guinea pig gone, and snappishly muses on the frailties of women (A Hymn to Him). He finds Eliza at last at his mother's home, where she has gone for warmth and sympathy, but she refuses his tentative offerings of truce (Without You).

On his way back to his own house, Higgins reminisces about the way she has affected his life (I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face) and is sitting at home listening to recordings of her voice when she quietly enters as the curtain falls.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Direction BARTLETT SHER
Choreography CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI
Scenic Design MICHAEL YEARGAN
Costume Design CATHERINE ZUBER
Lighting Design DONALD HOLDER
Sound Design MARC SALZBERG
Cast
Henry Higgins HARRY HADDEN-PATON
Eliza Doolittle LAUREN AMBROSE
Alfred P. Doolittle NORBERT LEO BUTZ
Colonel Pickering ALLAN CORDUNER
Freddy Eynsford-Hill JORDAN DONICA
Mrs. Higgins DIANA RIGG
Creative
Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH, CLEARCHANNEL ENTERTAINMENT, NETWORKS PRESENTATION
Direction TREVOR NUNN
Choreography MATTHEW BOURNE
Orchestrations WILLIAM DAVID BROHN
Musical Director NICK DAVIES
Production Design ANTHONY WARD
Lighting Design DAVID HERSEY
Sound Design PAUL GROOTHUIS
Cast
Henry Higgins JONATHAN PRYCE
Eliza Doolittle MARTINE McCUTCHEON
Alfred P. Doolittle DENNIS WATERMAN
Colonel Pickering NICHOLAS LE PREVOST
Freddy Eynsford-Hill MARK UMBERS
Creative
Producer BARRY AND FRAN WEISSLER, JUJAMCYN THEATERS
Direction HOWARD DAVIES
Choreography DONALD SADDLER
Musical Director JACK LEE
Scenic Design RALPH KOLTAI
Costume Design PATRICIA ZIPPRODT
Lighting Design NATASHA KATZ
Sound Design PETER J. FITZGERALD
Cast
Henry Higgins RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN
Eliza Doolittle MELISSA ERRICO
Alfred P. Doolittle JULIAN HOLLOWAY
Colonel Pickering PAXTON WHITEHEAD
Freddy Eynsford-Hill ROBERT SELLA
Creative
Producer DON GREGORY, MIKE MERRICK
Direction PATRICK GARLAND
Choreography CRANDAL DIEHL
Musical Director FRANZ ALLERS
Scenic Design OLIVER SMITH
Costume Design CECIL BEATON
Lighting Design KEN BILLINGTON
Sound Design JOHN McCLURE
Cast
Henry Higgins REX HARRISON
Eliza Doolittle NANCY RINGHAM
Alfred P. Doolittle MILO O' SHEA
Colonel Pickering JACK GWILLIM
Freddy Eynsford-Hill NICHOLAS WYMAN
Creative
Producer HERMAN LEVIN
Direction JERRY ADLER
Choreography CRANDALL DIEHL
Musical Director THEODORE SAIDENBERG
Scenic Design OLIVER SMITH
Costume Design CECIL BEATON
Lighting Design JOHN GLEASON
Cast
Henry Higgins IAN RICHARDSON
Eliza Doolittle CHRISTINE ANDREAS
Alfred P. Doolittle GEORGE ROSE
Colonel Pickering ROBERT COOTE
Freddy Eynsford-Hill JERRY LANNING
Creative
Producer HERMAN LEVIN
Direction MOSS HART
Choreography HANYA HOLM
Orchestrations ROBERT RUSSELL BENNET & PHILLIP J. LANG
Musical Director FRANZ ALLERS
Scenic Design OLIVER SMITH
Costume Design CECIL BEATON
Lighting Design FEDER
Cast
Henry Higgins REX HARRISON
Eliza Doolittle JULIE ANDREWS
Alfred P. Doolittle STANLEY HOLLOWAY
Colonel Pickering ROBERT COOTE
Freddy Eynsford-Hill JOHN MICHAEL KING
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Why Can't the English? Henry Higgins
Wouldn't It be Loverly? Eliza Doolittle and Quartet
With a Little Bit of Luck Alfred P. Doolittle, Company, Harry and Jamie
I'm an Ordinary Man Henry Higgins
Just You Wait Eliza Doolittle
The Servant's Chorus The Servants
The Rain in Spain Colonel Pickering, Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins
I Could Have Danced All NightEliza Doolittle
Ascot Gavotte The Company
On the Street Where You Live Freddy Eynsford-Hill


ACT TWO

The Embassy Waltz The Company
You Did It Colonel Pickering, Henry Higgins and Servants
Just You Wait (Reprise) Eliza Doolittle
On the Street Where You Live (Reprise) Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Show Me Eliza Doolittle
Wouldn't It be Loverly? (Reprise) The Company
Get Me to the Church on Time Alfred P. Doolittle and Company
Hymn to Him Henry Higgins
Without You Eliza Doolittle
I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face Henry Higgins

A Chorus Line
Two Gentlemen Of Verona
The Wild Party (LaChiusa)
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
2018 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Liz Robertson and Jonathan Pryce lead the 2001 London revival cast in a performance of 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly' and 'The Rain in Spain' at Cameron Mackintosh's Hey Mr. Producer concert.

Wouldn't It Be Loverly? Julie Andrews Original Broadway Cast Recording
I Could Have Danced All Night Martine McCutcheon & Servants 2001 London Cast Recording
The Rain in Spain Harry Hadden-Paton, Lauren Ambrose, Allan Corduner & Ensemble 2018 Broadway Cast Recording
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