Running since March 2018 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.”
Featuring a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and a score by Frederick Loewe, the 1956 musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" tells the story of linguistics expert Henry Higgins and the cockney flower girl he is determined to transform into a proper, dignified woman. The musical's 1956 Broadway production was a notable critical and popular success. It set a record for the longest run of any show on Broadway up to that time. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals. "My Fair Lady" has frequently been called "the perfect musical"
Casting Notes: Tony nominee Lauren Ambrose played her final performance as Eliza 10/21. From 10/23 - 2/17, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti takes over the leading role. Beginning 10/30, understudy Kerstin Anderson, who has played Eliza on Sunday matinees, will assume the role at all Tuesday evening performances.
Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz will play his final performance as Alfred P. Doolittle 1/6. Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein ("Fiddler on the Roof," "South Pacific," "The Drowsy Chaperone") will assume the role 1/8 - 4/28.
Lauren Ambrose, a two-time Emmy nominee for her performance in HBO's "Six Feet Under," stars as Eliza Doolittle. Joining her as Professor Henry Higgins is U.K. stage actor Harry Hadden-Paton in his New York stage debut. The featured roles of the professor's mother Mrs. Higgins and Eliza's father Alfred P. Doolittle are portrayed by a pair of Tony winners: Rosemary Harris ("The Lion in Winter," "The Royal Family"), and Norbert Leo Butz ("Catch Me If You Can," "Big Fish"). Tony Winner Bartlett Sher ("South Pacific," "Oslo") directs.
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2018 Tony Award: Best Costume Design of a Musical.
2018 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical.
2018 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding Revival Of A Musical, Outstanding Director Of A Musical, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Actress In A Musical (Lauren Ambrose), Outstanding Featured Actor In A Musical (Norbert Leo Butz).
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. Ambrose [is] a feral and then luminous Eliza...[she] has a stirring voice: lustrous and rich if without the bright ping of most Elizas. Hadden-Paton's wily interpretation [of Higgins] puts the character's mansplaining, blowhard ways in context. All of the supporting roles are smartly considered...[a] marvelous, redemptive revival.
Sumptuous, thrilling...though Ambrose sings beautifully, her voice doesn't have the power of [Julie] Andrews'. But Ambrose is a bold and electrifying actress, and her Eliza is more human than any Eliza we've seen before. Higgins is as always a comically insufferable narcissist but Hadden-Paton gives him a shot of sex appeal, which helps. Butz, as Eliza's foolish father, gives a showstopping performance. But this revival really seems to draw its energy from the women.