New in 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: Boasting a score that contains such now-classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church On Time," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "On the Street Where You Live," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "My Fair Lady" is back on Broadway for the first time in 25 years in a new production from Lincoln Center. Tony winner Bartlett Sher directs, leading a creative team that reunites the Tony Award-winning designers behind 2008's "South Pacific" and 2015's "The King and I."
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"
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: "Game of Thrones" alum Diana Rigg ("Medea") and Norbert Leo Butz ("Catch Me If You Can," "Big Fish"). Tony Winner Bartlett Sher ("South Pacific," "Oslo") directs.
What's Lincoln Center Theater? One of the largest and most prominent non-profit theaters in the city, LCT has three state-of-the-art venues at Lincoln Center, and occasionally produces shows in the theater district proper. On rare occasions the fare is controversial, but as a matter of course, it's the best-regarded theatrical producing organization in the city. The company's LTC3 initiative is devoted to producing the work of new artists and building new audiences. More here.
2018 Outer Critics Circle Nominations: Outstanding Revival Of A Musical, Outstanding Director Of A Musical, Outstanding Choreographer, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Actor In A Musical (Harry Hadden-Paton), 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.