My Fair Lady the musical
My Fair Lady Tickets from StubHub take you into a show that's always had a special place in the hearts of audiences. Ever since seeing the original production as a teenager, theatre-owner and impresario Cameron Mackintosh dreamt of staging My Fair Lady himself. An ambition he achieved to great acclaim both in the 1970s and again in 2001.
My Fair Lady production history
Based on George Bernard Shaw's novel Pygmalion, My Fair Lady was adapted for the stage with lyrics written by Alan Jay Lerner and unforgettable music composed by Frederick Loewe. However, My Fair Lady very nearly didn't make it to the big stage. Unaccustomed to working with a live orchestra Rex Harrison playing Professor Henry Higgens was gripped with severe stage fright on the first preview night. He overcame his nerves just an hour before curtain call, the show went ahead and opened in March 1956 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway. The rest, of course, is history. Harrison played Henry Higgens in both the original Broadway and London West End productions as well as in the 1964 film. Playing alongside him as Eliza Dolittle was the young Julie Andrews. This was her first Broadway role, a role that launched her to worldwide fame.
My Fair Lady - a rags to riches history
Long before TV shows like the X-Factor, Pygmalion and My Fair Lady told the story of rags to riches and the achievement of a celebrity of sorts. For his experiments in phonetics, Higgens plucks a young Cockney flower girl from Covent Garden, irons out her East End vowels and turns her into a lady. She performs wonderfully but, cut adrift from her roots, she falls out with Higgens. After triumphing at Royal Ascot and an embassy ball she goes on to marry into the aristocracy while Higgens reflects on what he has done.
My Fair Lady - an unforgettable musical
The words and music to "Get Me To The Church On Time", "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "On The Street Where You Live" are instantly recognisable, while the sumptuous costumes of My Fair Lady always threaten to upstage the cast. Winner of numerous awards from Oliviers to Tonys, the musical has rarely been off the stage somewhere in the world since 1956.
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