MY FAIR LADY
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabrial Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion.
Probably the greatest musical ever - awaited with fervent anticipation before its New York opening and greeted with rapturous notices, My Fair Lady has become a legend in musical history.
Somehow Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe contrived to create a perfect musical out of a flawless play - an achievement unmatched before or since. They retained the plot, characters and many of the lines from Shaw's Pygmalion and arranged them with a sparkling score. Every song is a show-stopper.
The flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, grubby daughter of a drunken dustman, is taken under the wing of Professor Higgins.
With assiduous work the arrogant Higgins does succeed in turning Eliza into an elegant debutante; but then he finds he can't live without her. The lust Cockney dances in Covent Garden, the languid gavotte of the nobs in Ascot, the glitter of the Embassy Ball, the touching exaltation of "I Could Have Danced All Night" - these are now world-famous set pieces that never lose their appeal.
Everyone, everywhere, has become accustomed to her face, but no one could ever find MY FAIR LADY anything other than one of the greatest musical shows ever conceived.