My Fair Lady is coming to Golden Gate Theater San Francisco, CA. Book now for this most beloved musical of all time, Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady in a lavish new production. It is directed by Bartlett Sher with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber and lighting design by Donald Holder. The cast includes Shereen Ahmed as Eliza, Laird Mackintosh as Professor Henry Higgins, Leslie Alexander as Mrs. Higgins, Adam Grupper as Alfred P. Doolittle, Kevin Parsineau as Colonel Pickering, Sam Simahk as Freddy, and Gayton Scott as Mrs. Pearce.
“The Worlds Greatest Musical”
“Plush and thrilling! Illuminated with new stars.” – The New York Times.
“Thrilling! Glorious and better than it ever was! A marvelous and transformative revival.” – The New York Times.
“A thing of beauty. A sumptuous new revival of the most perfect musical of all time. A masterful piece of entertainment.” – Entertainment Weekly
My Fair Lady transports you back in time to 1912 England, telling 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 two meet in Covent Garden flower market, London. Higgins is shocked by the contrast of Eliza’s vulgar dialect versus her beauty, while Eliza wonders what it would be like to live a comfortable life of an aristocrat Lady. So later, Eliza seeks him out and asks for elocution lessons and Higgins takes a wager that he can get her speaking properly within 6 months! They make an agreement and Higgins makes her part of his household. Lessons progress from then until, on her first public tryout at the Ascot Racecourse, Eliza forgets herself and lets out a tirade of foul language, because her horse lost.
After weeks of preparation the two go to the Embassy Ball where Eliza dances with the Hungarian Prince Zoltan Karpathy who declares her to be a Hungarian Princess! Pickering and Higgins are overcome with their success, but, Eliza is insulted by Higgins and leaves to return to Covent Garden, only to discover that she no longer feels at home there. Despondent she returns to Higgins mothers house where she sees Higgins and declares she no longer needs him. As Higgins leaves to go home he realizes just how attached he was to Eliza. Elisa realizes the same and runs back to Higgins home. In suppressed joy at their reunion, Professor Higgins scoffs and asks, “Eliza, where the devil are my slippers?”
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.” The Revival show was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Drama League Awards, 9 Outer Critics Circle Awards and a Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album. My Fair Lady revival won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Musical, 2 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical, A Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway Musical and 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Featured Actor, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Costume Design.
My Fair Lady Reviews
“All the more satisfying when a musical not only lives in the moment but also changes and grows over time. Such is the case with the revival of “My Fair Lady” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater — still evolving with new stars after 10 months and $50 million in sales. Upon its opening last April, it was already a plush and thrilling production, befitting Lincoln Center Theater’s tradition of treating classic musicals as both spectacle and living text. While honoring Lerner and Loewe’s 1956 original, the director Bartlett Sher had reframed the story of Henry Higgins, the phonetician who sculpts the bedraggled flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady; it became instead the story of Eliza Doolittle, a determined flower girl who, with the bully Henry Higgins as her chisel, sculpts herself. It is still that story, in outline. But with four replacement principals now fully in place — Laura Benanti as Eliza; Danny Burstein as her father; Christian Dante White as her enthusiastic suitor; and Rosemary Harris as Higgins’s mother — the emphasis has changed in ways that are no less illuminating for being incremental.”
– Jesse Green, The New York Times.
“A splendiferous layer cake with a bittersweet core, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady has returned to Broadway in a smashing new production from Bartlett Sher (The Sound of Music, The King and I). Expertly acted, pleasingly sung, and often visually splendid, it makes a good faith attempt to honor the show’s history and intentions while also acknowledging the charged sexual politics of the moment. If its ending still doesn’t satisfy, maybe that’s because no My Fair Lady ending can. What’s most striking about the revival is the strength of the performances. Ambrose’s Eliza is immensely moving, yowling and cringing and ready to play the victim until she discovers her own great integrity. Haden-Paton is a playful and charismatic Higgins. Brash and witty, he doesn’t apologize for the character’s staggering lack of empathy, nor should he. Allan Corduner is a charming Pickering, Jordan Donica a suitably lovestruck and ineffectual Freddy. Norbert Leo Butz gives a riotous Get Me to the Church on Time, though an oddly subdued With a Little Bit of Luck.”
– Alex Soloski, The Guardian.