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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner

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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady




This Lerner and Loewe 1957 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play “Pygmalion” and is the basis for the 1964 Academy Award-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.


Story:

Eliza Doolittle, a rough Cockney girl, meets Colonel Pickering and Henry Higgins in Covent Garden where she’s selling flowers. When Higgins remarks that he could help Eliza speak properly and raise her status in the community, Pickering challenges him to do so and Eliza takes him up on the offer. Though difficult and frustrating for both Eliza and Higgins at first, the lessons soon begin to work wonders, and produce results that neither predict.


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Composer

Composer
Frederick Loewe

Lyricist

Lyricist and Librettist
Alan Jay Lerner



  • Premiere
  • 1976
  • 1981
  • 1993
  • 1964 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Mark Hellinger Theatre, Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway Theatre
Opening Night
Mar 15, 1956
Total Performances
2,717
Original Cast
Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Stanly Holloway, Cathleen Nesbitt, Robert Coote, John Michael King, Christopher Hewett, Reid Shelton
Director
Moss Hart
Choreographer
Hanya Holm
Producer
Herman Levin
Musical Director
Franz Allers
Musical Arrangements
Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang
Scenic Design
Oliver Smith
Costume Design
Cecil Beaton
Lighting Design
Feder

1976 Broadway Revival

Theatre
St. James Theatre, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Opening Night
Mar 25, 1976
Total Performances
377
Original Cast
Christine Andreas, Robert Coote, Ian Richardson, George Rose, Brenda Forbes, Jerry Lanning
Director
Jerry Adler
Choreographer
Crandall Diehl
Producer
Herman Levin
Musical Director
Theodore Saidenberg
Musical Arrangements
Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang
Scenic Design
Oliver Smith
Costume Design
Cecil Beaton
Lighting Design
John Gleason

1981 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Uris Theatre
Opening Night
Aug 18, 1981
Total Performances
120
Original Cast
Rex Harrison, Jack Gwillim, Cathleen Nesbitt, Milo O'Shea, Nancy Ringham, Nicholas Wyman
Director
Patrick Garland
Choreographer
Crandall Diehl
Producer
Don Gregory and Mike Merrick
Musical Director
Franz Allers
Scenic Design
Oliver Smith
Costume Design
Cecil Beaton
Lighting Design
Ken Billington

1993 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Virginia Theatre
Opening Night
Dec 9, 1993
Total Performances
165
Original Cast
Richard Chamberlain, Melissa Errico, Glynis Bell, Julian Holloway, Robert Sella, Dolores Sutton, Paxton Whitehead
Director
Howard Davies
Choreographer
Donald Saddler
Producer
Barry & Fran Weissler, Jujamcyn Theaters
Musical Director
Jack Lee
Scenic Design
Ralph Koltai
Costume Design
Patricia Zipprodt
Lighting Design
Natasha Katz

1964 Film Version

Movie Name
My Fair Lady
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
George Cukor
Screenplay
Alan Jay Lerner
Starring
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway





CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Original London Cast Album

CD
2001 London Revival Cast Album

CD
20th Anniversary Broadway Cast Album

CD
Motion Picture Soundtrack


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray


Books

Book
Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady


Other

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1957 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - Rex Harrison
Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Conductor and Musical Director
Best Actress in a Musical - Julie Andrews
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Robert Coote
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Stanley Holloway
Best Choreography

1956 Theatre World Award Nominations

John Michael King

1976 Tony Award Nominations

Best Actor in a Musical - George Rose
Best Actor in a Musical - Ian Richardson

1976 Theatre World Award Nominations

Christine Andreas

1976 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Ian Richardson
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - George Rose
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Revival

1982 Tony Award Nominations

Reproduction (Play or Musical)

1994 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Musical Revival
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Melissa Errico
Outstanding Costume Design

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