By: Lerner and Loewe
Director: Rebecca M. Baker
There were 10 good reasons why My Fair Lady should have never made it on Broadway, according to CBC Radio Music Host Robert Harris. One reason was that the leading lady (Julie Andrews) was virtually unknown at the time, and another was that Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) couldn't sing! Instead, Lerner and Loewe's masterpiece became their biggest and longest-running hit.
Based on the play, Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, the script weaves together entertainment and transformation. Eliza's metamorphosis from guttersnipe to dazzling, high-class beauty is stunning, but the real transformation is the one inside. Through Henry Higgins' prodding and provoking, Eliza becomes a strong, self-reliant woman. And as Higgins recognizes Eliza's value as a person - regardless of social distinctions - he begins to change too. Whether or not he falls in love is left to our imagination, but one thing is sure - we, along with Higgins, celebrate in Eliza the true worth of the human spirit.