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The musical My Fair Lady has been referred to by some as the perfect musical. It premiered in 1956 on Broadway and has seen multiple revivals over the years in both New York and London. Each time the show comes back on the scene, fans scoop up My Fair Lady tickets as soon as they come on sale. What began on Broadway could be coming to a theatre near you!
My Fair Lady is the musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and was created by lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe. It tells the story of Professor Henry Higgins, who brags to his friend and colleague Colonel Pickering that he could train any woman to speak so properly that she would pass for a duchess. Along comes the unsuspecting Eliza Doolittle, whom Higgins chooses as his subject. The musical then follows Eliza as she transforms and fools everyone, only to be left feeling used and heartbroken.
Before My Fair Lady opened on Broadway in 1956, it got a tryout at New Haven's Shubert Theatre and Erlanger Theatre in Philadelphia. A success in both cities, My Fair Lady moved into Broadway's Mark Hellinger Theatre on March 15, 1956, and ran for 2,717 performances. It made returns to Broadway in 1976, 1981 and 1993 and was also made into a big screen movie starring Audrey Hepburn.