2019 – My Fair Lady

MyFairLady

Hailed by critics and audiences for its heart and its wit, My Fair Lady is a beautiful musical about transformation, patronage, gender politics and class, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion. Lerner and Loewe’s multi-award winning musical, My Fair Lady, became one of the greatest successes of the New York and London stages, and paved the way for the hugely popular film version in 1964. Henry Higgins, an opinionated linguistics professor and confirmed bachelor, makes a wager with a colleague that within six months he can transform a cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady who can take her place in high society. He wins the bet, but doesn’t bargain for the profound effect she has on his life

My Fair Lady

Performance Dates: 19th-23rd February 2019 – Kings Theatre, Glasgow

Production Team

  • Director: Blair Ledgerwood-Cruikshank
  • Musical Director: Sean Stirling
  • Choreographer: Greg Robertson

Synopsis

Acclaimed Professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins makes a wager with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off “gutter snipe” Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball. Through arduous training, day and night, Eliza learns how to speak English “properly,” and transforms into a lady respected and adored by all classes. Along the way she bewitches young Freddy Einsford-Hill into falling in love with her, and convinces a supposed linguistics expert that she is royalty. Through her transformation process, Eliza forges a deep connection with Colonel Pickering and most especially with Professor Higgins. However, she finds herself in a difficult position, now too refined to go back to her old life and not with any means or desire to live life as a lady of leisure – especially by herself. When Higgins completely fails to acknowledge Eliza’s role in her own transformation, she leaves his home. It is only then that Higgins realizes that he cares deeply for Eliza. The play ends with Eliza’s return to Higgins’ home, and the ending is left ambiguous, yet it is beloved for being both one of the cleverest and one of the most romantic plays of all time.

Cast

Production Flyer

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Musical Numbers

  • 1. Overture and Opening Scene – Orchestra, 3 buskers
  • 2. Why Can’t the English? – Higgins
  • *3. Wouldn’t it Be Loverly? – Eliza and Costermongers
  • *4. With a Little Bit of Luck – Alfred Doolittle, Harry, and Jamie
  • 5. I’m an Ordinary Man – Higgins
  • 6. With a Little Bit of Luck (Reprise) – Alfred Doolittle and Friends (Ensemble)
  • 7. Just You Wait – Eliza
  • 8. The Servants’ Chorus – Mrs. Pearce and Servants
  • *9. The Rain in Spain – Higgins, Eliza, Pickering
  • *10. I Could Have Danced All Night – Eliza, Mrs. Pearce, Maids
  • 11. Ascot Gavotte – Spectators at the race (Ensemble)
  • 12. End of Gavotte and Blackout Music – Orchestra
  • 13. On the Street Where You Live – Freddy
  • 14. Eliza’s Entrance – Orchestra
  • *15. Introduction to Promenade – Orchestra
  • *16. Promenade – Orchestra
  • *17. Embassy Waltz – Higgins, Eliza, Karpathy, Guests
  • 18. Entr’acte
  • 19. You Did It – Pickering, Higgins, Mrs. Pearce, Servants
  • 20. Just You Wait (Reprise) – Eliza
  • 21. On the Street Where You Live (Reprise) – Freddy
  • 22. Show Me – Eliza and Freddy
  • 23. The Flower Market / Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (Reprise) – Eliza and Costermongers
  • *24. Get Me to the Church on Time – Alfred Doolittle, Harry, Jamie, and Costermongers
  • 25. A Hymn to Him – Higgins
  • 26. Without You – Eliza and Higgins
  • 27. I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face – Higgins
  • 28. Finale – Orchestra