MY FAIR LADY :: Lerner and Loewe’s legendary classic
If you’ve never seen a production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, then you can probably hum a tune or two from this show. This London import was one of the best received and show’s of all time, and almost every household owned a copy of the original cast recording.
Rex Harrison opened the show with rhetorical question, “Why can’t the English teach their children how to speak,” in his trademarked sprechgesang or “speak-singing.” Julie Andrews followed in a cockney accent singing, “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” The rest of the story continues as George Bernard Shaw wrote in Pygmalion, with a different, more romantic ending for the musical. Perhaps my favorite part of the show is Eliza’s first trial as a lady at Ascot. Her conversation topics of ladling gin down Mother’s throat and her overexcitement cheering for the horses made for an excellent comedy of manners.
Unfortunately, a filmed production of this musical does not exist. A few musical numbers were performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, but the fully staged version of the show is mostly a memory. Thankfully, the show’s popularity generated plenty of publicity, leaving us with production stills to give us a glimpse of the original Broadway show.
It’s too much asking for a time machine? Just to enjoy the one and only Julie as THE Eliza! AWESOME!
Yes, a time machine is overdue.
if I had a time machine that’s one of the first things I would do. (btw, My Fair Lady was not a “London import” as said above: it’s an original Broadway production, eventually moved whit its original cast to London)
Julie Andrews preparing, in her dressing room for her legendary performance as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
and today is "Eliza Dolittle day"!!! :D
My Fair Lady (1958) original London cast recording, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly - Julie Andrews and members of the cast
Re-Blog this adding one thing you’d do if you went back to the 1940s/50s.
Cecil Beaton touching up Julie Andrews’ makeup for a My Fair Lady publicity photograph.
In her Autobiography Julie recalls, “Beaton sort of got my goat. Because we were both British, I quickly picked up on something: he was grander than he had any right to be. Maybe I sensed arrogance or hidden ambition. Certainly he acted like a snob. I began to tease him a little, using my developing cockney accent to good effect when I felt he was being condescending or indifferent. And he liked it! I would glimpse the teeniest crack of a smile on his pursed lips and a slight twinkle in his eye when I deliberatly flaunted a lower-class attitude.”
As talented as he his, Beaton’s treatment of a young Julie Andrews makes him sound like a complete pompous ass.
He was a genius in his work but he was such an ass. I love the little parody of him in Victor/Victoria.
wow! I never realized that but it it’s true, that scene could be a parody of his photo sessions!!! :D
Eliza Doolitle: A transformation to behold.
Ohw, I don’t know what I’d give away for having seen her in My Fair Lady on Broadway. Someone take me back to 1956!
Lesley Garrett and Denis Quilley, The Rain in Spain, from My Fair Lady
"Spanish rain does not actually stay mainly in the plain. It falls mainly in the northern mountains.” (from Wikipedia)
and again, Julie & Rex.
no, WAIT: is this a photo of Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison in REAL Covent Garden, London? That’s absobloominlutely amazing.