My Fair Lady
- A musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, one of themost successful ever staged on Broadway. Based on Shaw's Pygmalion,it opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in 1956 with Rex Harrisonas Henry Higgins, the linguistics professor, and Julie Andrews asEliza Doolittle, the cockney flower-seller. Like the 1938 film, themusical substituted a conventional romantic ending - Higginsand Eliza fall in love - for Shaw's more prosaic conclusion.In 1964 My Fair Lady became a film itself, starring Harrisonand Audrey Hepburn.
Mary Martin thought the show would fail when she first heardthe songs, commenting "Those dear boys have lost their talent."However, My Fair Lady won the 1957 Tony Award as Best Musicaland eventually ran for 2717 performances. Opening in London in 1958,it established Drury Lane's longest run with 2281 performances. WhenRex Harrison revived the show in 1981 at the Pentagess Theatre, LosAngeles, the first week's box office receipts of $409,884 set a record.The 2000 National Theatre revival ran for two years in the West Endand collected five Laurence Olivier Awards.