REVIEW ROUNDUP: “My Fair Lady” Opened with a ShowScore of 85

Show-Score | Apr 20, 2018
“My Fair Lady,” with music by Frederick Loewe, with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and directed by Bartlett Sher, opened on April 19, 2018 in New York City. “My Fair Lady,” with music by Frederick Loewe, with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and directed by Bartlett Sher, opened on April 19, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

25 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 83.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
 
"The plush and thrilling revival reveals Eliza Doolittle as a hero instead of a puppet — and reveals the musical, despite its provenance and male authorship, as an ur-text of the #MeToo moment...Fittingly, the effect of these tweaks, along with some major nonverbal alterations, is transformative. So is Lauren Ambrose as a feral and then luminous Eliza...Ms. Ambrose has a stirring voice: lustrous and rich if without the bright ping of most Elizas. That turns out to be an advantage."

Elisabeth Vincentelli
Newsday
ShowScore: 85
"Everything it needs to be, and quite a bit more...You know to expect a lavish spectacle. You won’t be disappointed...Director Bartlett Sher returned to the story’s origin in the George Bernard Shaw play 'Pygmalion' and made it more acceptable for our times without messing with the musical, but this isn’t a 'revisal'...If the central relationship is the jewel of 'My Fair Lady,' it gets a glorious setting here, from the high production values to the deluxe casting."

Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 80
"Impeccable is the first word that springs to mind to describe the Lincoln Center Theater revival...Faithful without being reverent, equally attentive to the nuances of character and musical values...Unlike the other shows Sher has revivified for a new century, it lacks a vitally beating heart, and feels like a beautifully restored artifact rather than a still resonant work of art...The production is of such a high quality that it’s easy enough to simply put your blinders on and be carried away."

“My Fair Lady” was also reviewed by Jess Cagle of Entertainment Weekly, Geoff Evans of Deadline, David Gordon of Theatermania, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Finkle of New York Stage Review, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Matt Windman of AM New York, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Diane Snyder of The Telegraph (UK), David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 192 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing

Joseph 2, ShowScore: 92 
See it if… "You want to see a beautiful, intelligent, vital and confident revival of one of Broadway's greatest musicals."
Don't see it if…"You have no patience for long shows or little interest in classic musicals."
Omar 7288, ShowScore: 93 
See it if…"You want to revisit the joy of one of the greatest musicals 'vivified' and refreshed, vitalized and infused with passion, elan, and panache."
Don't see it if…"Intelligent writing, courtesy of Shaw's writing adapted here, doesn't interest you, or everything must be politically correct."
Benjamin 8109, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You want to see an old fashioned musical with beautiful costumes, sets, and great singing."
Don't see it if…" You do not like musicals from the past, and have issues with dated material."
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