Members say: Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting

About the show

Lincoln Center Theater revives Lerner and Loewe’s iconic musical in a production directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher and starring Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, and Diana Rigg.

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'My Fair Lady' tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed? The classic score features 'I Could Have Danced All Night,' 'The Rain in Spain,' 'Wouldn’t It Be Loverly' and 'On the Street Where You Live.' Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play 'Pygmalion' the original 1956 production of 'My Fair Lady' won six Tony Awards including Best Musical.

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Wolf Entertainment Guide

"It is glorious interpretation of the Lerner-Loewe musical, one of the greatest of the genre, on so many counts. It is both an eyeful and an earful, with fabulous sets and costumes and beguiling singing...Sher deserves unstinting praise for his direction...It is an up-to-date example of striving for and achieving perfection in reviving a musical theater classic, or for that matter, the staging of any Broadway show—period." Full Review

Gotham Playgoer

"Sher boldly cast two actors whose names are not instantly recognizable and who had not previously been seen in musicals...Sher’s gamble has paid off handsomely. In addition to her considerable acting chops, Ms. Ambrose turns out to have a lovely voice. Mr. Hadden-Patton is a fine actor who negotiates the transition between speaking and singing with great skill...It’s a near-perfect production of what many have called the perfect musical." Full Review


"Every so often, a revival comes along that re-invents itself in ways that remind you how truly indispensable great theatre can be...A timely commentary that also happens to be supremely entertaining. And where has Lauren Ambrose been all this time?...So pure and powerful, she is a true star in a performance that will be talked about for years...I can't say enough about Sher's inspired re-imagining of the show. He put a subtle but indelibly relevant stamp on Lerner and Loewe's masterpiece." Full Review

Cabaret Scenes

"A glorious production, complete with imaginative sets, gorgeous costumes, and the decisive image of Eliza sweeping off the stage and down the aisle...Ambrose brings a fiery independence to this production...Hadden-Paton is far younger than the original Harrison...Yet their fit is 'loverly' and clearly emotional...Sher gives magical inspiration to his 'My Fair Lady,' directing it to a contemporary audience with his magnificent theatricality and Shaw's ambiguous ending." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"The phenomenal revival directed by Bartlett Sher puts a new and welcomed spin on the classic Lerner and Loewe musical, and is delivered in a big, lavish production...The entire creative team has forged a seamless new production from start to finish that is smart, intelligent and polished, representing what should be expected on a Broadway stage. There are few words that could aptly describe this cast, but oh what a perfect cast it is." Full Review


"Inarguably one of the greatest musicals of all time, 'My Fair Lady' is receiving the same luxurious and royal treatment director Bartlett Sher brought to his previous revivals of both 'South Pacific' and 'The King and I,' all at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. To paraphrase one of Alan Jay Lerner's lyrics from 'Camelot'--another stunning musical he wrote with composer Frederick Loewe--it's nothing less than 'a sumptuous display.'" Full Review

London Box Office

"Hadden-Paton and Ambrose are exceptional, both bringing beautiful, nuanced and unexpected touches to their interpretations...The whole production is a tasteful and exquisite reimagining of this old show that is entirely respectful...The comedy elements of the show are all in place too...The directing is revelatory, the acting is top notch, the music is glorious and the visuals are stunning, in fact seeing this production was one of my top 10 best ever theatre going experiences." Full Review

The New York Times

"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." Full Review


"They haven't reinvented the wheel or excised anything potentially challenging. All they've done, really, is own the material...May not be the best sung, but it's infused with genuine emotion from all parties involved...Where the production really shines is in the characters' respective transformations...This 'My Fair Lady' is a revival for the ages, the perfect synthesis of director's vision and performers and designers working completely in sync." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"The Lincoln Center Theater 'My Fair Lady' is absobloominutely loverly, and you can quote me on that...Warm and tender, yes, tiptop entertainment suitable for all audiences and sure to send them beaming to their choc’late box...The invincible strength of the evening is demonstrated when Eliza sings 'I’ll never know what made it so exciting.' You can actually hear what makes it so exciting; that full-bodied orchestra, playing the original orchestrations for all they’re worth." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"If you've got a little bit of luck, a wallet full of cash, and are looking for something lavish, luscious, and abso-bloomin-lutely loverly, my advice is to get to Lincoln Center on time to see 'My Fair Lady'…Exquisitely directed, designed, and performed...Stealing both the show and my heart…is the Eliza of redheaded Lauren Ambrose, giving an ambrosiac performance of charm, insight, warmth, defiance, passion, and humor that had me in tears at one moment, bursting with laughter at another." Full Review

AM New York

"A lush, lavish and lovely new production...'My Fair Lady' remains an electrifying wonder of dramatic integration and invention, sweeping melody, elegance, biting humor, rich characterization, social criticism and intimate drama...The revival has been staged in Sher’s familiar style of making a classic feel fresh and dynamic without totally disregarding the original script and score, incorporating superb production values and bringing out layered performances from great actors." Full Review

The Wrap

"Sher not only loves but understands what makes musicals sing and run like a bejeweled timepiece...This visual splendor would amount to nothing more than a momentary 'Wow!' if Sher hadn’t imbued the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe classic with performances that vividly conjure up George Bernard Shaw’s original characters...Ambrose is a magnificent Eliza...Ambrose delivers a remarkably vulnerable performance." Full Review


"Lerner and Fredrick Loewe’s gorgeous adaptation of Shaw’s classic 'Pygmalion' still delights and dazzles...Ever-savvy director Bartlett Sher and the brilliantly fiery Ambrose have given us a rather more forceful Eliza than usual...'Get Me to the Church on Time' is perhaps this season’s biggest show-stopper...Even more than in the past, Sher’s frequent collaborators rise to the occasion here." Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

"Sher excels at finding strong yet subtle resonance in classic musicals...What’s especially lovely is watching the tempestuous pair gradually fall in love...The production also looks and sounds great...Some might want to either lionize or lambast this as the #MeToo movement’s 'My Fair Lady.' But at the end of its three hours, it’s these magnificent characters, not political issues, that will be dancing in your head all night." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"A beloved musical from another era can keep on kicking, and, as is the case here, it can even do so without making radical shifts in aesthetic, as long as it’s got its eyes wide open...This production team knows what they’re making and when they’re making it...Yeargan’s dynamic set, combined with Ambrose’s beautifully calibrated performance, always makes us feel as if events—educational and emotional—are rushing forward." Full Review

Musical Theater Review

"Sher's modus operandi is a deep appreciation and luxuriant refurbishing of a show's virtues with no great proclivity for reinterpretation, although in 'My Fair Lady' he does give the ending a surprise twist...Shavian brilliance glitters throughout...with Lerner's book enacted to perfection by a cast headed by Hadden-Paton...and Ambrose...Sher's work gives the revival its own impressive sense of importance, with a series of breath-taking moments." Full Review

Stage Left

"A grand, first rate, feminist revival of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical, 'My Fair Lady.' Perfectly keyed to this moment while honoring the greatness of its text and score, director Bartlett Sher hits another home run, and Lauren Ambrose and Harry Hadden-Paton give smashing, revolutionary performances as Eliza Doolittle and Professor Higgins. A great revival of a great musical to end the season on a high note." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

"It positively glows with class, in every sense, shimmering with confidence and oozing with delight...Hadden-Paton brings a nicely youthful yet appropriately flummoxed air to the role, and in what appears to be his first musical, carries the songs with conviction, too. He is ideally partnered by the earthy, gritty honesty of Lauren Ambrose’s Eliza...There is luxury casting all around them." Full Review


"Ambrose not only has the voice for Eliza Doolittle...but she also demonstrates how a masterful actor can bring new dimensions to a role that makes an entire revival a new experience...This production is quite traditional but very stylish...In the end, it is Laura Ambrose's Eliza Doolittle that makes this revival special. All of the elements that Ms. Ambrose exploits are in the book and lyrics; but she brings unique insight and deeply felt emotion in expressing them." Full Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

"Shaw was always on Eliza's side, and with Sher's brilliant directorial decisions, the bullies and dolts are left in the melodic dust...Ambrose is a delightful Eliza; she has a soaring voice, and she provides flawless accents in a plot that's about accents...Hadden-Paton is a superb and witty bully...The huge cast is full of great voices and impeccable diction; their timing, especially in the wondrous 'Ascot Gavotte,' is hilarious perfection." Full Review

Fordham Observer

"Sher's lush, elegant revival of 'My Fair Lady' has been triumphantly successful...Feels as contemporary as ever, its characters like they may have been written yesterday...A carefully, cleverly selected cast has given life to this classic...Ambrose gives a masterclass in leading-lady grace...She is everything posterity needed to thank this production...Hadden-Paton plays a first-rate Higgins...What shines in his performance is a comic sensibility that relegates Higgins to absurdity." Full Review

Rock NYC

"A straightforward and first class production of one of Broadway's most beloved musicals with a little widening of actor's ethnicity for inclusions sake. And while neither Ambrose...nor Hadden-Paton...are a Julie Andrews or a Rex Harrison, they are more than adequate in their roles...This is a full 30 piece orchestra and the music shows no strain being compared by the great orchestras of the past: no corners are cut and the sound is terrific. The staging is its equal and more so." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"As a musical, and a product of its time and place, it is a masterful piece of entertainment...Though Ambrose sings beautifully, her voice doesn’t have the power of Andrews’...But Ambrose is a bold and electrifying actress, and her Eliza is more human than any Eliza we’ve seen before...Like the production itself, her performance is a thing of beauty. The men in Eliza’s life are everything you want them to be." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love this classic musical. The whole production is first rate. Harry Hadden-Paton is the best Higgins I've ever seen. Loved it!

Don't see it if I can't think if any reason not to see it.

Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a true classic come to life with new energy and new talent. It’s hard not singing along to those memorable songs we often hear.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy musicals but you’ll regret missing it.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Profound, Great staging

See it if I danced all night after seeing this stunning revival.. This production is truly as beautiful as they say and I left the theatre floating.

Don't see it if This is a show everyone in the hose can and will enjoy. The tickets may be pricy, but they are worth every cent.

Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love classic musicals and revivals! The music is wonderful!

Don't see it if If you want edgy and contemporary.

Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a brilliant revival of the perfect musical. L. Ambrose and H.Paton are excellent as Doolittle and Higgins.

Don't see it if There is no reason on this planet not to see this beautifully presented musical. The almost three hour length passes in a flash.

Also Having seen the original sixty or so years ago, I was delighted to hea... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Great performances of a classic.

Don't see it if n/a

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if Lauren Ambrose is amazing--who knew she could sing? If you love the movie, you'll adore this production. The ending is electrifying.

Don't see it if ...if you're not a fan of musicals. I'M GETTING MARRIED/MORNING is an thrilling showstopper! Harry Haddon-Paton is great (youthful) Higgins.

Also The ending is amazing because it can be played very differently based ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want a lovely production with good singing, acting, dancing, costumes. A thoroughly entertaining production of a still wonderful score.

Don't see it if You'd rather see Shaw without music. The 1936 Wendy Hiller-Leslie Howard movie version holds up. Or look for a stage production somewhere.

Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if -You want to see a true classic performed in masterful style -You enjoy great musicals -You love seeing performers at the top of their games

Don't see it if - You hate musicals - You only like edgy, bare-bones productions - You don't have a heart - You can't stop yourself from singing out loud<g>

Also When you put on a production like this, you have a high bar to meet- J... Read more Read less

Delightful, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want a most entertaining experience - music that will live on forever with a cast that lived up to and exceeded expectations.

Don't see it if Musicals are not your thing because if they are, you should see it!

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Beautiful production of a classic show

Don't see it if Do not like revivals

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see one of the greatest musicals of all time done brilliantly.

Don't see it if You do not like traditional musicals.

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love great musicals.

Don't see it if Just go and see it!

Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see one of the best musicals ever made with marvelous performances all around; you saw it in the past but once is not enough.

Don't see it if you just don't enjoy musicals; you don't like revivals

Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if want to dance all night after this spectacular revival of this classic musical. Elegant costumes, evocative sets, glorious music/acting.

Don't see it if you prefer an old-fashioned rendition of this timeless musical, because this latest revival presents Eliza as a powerful feminist indeed.

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if It has everything - brilliant acting and singing, magnificent sets, spectacular staging and choreography, tons of heart and fun.

Don't see it if Impossible not to like this production.

Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if A brilliant masterpiece! Bartlett Sher has infused this classic with his usual touch of genius. Ambrose and Hadden-Patton are gems!

Don't see it if N/A

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like the music of My Fair Lady and like the story. The cast is phenomenal and the singing by Eliza and others is amazing. Loved it!

Don't see it if you don't like a well done old time musical with modern touches to it. If you don't like beautiful singing and great orchestrations.

Delightful, Exquisite, Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You’re a fan of classic musicals. This is the ultimate theater experience. If you want to show someone Broadway, this is it. Just perfect.

Don't see it if You don’t like classic shows.

Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the film. The dialogue & incredible sets are reminiscent of the film. The changes made & new interpretations are fresh & welcome.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy classic, sweeping musicals.

Also I’ve waited for a Broadway revival of this show for years, as the film... Read more Read less

Funny, Epic, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy plays that have it all.

Don't see it if you can never be satisfied.

Sublime, Pure magic, Old-fashioned splendor, Spectacular aesthetics, Nostalgia-fest

See it if a Lerner & Loewe, classic musical, or My Fair Lady (the film or other production) fan; you want to be charmed, delighted, and deeply-moved.

Don't see it if seeking groundbreaking or "edgy" work; dislike ambiguity (especially in romances); cannot overlook datedness when it comes to gender roles.

Also At certain moments during My Fair Lady, I felt a type of crying that s... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if There are not enough adjectives to describe how terrific the play was. The voices were amazing I didn’t want it to end!

Don't see it if You don’t like musical revivals

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You appreciate fantastic staging, great acting. A modern version of a classic.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy musicals. This a an old fashion show with a modern twist....

Exquisite, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if It's My Fair Lady.A Sher master stroke with a gorgeous production incl a lush on-stage orchestra.Beautiful singing and gorg. orchestrations.

Don't see it if LCT means see it!