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My Fair Lady (Broadway)

From 56 critic and 1,248 member reviews
Members say: Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, 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 Laura Benanti, Harry Hadden-Paton, Danny Burstein, and Rosemary Harris. More…

'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.



100
AM New York

“Benanti...is a perfect match...One of today’s best stage actresses gets to tackle one of the greatest roles in the musical theater...Ambrose was radiant...but Benanti has such a command of her vocal and acting abilities that it takes the production to a whole new level. Benanti’s performance is so rich, vigorous and fully developed that she makes virtually every line and every moment count...This production has provided Broadway with a considerable and continuing amount of joy.” Full Review

100
New York Stage Review

“’My Fair Lady’ has been boosted with vitamin shots. What kept us dancing all night, back then, now positively soars...The biggest boost comes from Ms. B-12 herself, Benanti...A second B-jolt comes from Burstein...Adding to the high charm of the production is Harris...Sher’s staging and the exquisite production...remain in pristine condition...’My Fair Lady’ is enhanced...and the results are even more exquisite than before.” Full Review

100
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

100
New York Stage Review

“If Ambrose’s turn as Eliza Dolittle was a revelation, Benanti’s is just as thrilling...Her elegance and sharp wit; her willingness to wax goofy, with the adroitness that only the smartest actors and comedians can manage; and of course, that glorious, silvery soprano...Benanti serves Shaw’s original vision, and his wit, with as much zest as her predecessor—and, it must be said, more palpable joy...The production retains the directional and design elements that made it both ravishing and wise.” Full Review

95
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

95
CitiTour

"One of my immediate thoughts upon leaving Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre last spring, after seeing Sher's splendid revival of the 1956 musical "My Fair Lady," was that great things come to those who wait. But now, I must amend that statement: Really great things come to those who wait. For by changing some of the show's principal cast members, Lerner and Loewe's gorgeous, clever adaptation of Shaw's classic 'Pygmalion' is even more delightful than before." Full Review

95
NY1

"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

95
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

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TheaterScene.net

"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

95
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

95
Melinda's Malarky

"Benanti can really sing and plays the perfect waif with a Cockney accent and chameleon persona. Benanti hits all the right notes in playing Ms. Doolittle...This is a marvelous production with lots of treats and lots of heat. You can't leave the theater without humming any one of the marvelous musical numbers. It's impossible not to be teary eyed at the magical transformations occurring on stage. Sher's flawless direction gives the ideal balance of music & emotional heart." Full Review

95
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

90
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

90
New York Theater

"The show of course offers the same sumptuous design, lively choreography, and lush orchestrations. The performances of the original cast members who remain with the show have also deepened with detail...Benanti’s independent Eliza removes the question that I felt looming over this production of 'My Fair Lady' when I saw it last April: Does the story still work if, as the director intends, we see no romantic feelings develop between Eliza and Henry Higgins? Yes, it still works." Full Review

90
The New York Times

“I mean no disrespect to Ambrose, who originated the role in this revival, to say that Benanti is a more effortless vocalist; she dispatches her very difficult and wide-ranging songs with glee...The show is lighter as a result, which is not to say it’s less compelling...But it is the recasting of the smallest principal role that makes the most touching difference, and like everything connected to Harris’s stage presence, her success as Mrs. Higgins cannot be pinned down.” Full Review

90
Theatermania

"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

90
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

90
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

90
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

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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

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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

90
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

90
BSonArts

"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

90
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

90
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


100
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You loved it before ... you will love it again!

Don't see it if You see shows one and think they are done.

100
Great performing, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a delightful performance of one of the greatest musicals ever! Outstanding set and performers!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

100
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you like classic, timeless and family friendly musicals with great acting and singing. Fantastic revival!

Don't see it if If you haven’t seen Hamilton, or don’t like classical music theater.

100
Exquisite, Ambitious, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You love to be delighted by a fresh verion of a classic play and love humming wonderful music.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

100
Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if If you love the classic, you will love this show! If you love beautiful costumes, amazing acting and singing, see it!

Don't see it if If you didn't like the original otherwise there is no reason.

100
Masterful, Refreshing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you want to see a refreshing love story

Don't see it if You don't like plays from olden days

Also I knew nothing about the story or music of My Fair Lady as I hadn't se... Read more Read less

100
Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to be impressed by the highest caliber actors and staging! Laura Benanti is perfection!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy early musicals.

100
Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Lincoln Center delivers a first class Fair Lady. Lauren Ambrose and Laura Benanti are both glorious. Harry Haden Paton is just perfect.

Don't see it if you want to miss out on a great thing

100
Clever, Funny, Great singing

See it if You love a classic coming alive on stage. Love great talent.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of golden age musicals.

100
Benantied!!!, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a PERFECT PERFORMANCE BY LAURA BENANTI. The rest of the cast was amazing too!!

Don't see it if You don't like superb productions of brilliant musicals.

100
Must see, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Beautiful, engaging musical with great music, staging and costumes. Characters so well defined and likable.

Don't see it if You don't like grand musicals filled with lots of song and dance

Also Cinderella story with a surprising twist.

100
Vision put forth by the director for this perfect production is often breathtaking

See it if want to risk missing this magnificent production of the glorious My Fair Lady !

Don't see it if cranky box office personnel might upset you

Also Laura Benanti as Eliza is perfect, delivering a deeply layered portray... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if If you like classic operettas

Don't see it if If you don't like live music

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if This brilliant revival updates a classic show without changing the work. It demonstrates what Shaw was really trying to say.

Don't see it if You are expecting only to see the Audrey Hepburn sanitized movie version.

100
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if you love musicals

Don't see it if you dont like musicals

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You like great songs sung by talented performers and old time musicals.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of old time musicals.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You love a good old fashioned classy broadway show. Costumes, singing, sets all awesome!!

Don't see it if You don’t like a good musical.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you want to be charmed by great acting, singing, staging, by delightful costumes and a compelling and touching story

Don't see it if you don't like musicals and classical pieces

100
Refreshing, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if Saw it with the original revival cast..Fabulous in every way

Don't see it if You like rap musicals

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great costumes, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You like a beautiful new take on a classic, and if you like being absorbed into an almost magical world of theater

Don't see it if You don't like remakes

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You loved the origimal or missed the original and want a beautiful theater experience.

Don't see it if You know the story and don't get i.

100
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if I hate this show. Bart Sher gave it life. A perfect LCT production. And sit in the low end of the 300 section of the Orch in the Viv.

Don't see it if No don't see. This production gives new life to a musical that can come off banal and dull.

100
Exquisite

See it if Great version of a classic. Great acting and singing

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Love musicals and want to see only the best!

Don't see it if If you hate musicals and generally can’t stand it when people suddenly break out into song.

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if A classic show beautifully done. The sets and costumes really helped breath new life into a Theatrical standard.

Don't see it if You don't have an appreciation for classic theater. This show is beautiful but the story is well known.


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