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My Fair Lady (Broadway)

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


Member Reviews (1380)

MEMBERS SAY:

Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting
88
Avg Score

75
A feast for the eyes and ears, but not for the brain and heart

See it if you love lavish revivals. Lush costumes/sets; great songs (esply the score) and clever book (GBS!). Gr orchestra, good pace. Highly polished

Don't see it if you demand emotional engagement. MFL lacks spark. Fault Ambrose and/or Sherr. HH's misogyny hard to take. Act I outshines Act II. Forced fun

96
Exquisite, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Must see

See it if You want to see a beautifully staged, sung and acted “old fashioned” musical that has been directed with a real sense of today’s values.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine any reason not to see this show unless you just don’t want to see a musical.

74
Entertaining, Flat, Indulgent, Great sets, Slow

See it if Lush sets and orchestrations don’t help this otherwise flat show. Norbert is the stand out for sure. The sound was so muted.

Don't see it if You don’t like revivals of classics. Or the only seats you can get are on the sides.

90
Enchanting, Delightful, Exquisite, Warm, Masterful

See it if Lovely composition of actors, staging & orchestra. Convincing interpretations of Higgins & Eliza. Beautiful presentation w/lots of feeling.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy revivals where you know the story, characters & music well. There are just a few modern updates. I liked the new ending.

98
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to see a near-perfect revival of a near-perfect musical of a near-perfect play (& to discover the hidden talents of Lauren Ambrose)

Don't see it if you have nothing but disdain for classic musical theatre, no matter how brilliantly it's reimagined, staged & cast; you like to kick puppies

70
Engaging, Great acting, Disappointing, Old-fashioned, Problematic

See it if you love old-fashioned musicals more than you dislike problematic misogynist content.

Don't see it if you dislike problematic misogynist content more than you love old-fashioned musicals.

95
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if In a word, incandescent New Benanti/Burstein combo worth the wait w/ Hadden-Paton & co still top-notch Sher's light touch modern yet classic

Don't see it if Production design flawless w/Holder's lighting topping kudos Only snag is the grotesque, ghastly staging of "Get Me to the Church..." number

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great costumes, Great staging

See it if you love classic musicals, enjoy sumptuous costumes, fan of Norbert Leo Butts & Diana Rigg, large orchestra, great dances

Don't see it if not a fan of lavish musicals, don't like subtle but significant changes to traditional ending, expect more involving main characters

100
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

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

85
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You want to see a Golden Age musical in a breathtaking, classic production with a wonderful cast.

Don't see it if You dislike dated musicals, especially ones that last three hours and have more dialogue than music.

89
Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like/love classic musicals with beautiful costumes and stage and great music score

Don't see it if If you do not like musicals.

Also Great thing about this theater is you can see great from any seat. I w... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Masterful, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Familiar Pygmalion turned lyrical. Ambrose's voice is untested, but her charisma shines through. Great direction and use of cavernous LCT.

Don't see it if Truly modern 3-hr update of a classic that stays true to the original book and thoughtful hat-tip to the feminists in the house. Whew!

92
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you enjoy a musical with memorable melodies, lyrics and a wonderful story.Excellent cast and beautifully staged at Lincoln Center.

Don't see it if you do not like old fashioned musicals.Although this one stands up very well to the present with very strong characters and clever lyrics.

Also I would have given this show even a higher score but I was disappointe... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You love musicals performed to perfection. Stellar cast, costumes, choreography, timeless songs, high energy, Norbert Leo Butz as the father

Don't see it if You dislike old musicals and expect Evan Hansen. Are not a traditionalist.

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Mood enhanser

See it if you love grand & beautiful Bdwy musicals, staging, costumes & orchestrations. This is a wonderful revival with a few interesting changes.

Don't see it if you don't like smiling for 3 hours while mouthing the words to songs & admiring the talent. Cast is great though Ambrose not my favorite,

Also This is an uplifting musical with music that sticks to your ribs. Many... Read more Read less

85
A lovely, gorgeous production., Staging is artful and beautifully realized.

See it if Love the score & want 2 see a thoughtful production. Intriguing directorial choices & graceful staging/set changes. I was enchanted.

Don't see it if Higgins not a likable character & any portrayal of him can be grating. There are dated beliefs embedded in the story which may concern you.

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love great musicals

Don't see it if Your looking for something sad

85
Classic, Great staging, Dated

See it if you'll enjoy a faithful revival with few surprises, lovely staging and costumes, beautiful orchestrations, solid performances.

Don't see it if you're looking for innovation or have a problem with the inherent misogyny of the piece.

Also Lauren Ambrose's voice wasn't as strong as the rest of the leads, and ... Read more Read less

77
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Dated

See it if You enjoy My Fair Lady and want to see a very good version of it. Great singing, incredibly staging.

Don't see it if You don't like uneven acting or super high pitched voices. While over all a very fun evening out, some of the voices were exhausting.

100
Perfection, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if A wonderful update of a classic! Loved everything about it. Making Higgins and Eliza the same age was a bold stroke - one of many.

Don't see it if If you’re insistent on this show being done the way it always has been, you might not like it. Ambrose, while great, is no Julie Andrews.

Also Had to re-review this, because I just saw it again with the new cast, ... Read more Read less

96
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Uplifting, Must see

See it if overjoyed by revivals that get the hard stuff right. Keep what works, blow past the fallbacks that don’t, make the case for 1 of the greats.

Don't see it if you expect Pygmalion (hard-line social criticism). This is soft focus lens beautiful but as compelling & assured. Not fluff.

Also Gorgeous without being merely decorative. This cast! Ambrose, Haddon-P... Read more Read less

78
Loverly, Great staging, Slow, Dated

See it if you just want to see a good ol' fashioned revival of My Fair Lady.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see anything new or refreshing to revitalize a dated musical.

85
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy good musicals. Laura Benanti is wonderful.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or are too emotionally attached to the Rex Harrison/ Audrey Hepburn film version.

95
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Delightful

See it if WOW

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

98
Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Must see

See it if you love musical theater. This is a great revival of a great show. The music is lovely & the lyrics perfectly capture Shaw's writing.

Don't see it if you really don't care for musical theater, though this one might just change your mind.

Also This is the 2nd time I have seen this production. I saw the original c... Read more Read less


January 27th, 2019
“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...
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April 19th, 2018
"Sher is not an iconoclast or radical re-sculptor; instead, he acts as a restorer, leaving the shows on their pedestals but stripping off years of obscuration to reveal layers the works had possessed all along. So it is with the splendid new LCT revival...Sher is acutely alert to the shifts of ba...
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April 19th, 2018
"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 wit...
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April 19th, 2018
"Sumptuous staging from Bartlett Sher, a director who has proved to be among the very best at chiseling surprising nuance out of vintage musicals. So why is the stately revival also a slight disappointment?...It's a polished production with an accomplished — if not spectacular — cast. But it does...
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