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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1957!
In 1957, My Fair Lady won the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical. Opening on March 15, 1956, at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York, the show would run for an astounding 2,717 performances.

A movie of the same name was released in 1964 and became an instant hit.

With endless revivals and high school and college productions, My Fair Lady continues to delight audiences worldwide.

My Fair Lady - original cast album
The Story:

    Based on the 1914 comedy Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, the show follows the life of Henry Higgins, a professor of languages, and a visiting professor, Colonel Pickering, as Higgins accepts a wager that he cannot take a commoner and turn her into a society girl.

The Music and Lyrics:

    Music and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe

The Producers:

    Herman Levin

The Directors:

    Moss Hart

The Choreographers:

    Hanya Holm

The Opening:

    March 15, 1956, at the Mark Hellinger Theatre

The Cast:

  • Rex Harrison
  • Julie Andrews
  • Stanley Holloway
  • Cathleen Nesbitt
  • Robert Coote
  • John Michael King
  • Christopher Hewitt
  • Reid Shelton

The Songs:

  • Why Can't the English
  • Wouldn't It Be Loverly
  • Elizabeth's Entrance
  • With a Little Bit of Luck
  • I'm an Ordinary Man
  • Just You Wait
  • The Rain in Spain
  • I Could Have Danced All Night
  • Ascot Gavotte
  • On the Street Where You Live
  • You Did It
  • Show Me
  • Get Me to the Church on Time
  • A Hymn to Him
  • Without You
  • Servant Song
  • I've Grown Accustomed to her Face
  • Come to the Ball
  • The Embassy Waltz
  • Just You Wait (reprise)

The Other Awards:

  • Tony awards for:
    • Best musical
    • Best leading actor in a musical - Rex Harrison
    • Best director - Moss Hart
    • Best author of a musical - Alan Jay Lerner
    • Best producer - Herman Levin
    • Best composer - Frederick Lowe
    • Best conductor and musical director - Franz Allers
    • Best set design - Oliver Smith
    • Best costume design - Cecil Beaton
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