This Day in History March 15

My Fair Lady Premieres on Broadway

My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway March 15, 1956, at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. The production earned Rex Harrison a Tony Award and Julie Andrews a nomination. Harrison reprised his performance in the 1964 film adaptation opposite Audrey Hepburn. It was last revived in 1993 with Richard Chamberlain and Melissa Errico.

Featuring a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and a score by Frederick Loewe, the 1956 musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion tells the story of linguistics expert Henry Higgins and the cockney flower girl he is determined to transform into a proper, dignified woman. The score includes such well-known showtunes as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”

The show returns to Broadway this season in a Bartlett Sher-helmed revival that will officially open April 19 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Lauren Ambrose will star as Eliza Doolittle alongside Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins.

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