My Fair Lady
This sensationally successful musical, created by Lerner and Loewe from Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” offers a vivid glimpse of London society in 1912. With its literate script and sumptuous score, My Fair Lady has stood the test handsomely, and offers wonderful challenges for its cast, crew, and creative team. The very faithful 1964 film version offers an accurate glimpse of the show’s original concept and design, and central story of Eliza Doolittle, a bright and ambitious Cockney girl, studying elocution with brilliant but emotionally stunted Professor Henry Higgins, remains compelling, allowing for an evening of raucous good humor and sophisticated beauty.
Expectations for impressive costumes run high for audiences seeing My Fair Lady, and this sumptuous costume collection does not disappoint. Initially assembled in 1995, then augmented and refurbished in 2008, designers Cathleen Edwards and Debbie Roberts have provided a rich tapestry of 1912 fashions for all the various spectrums of society, from elegant society to Cockney street vendors, with the black, grey and white costumes of Ascot providing the expected distinctive look, and with ballgowns and formal wear bringing class and specificity to the scene at the Embassy ball. The multiple costumes for Eliza and Higgins chart their journey very effectively.
Supported cast: 7-principals / 16+female / 16+male
Principal size range: Female-4 to 20 / male-40 to 48
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