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My Fair Lady Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 52

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4.0 star rating Mary Harper from Denver, Colorado

LITTLE OLD, LITTLE NEW

This musical play had the feel of being an "old girl", but still viable, with beautiful and exquisite singing and acting. The Get Me to the Church was ridiculous IMHO. The spoken word was hard to hear-even proper voices, rather muddled. Character of Freddy was not developed. I kept thinking of an older lead, for some reason. The reason Liza left was because she saw her future with HH and figured he would not be good husband material, too controlling, fussy, and egocentricity would not abate. Liza was the "Little New" in this play. AllI could think was "Run Liza!" and she did!

4.0 star rating Kay Woo from Fort Worth, Texas

GREAT SHOW WITH A FEW FLAWS

One can hardly go wrong with a classic like My Fair Lady. The sets and costumes were beautiful. The voices, stunning. However, it was hard to understand much of the first act. The sound system seemed off, not equalized properly and Eliza's accent was so over pronounced that I understood almost none of her lines. The song, Get Me to the Church On Time seemed to serve the taste of the Director without considering the expectation of the audience. Families were in the audience, as would be expected. I would have been horrified if I had brought a young child. It was an enjoyable evening, however, not without some flaws.

3.0 star rating Amy A. from Washington, District of Columbia

FUN, BUT UNDERWHELMING

This would be tough for any singer to play, after the iconic Audrey Hepburn and Julie Andrews as Eliza and Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins. The two leads did a fair job, but the passion (and often the volume) was lacking. Eliza had a pretty singing voice, but she was often just too angry for me. Higgins should have been far more explosive in his two great songs ("Why Can't a Woman" and "I'm an Ordinary Man"). I had trouble understanding the dialogue. And what's with the weird scene in "Get Me to the Church on Time" with the drag queens simulating sex? An unnecessary addition to an otherwise fun scene. And the ending? Just confusing.

3.0 star rating Michael B from Los Angeles, California

A FAIR PRODUCTION OF MY FAIR LADY

Agree with the rest of the reviews about Get Me To The Church. Had the rest of the production been avant-garde I could understand such an odd choice. But why go Warhol with one number? Eliza was very good and cast was fine but can’t understand why you would have Higgins played like Macbeth. Very Shakespearean, not natural. Felt no connection to the character. No wonder Eliza left him at the end.

3.0 star rating Alex Martel from Los Angeles, California

GOOD-ISH... BUT NOT GREAT...

The production was ok in a general sense, but it wasn’t outstanding. There were no sour notes and yet no soaring moments that a legendary show deserves. The best thing I can say about this production is that the set was amazing. It was inventive and flexible and memorable in a way that moved the story forward. I wish that I could say the same for the cast. Laird Mackintosh (Professor Higgins) was too young and too brittle for the role. He came off as mean and unreal in a fake way, not funny and self-absorbed and NOT underneath-it-all lovable as the character requires. Shereen Ahmed (Eliza) was slightly better. She has a great voice, but her cockney accent was awful. The directing was uninspired and flaccid. The choreography was flat. And the entire production was bathed in a mist that I suppose was intended to mimic London fog. But the mist ran through the ENTIRE PRODUCTION even during the interior scenes. Why? It was obvious that the production was funded well, great set and costumes, but the casting was weak, and everything else about the show (except the vocal power) put it in the category of dinner theater. Yes, the show is ok, but if you knew what it could have been, then this production is a profound disappointment.

3.0 star rating Kim Ryan from San Francisco, California

A DISAPPOINTMENT

As much as this remake was meant to lift up women the subtext was contradictory. If this is the point, why have the sordid “Get me to the church” scene - that was by far the scene with the most rollicking energy - depicting unabashed drunken sex with women/men/other The scene was lurid, and didn’t fit the tenor of the rest of the musical. The characters were too angry most of the time for me to be able to connect with and care about. The ambiguous ending was frustrating and again the subtext contradictory. If it is saying that Eliza can stand on her own two feet without Henry Higgins in her life okay, but she has been created by him and leaves without an identity of her own in the clothes he has provided her. I found the remake self consciously politically correct - like the suffragette signs suddenly appearing in your face - lacking the subtlety and innuendo that makes one think deeply about social change, meaning and purpose. Do not bring kids.

3.0 star rating Cecilia G. Delemos from San Diego, California

SDCC: YOU MUST RE-CLASSIFY THIS BROADWAY MUSICAL!! THIS IS NOT A G-RATED FAMILY PLAY.

Music, scenario settings, stage lighting: BRILLIANT! Singing voices: ELIZA's role was splendid, although at a times I could not fully understand some words she said/sang. About coreography: Perhaps the intention of the producer was to adapt the reality of a classical story our times. However, I did not expect to see men dressed as women or vice versa. From my perspective, you don't re-write a classic. You may adapt it but you must honor the author's story. The drag queens in the second act of the song/scene "Get me to the Church on Time", the sexual acts of laying on each other and spreading legs, pushing and dancing IS NOT WHAT I CAME TO SEE! Very poor taste, which is why I give this musical 3 stars. It could have been 5 stars.

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