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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Friday To-Do: "My Fair Lady"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

My Fair Lady opens at The Weekend Theater Friday.
  • Byron Taylor
  • "My Fair Lady" opens at The Weekend Theater Friday.


'MY FAIR LADY'
7:30 p.m. Weekend Theater. $16-$20.

It's hard to imagine now, but back in the '50s, when Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe sat down at the piano to create a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion," their task was seen by many to be an impossible goal.

That opinion was shared by no less than Rodgers and Hammerstein, who'd already attempted it and given up. But Lerner and Loewe managed to find the music in a play that didn't fill the traditional requirements for a musical, writing timeless numbers such as "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly." They had an enormous hit in 1956 with "My Fair Lady," helping make Julie Andrews a star along the way.

The Weekend Theater's production of the musical runs through Aug. 13, with 7:30 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 matinees on Sundays.

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