Eliza Doolittle, the much-loved Cockney flower girl from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical My Fair Lady, is singing her way across the boards at the Hobby Center today. Eliza’s tender story is based on Pygmalion, a play about class warfare by George Bernard Shaw. In My Fair Lady, the working-class girl gets taken in by the infamous Henry Higgins, a wealthy phoneticist who wagers that he can transform her into a lady by changing her speech.
All Eliza wants is to learn how to speak well enough to work in a nice flower shop. (Henry isn’t very interested in helping Eliza, he just wants to use her to prove his theories about language.) The two set to work pronouncing tongue twisters till Eliza finally learns to correctly pronounce “the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.” All their hard work is made compelling in part thanks to some of Broadway’s most unforgettable tunes, including “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “The Rain in Spain.”
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See My Fair Lady at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through November 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 27. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-861-7045 or visit www.masqueradetheatre.com. $31.25 to $51.25.
Fridays, Saturdays; Sun., Nov. 27. Starts: Nov. 18. Continues through Nov. 27, 2011