Celebrating my special 39th birthday today with two albums ~ a double feature of one of my FAV musicals.. pygmalion aka. MY FAIR LADY. My mom and I saw this live and on Tv several times when I was a kid. I’ve every song memorized. The first album is the Lerner & Loewe version ~ words & music from the broadway musical. It features the hollywood Sound Stage Orchestra. No date. Best research. And the second is Die Originalaufnahme der deutschen Erstauffuhrung. Say that ten times. So the Dutch version will be a rethrift and keepes for the Hollywood version, though neither are my favs.
My Fair Lady is a 1964 musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name, based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original stage play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Directed by George Cukor, the film depicts misogynistic and arrogant phonetics professor Henry Higgins as he wagers that he can take flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) and turn her Cockney accent into a proper English one, thereby making her presentable in high society. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.
In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures that came to life and was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw’s influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story in 1871, called Pygmalion and Galatea. Shaw also would have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed. Shaw’s play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and the film of that name.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT!
- STAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/18- MY FAIR LADY (broadwayworld.com)
- Two Nations Divided (heartofenglish.wordpress.com)