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My Fair Lady

NOV 2, 2012 – JAN 6, 2013

based on Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw

book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
music by Frederick Loewe
directed by Molly Smith
choreographed by Daniel Pelzig

on the Fichandler Stage

Gold Standard American Musical


Just as Molly Smith’s record-breaking production of Oklahoma! was enthralling audiences at Arena, her fresh reinterpretation of My Fair Lady set the all-time box office record at the prestigious Shaw Festival in Canada. And now Molly is reassembling her creative team to bring this breathtaking musical to Arena Stage. When Professor Henry Higgins wagers he can transform a Cockney flower girl into an aristocratic lady, he never guesses that Eliza Doolittle will in turn transform him. Lerner and Loewe’s sparkling score includes such enduring favorites as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Based on Shaw’s most incisive social satire, My Fair Lady is a joyful, crowd-pleasing celebration for the entire family.

My Fair Lady runs approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes, including one intermission.
WARNING: This production features atmospheric effects.

My Fair Lady is sponsored by Edward and his “Fair Lady” Karen Burka

The 2012/13 Fichandler Stage season is sponsored by Dr. Jaylee Montague Mead

American Voices

Molly Smith

“How could I refuse the serious call of this musical?

Our story is about the transformation of a human being through language, manners, mind, heart and dress; both Eliza Doolitte and Henry Higgins are transformed. It is the story of emancipation – not just about Eliza but also Higgins as he discovers his own humanity. Lerner and Loewe succeeded in maintaining the exquisite language, story and characters from  Shaw's brilliant Pygmalion in creating this dynamic  musical. 

The other story is about the class and the rigid social structures which confine us.  In a world increasingly blown apart by the dynamics of the very rich and the very poor, this musical hits the sweet spot of our contemporary awareness of class. It asks the question: How does language define us? How do we judge others through their language, manners and dress? How does our own class, whether lower, middle, or upper, confine and define us?”

— Molly Smith, director/artistic director

“Highly polished, intelligent.”
“Extraordinarily clever, insightful, touching.”
[Manna] “Nichols is enchanting.”
“Catherine Flye is delightful.”Washington Examiner

“Vibrant and colorful.”
“Manna Nichols is a lovely and lovable Eliza.”Talkin' Broadway

“Stylish, oozing ingenuity from every pore.”
[Manna Nichols] “has a clear and strong soprano voice
that was made for singing Eliza’s songs.”
“Benedict Campbell opens new frontiers as Professor Henry Higgins.”
[Nicholas Rodriguez's] “voice never sounded better.”DC Theatre Scene

“Benedict Campbell is splendid as Professor Henry Higgins.”
“Catherine Flye is hilarious!”Maryland Theatre Guide

“A piece of great entertainment.”
“Eliza Doolittle, played with skill and charisma by Manna Nichols.”
“Benedict Campbell as Higgins was domineering and hysterical,
with a fantastic sense of comedic timing.”Showbiz Radio

Director Molly Smith “once again delivers us
a great modern take on a classic musical.”
“A genuine crowd pleaser.”
“Perfect for the holiday season.”Woman Around Town

5 stars

“Joyful, colorful, funny, brilliantly acted and beautifully sung.”
“A feast for musical theatre lovers.”

Benedict Campbell is “a great actor and a wonderful singer.”
a very funny and endearing Thomas Adrian Simpson
“Manna [Nichols] is a star and this performance will help her career glow brighter.”
“Catherine Flye’s Mrs. Higgins? It’s another fine, classy, tough,
and funny performance by a great actress.”DC Metro Theater Arts