My Fair Lady
through September 3, 2017
This is one you’ll want to see . . it is certainly a Theatre Classic. As previously seen a couple of years ago, the work is done with two piano players onstage, providing the score, rather than an orchestra in the pit. But the onstage music and the quickly changed props on the otherwise somewhat stark set works quite well as Prof. Henry Higgins’ residence on Wimpole Street.
You know the story. Higgins (Mark Bradley Miller) runs into a Cockney flower girl who has a real East End accent. That’s Eliza Doolittle, played so well by Galen Crawley, who has everything it takes to be center stage at any time. Higgins is kind of into himself in many ways; but he gets into a bet with a chap, Col. Pickering (Rob Roper) and takes this lass, to turn her into a proper sounding lady.
There are some bumps along the way, such as when he brings her to the Ascot Derby Race, and when she gets involved with Freddy Hill (Chris Saltalmacchio). And, don’t forget that chap who was getting married, her dad, Alfie Doolittle, played by George Devours. The cast is rounded out with all first class players who perform spot-on under the direction of Scott Seidl.
But, the bottom line is that what a musical is all about is the music. And while few of us recall the entire play list from My Fair Lady, we will want to sing along on some of them, such as I Could Have Danced All Night, and we could just see Eliza thinking Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, getting away from the cold night air and thinking where the rain in Spain may stay.
Yes, . . . this one has been around for quite a while. But, it is sooooo much better that anything on the idiot box. A comfortable theatre with free parking, good sound systems, totally professional in every way. So, check them out at AtlantaLyric.com
I am serious. It’s a fine evening (or matinee) and I’m not a Little Critter, as Alfie woulda said . . .