My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady. The original Broadway, London and film versions all starred Rex Harrison.

The musical’s 1956 Broadway production was a momentous hit, setting a record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals. It has been called “the perfect musical.”

“The dancing, choreographed by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, was especially graceful, and the dancing of Kato Lindholm and Alex Tecza was a brilliant highlight.” John Frayne

We were invited to train the actors and singers of the cast of “My Fair Lady” and perform ourselves in this fantastic U of I’s Opera Dept. production by Becky Nettl-Fiol who choreographed the show. We are always excited to work with students who bring a lot of energy to each production. For us, dancing to live orchestra on stage, is a fantastic experience. Coming back to Tryon Festival Theatre after over 20 years was a walk down a memory lane (Alex performed as Dream Curly in the production of “Oklahoma” on that stage in 1992)

Read John Frayne’s review in the The News Gazette, 3/14/13