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My Fair Lady - Theatre Review

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by Cate Altamura (subscribe)
Ever since I was 7-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a writer and made my own Mr Men books. Today, I am a freelance writer and have the privilege to review bands, theatre and comedy across Melbourne, not to mention interview some incredible artists.
60th Anniversary of My Fair Lady
Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady has arrived in Melbourne for its 60th Anniversary at the ethereal Regent Theatre in Melbourne. The witty musical first premiered in Melbourne on 24th January 1959 at Her Majesty Theatre and has continued to be reprised around the world.

My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play, Pygmalion and is directed by Dame Julie Andrews who performed the role of Eliza Doolittle in the original production.

Leading the spectacular cast is Charles Edwards, as Professor Higgins and Anna O'Brien as Eliza Doolittle. When Professor Higgins, a phonetics professor, meets Eliza, a young Cockney flower seller, he endeavours to cultivate her to introduce her into society. Their disparate social classes cause great friction yet help to explore deep human emotions.

My Fair Lady, The Regent, Julie Andrews
Eliza Doolittle and Professor Higgins

Special mention goes out to highly talented principal performers Reg Livermore, who was endearing as Alfred P. Doolittle, and Mark Vincent who performed as Freddy Eynsford-Hill.

Although nostalgic at times, the production lacked sentiment. In saying that, this could be partially due to the fact that my seats were far from the stage, therefore making it difficult to engage with the characters. Not only this, the first few scenes were extremely drab and overall the show dragged on a little too long.

Highlights of the night were the witty one-liners peppered throughout the show and the sensational costumes and set design. The ensemble added lustre to the stage and helped to round out the production.

Beautiful performances by all but it was a little too long which took away some of the shine.
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Why? 60th anniversary production
When: Now
Where: Regent Theatre
Cost: From $81.26
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