My Fair Lady

Original Broadway Production (1956)

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Cast Highlights

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Eliza Doolittle
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Freddy Eynsford-Hill
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Colonel Pickering
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Henry Higgins
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Harry
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Jamie
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Alfred P. Doolittle
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Mrs. Pearce
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Mrs. Higgins
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Zoltan Karpathy

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Musical Numbers


Act One

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  • [Overture .... Orchestra]*
  • Street Entertainers .... The 3 Buskers
  • Why Can't the English? .... Higgins
  • Wouldn't It Be Loverly .... Eliza and Cockneys
  • With a Little Bit of Luck .... Doolittle, Harry and Jamie
  • I'm an Ordinary Man .... Higgins
  • With a Little Bit of Luck (reprise) .... Doolittle and Ensemble
  • Just You Wait .... Eliza
  • The Rain in Spain .... Higgins, Eliza and Pickering
  • I Could Have Danced All Night .... Eliza, Mrs. Pearce and Maids
  • Ascot Gavotte .... Full Ensemble
  • On the Street Where You Live .... Freddy
  • The Embassy Waltz .... Higgins, Eliza, Karpathy and Full Ensemble

Act Two

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  • [Entr'acte .... Orchestra]*
  • You Did It .... Higgins, Pickering, Mrs. Pearce and The Servants
  • Just You Wait (reprise) .... Eliza
  • On the Street Where You Live (reprise) .... Freddy
  • Show Me .... Eliza and Freddy
  • Wouldn't It Be Loverly (reprise) .... Eliza and Cockneys
  • Get Me to the Church on Time .... Doolittle, Harry, Jamie and Ensemble
  • A Hymn to Him .... Higgins
  • Without You .... Eliza and Higgins
  • I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face .... Higgins

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Trivia & History

On April 17, 1956, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award unanimously chose My Fair Lady as the best musical of the 1955-1956 season. Such a unanimous vote by the group is an unusual occurrence; in fact, this may be the only time it has occurred in the organization's history. An important thing to remember, however, is that the competition was relatively weak that year. Other eligible musicals included Damn Yankees (which had opened too late during the 1954-1955 season to be eligible for that year's award) and Pipe Dream. The Most Happy Fella, which might have taken a few votes away from My Fair Lady did not open until May 3, 1956, too late for the 1955-1956 award. It would go on to win the 1956-1957 Best Musical award from the group.

The eligibility period for the 1956 Tony Awards ran from March 1, 1955, to February 29, 1956, so My Fair Lady was not eligible for the Tonys until the following year, at which time its competition included The Most Happy Fella, Candide, Bells Are Ringing and Li'l Abner. My Fair Lady received nominations in the following categories:

  • Musical. The other nominees were Bells Are Ringing, Candide and The Most Happy Fella.
  • Male Musical Star (Rex Harrison).
  • Female Musical Star (Julie Andrews).
  • Musical Featured or Supporting Actor (both Robert Coote and Stanley Holloway were nominated).
  • Director (Moss Hart). At the time, there was only one award for directors; the category covered both plays and musicals.
  • Scenic Designer (Oliver Smith)
  • Costume Designer (Cecil Beaton)
  • Choreographer (Hanya Holm).
  • Musical Director (Musical Director).

In addition to the Tony for Musical, Tonys were also won by Harrison, Hart, Smith, Beaton and Allers. There were no awards that season for Score and Book. The authors shared in the award for Musical.

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