Daddycatcher’s MUSICAL MONDAY: Julie Andrews in MY FAIR LADY

The countdown continues as Daddycatcher unveils his top 10 favorite musicals.  At number 8 is the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe masterpiece, My Fair Lady.

This 1956 musical, based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, took Broadway by storm and made a star out of its leading lady, Julie Andrews in the role of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle.  When the stylish and incredibly faithful film was produced, Andrews was passed over in favor of Audrey Hepburn.  Andrews then opted for the lead in a new Disney film called Mary Poppins.  At the Oscars, My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins went head to head.  My Fair Lady pulled a Best Picture win but Andrews was awarded the Best Actress statuette for her work in Mary Poppins.

However, Andrews remains the definitive Eliza Doolittle.

Incidentally, Daddycatcher has never seen a professional production of My Fair Lady.  However, he did see a summer stock production of the show last summer in Cape Cod starring the one and only Kelly Strandemo of 30/2010 fame.

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