Almost everyone has heard of My Fair Lady. The musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion about a young girl who is taken under the wing of a speech pathologist. From two different social classes we follow the story of Eliza Doolittle as she goes from low class to high society.
Henry Higgins is a scholar in phonetics. One day while out in London he runs into Eliza Doolittle, a flower seller with a strong cockney accent. Eliza has the dream of working in a flower shop one day. However, her actions prevent her from doing so. Eliza is a girl with little education and from a poor background. So, when Henry Higgins offers to help Eliza improve her life style by helping her talk she readily agrees. Yet, Henry Higgins is in for the work of his life as Eliza is not accustom to the ways of the high class. From makeovers to singing, Henry Higgins finds himself falling in love with his protégée. However, Eliza starts to believe that she is nothing more than an experiment to him. Although, this was true to begin with, Henry had made a turn around after watching he dance at a ball. Eliza finds herself torn between two worlds. The one where she is from and the one that Henry has introduced her to. She finds herself seeking advice from many people around her, include Henry’s mother who is taken a back by her sons behavior towards Eliza. The final choice is in Eliza’s hands with a decision that is not answered in the end.
My Fair Lady premiered as a musical in on March 15, 1956. Staying true to the original script by George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion the ending is a bit of a disappointment to many because we don’t know what/who Eliza chooses. According to George Bernard Shaw, she chooses to leave Higgins to have a life of her own. However, this idea did not go over well with producers and actors. In 1964, My Fair Lady premiered in theaters starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison in a well known film that is known by many today.