This Lerner and Loewe 1957 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play ‘Pygmalion’ and is the basis for the 1964 Academy Award-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
Eliza Doolittle, a rough Cockney girl, meets Colonel Pickering and Henry Higgins in Covent Garden where she’s selling flowers. When Higgins remarks that he could help Eliza speak properly and raise her status in the community, Pickering challenges him to do so and Eliza takes him up on the offer. Though difficult and frustrating for both Eliza and Higgins at first, the lessons soon begin to work wonders, and produce results that neither predict.
The Cast List of Principal roles was as follows:
Eliza Doolittle Liza Woods
Professor Henry Higgins Roger Twyman
Colonel Pickering Iain Cannell
Freddy Eynsford-Hill Ashley Jones
Mrs Eynsford-Hill Shirley Drye
Alfred P. Doolittle Arthur Gamble
Mrs Pearce Anne Jones
Mrs Higgins Rebecca Smith
Professor Zoltan Karpathy Phil Townsend
Director Kathy Gregory
Musical Director Barry Pritchard
Repetiteur Elizabeth Cooper