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Beloved musical 'My Fair Lady' comes to WMU

by Tonya Durlach

Oct. 5, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of My Fair Lady.
"My Fair Lady" at Miller Auditorium Oct. 18-19
KALAMAZOO--The beloved Broadway classic "My Fair Lady," said by critics to be the standard by which all other musicals are judged, will visit Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18-19. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Based on George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play "Pygmalion," "My Fair Lady," will transform Miller Auditorium into Edwardian London in one of the most beautiful stories ever told about language and clash of cultures. The musical follows the relationship between Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, and the snobbish and misogynistic Professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, who wagers that he can turn Eliza into a "proper lady" in three months' time.

When "My Fair Lady" first opened on Broadway in 1956, starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, critics described it as "legendary" and "one of the greatest musicals of the century." The musical upon which the classic 1964 Audrey Hepburn movie was based went on to win six Tony Awards, and in 1961 became the longest-running production in Broadway history at that time.

"My Fair Lady" features book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, and includes the classic songs "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "Get Me To The Church On Time." The 2011-2012 national tour of "My Fair Lady" features Aurora Florence as Eliza Doolittle, Chris Carsten as Henry Higgins, Joyce Bohus as Mrs. Higgins, Daniel Cardenes as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Richard Springle as Colonel Pickering, and Arthur Wise as Alfred P. Doolittle.

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"My Fair Lady" at Miller Auditorium is part of the PNC Broadway in West Michigan Series. Tickets are on sale now and range from $25 to $55. They can be purchased online at, by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, or in person at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

A 15 percent discount is available to all WMU faculty and staff, and a 50 percent discount is available to WMU students. Discounted tickets must be purchased by phone or in person, and a valid Bronco Card is required at the time of pickup. Group discounts are available at (269) 387-2312.

For more information, contact Bethany Gauthier at or (269) 387-2245.