By Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media
You can take the girl out of the streets but you can’t take the streets out of the girl. Or can you? That was my lead for my review of Pretty Woman earlier this year and it certainly applies to the touring Broadway production of My Fair Lady currently playing the Buell Theatre at the DCPA through November 27th.
My Fair Lady was the impetus for that movie and other productions that have followed the same formula of taking a young woman off the streets and changing her into something more suitable to high society, all be it according to what someone else deems acceptable behaviour.
The play takes place in a bygone Britain era filled with top hats, period lamp-posts and oak-panelled rooms. With classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” I actually heard several people in the audience singing that song during intermission, and “The Rain in Spain,” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, an arrogant egotistic linguistics professor, who on a bet is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really changing who?
Elegant and gorgeous were some of the comments theatre goers were heard making as they left production programs in hand and feeling well satisfied from a night of quality entertainment.
Yes while several other producers have followed this proven formula of making a lowly girl sophisticated, My Fair Lady is indeed the fairest of them all.
My Fair Lady plays the Buell Theatre through November 27th.
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