My Fair Lady is an unforgettable theatre experience, transporting audiences back in time to an astonishingly real Edwardian London populated by a host of colourful characters. The themes of this spectacular musical are enduring and quintessentially English, and are as relevant today as they have always been. My Fair Lady is also a celebration of the power of music to tell stories, illuminate characters and beguile the audience.
Musical theatre provides a wonderful opportunity to study the interplay of lyrics, music and narrative in creating in-depth characters in a dramatic piece of work. And what better musical to turn to than My Fair Lady, rooted as it is in both a dramatic masterpiece and a great musical theatre tradition. Lerner and Loewe's creation, based on Bernard Shaw's 1912 play Pygmalion, is as much a classic play as a classic musical. A profusion of musical styles, characters, drama and comedy, My Fair Lady connects with audiences in the 21st century just as powerfully as it did in the mid-20th century.
The enduring character of Eliza Doolittle, Cockney flower girl turned high society debutante, serves as the pivotal role in a musical which seeks to examine class distinctions, society's prejudices, the gender divide, identity and transformation. Classic musical numbers 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly?', 'The Rain In Spain', and 'A Hymn To Him' evoke and bring to life these essential themes and the musical's diverse and absorbing characters.
This wonderful show teamed with this exciting new resource will bring My Fair Lady alive for your students, guiding them towards an understanding of the power of song and music and its ability to highlight and contribute towards the drama of a play. With the use of inspiring and creative materials, it will provide students with opportunities for imaginative and empathetic writing, drama, character analysis and criticism and debate.