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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pygmalion to My Fair Lady.

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 11:45:00 am Comments (0)
George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the Ovid tale of a sculptor who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw’s feminist views. In Shaw’s hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his ‘creation’ has a mind of her own. Pygmalion nevertheless probes important questions about social class, human behavior, and relations between the sexes.
 
It opened at His Majesty’s Theatre on April 11, 1914, it enjoyed success, firmly establishing Shaw’s reputation as a popular playwright.
The popularity of the play caused its leap from stage to screen. Shaw was always reluctant to have his plays filmed because he would not tolerate any tampering with his dialogue, but he was persuaded by Gabriel Pascal to allow a film version of Pygmalion. Writing the screenplay for the film version of 1938 helped Shaw to become the first and only man ever to win both the Nobel Prize for literature and an Academy Award.
However, concessions were extracted from Shaw by the film’s producers, who changed the ending and watered down some of the supporting characters. Before the film came out, Shaw in fact wrote a ‘sequel’ to his first publication of the play. This was to solidify his ending and rebut any possible public demand for a more conventionally romantic ending.
 
In 1952 film producer Gabriel Pascal approached lyricist Alan Jay Lerner with the idea that Shaw’s play be converted into a musical. Lerner and composer Fritz Loewe worked on the project and My Fair Lady began to take a promising shape. Lerner and Loewe’s adaptation was uncommonly faithful to its source and retained much of Shaw’s original dialogue. However, the ending of the play was something that Lerner and Shaw disagreed on. Pygmalion has an ambiguous ending – Higgins’ last line is "Nonsense – she’s going to marry Freddy. Ha ha ha!….". In publication, Shaw added a prose epilogue in which he explains that Eliza did indeed marry Freddy. As a response to this, Lerner included the following note in the libretto of My Fair Lady:
"I have omitted the sequel because in it Shaw explains how Eliza ends not with Higgins but with Freddy and – Shaw and Heaven forgive me! – I am not certain he is right."
Instead Lerner penned what is possibly the most memorable closing line in the whole of musical theatre:
"Eliza? Where the devil are my slippers?"
 
On 13th June, 1961, My Fair Lady became the longest-running production in Broadway history, outdistancing the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical play, Oklahoma! By that time it had been seen by over three million patrons, and had earned almost forty million dollars. The national tour began on March 18th, 1957 and ran for several years, and broke box-office records in city after city.

My Fair Lady Timeline

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

My Fair Lady returns for an extended run now through  January 29th! Here is The genesis and the evolution to the Musical which is "My Fair Lady"                                  

43 BC – 17 AD – The Roman poet Ovid first wrote down the Greek myth of Pygmalion, about a misogynist who creates a statue of the perfect woman.
1912 – George Bernard Shaw wrote his Pygmalion.
1914 - The first English language production of Pygmalion. It starred Mrs. Campbell and was directed by Shaw. It was a huge success and established Shaw as a commercially successful playwright.
1938 – The film version of Pygmalion written by Shaw. The film was hugely successful and nominated for an Academy Award.
1952 - Lerner and Loewe are approached by Gabriel Pascal to adapt Pygmalion.
1956 – My Fair Lady by Lerner and Loewe opened on Broadway and starred Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison.
1964 – The film version of My Fair Lady debuts, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. It won eight Oscars including the Academy Award for Best Picture.
1987 – Pygmalion is revived on Broadway. This production starred Peter O’Toole as Henry Higgins and Amanda Plummer as Eliza Doolittle.
1993 - The third revival of My Fair Lady opens on Broadway. This time Richard Chamberlain takes the role of Henry Higgins
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Glad to have you home, MSG. Ernesto Arguelles

Posted by: wbtpress on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 5:14:04 pm Comments (0)

At this Joyous Holiday Time... Welcome Home to those valiant Servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for all of us...  We honor and give thanks to them as they continue to Boldly protect and defend our country. Meet some who came to visit us for "Home For The Holidays!"

I grew up in the Borough of Queens in NYC. I joined the USAF in september of 1983
-Desert Storm/Desert Shield
-OIF : activated to European bases:Spain, Italy and Germany to stage from
-OIF: USA-Andrews AFB for 1year tour
-OEF:Afghanistan( 2 tours)
 
My job as an Aeromedical Evacuation Technician with the USAF Reserves was to be part of an Aeromedical Crew was to evacuate, care for our wounded/ill servicemembers and Nato troops and even our captured injured enemies via a USAF planes. Job was to evacuate them to a forward combat hospital bases or to a definitive higher echelon definitive hospital in Germany or the USA military medical centers.

I missed my two dogs, seeing greenery, driving my car and freedom to go out to do things instead of being locked in a base. I missed spending The Holidays with my family. I missed this holiday season for two consecutive tours in Afghanistan

Our comrades were a small unit, we spent the holiday with our own small gathering and we received care packages that included Christmas trees and lights, ornaments and we played holiday music and shared stories.

 

Welcome Home Sean Scott!

Posted by: wbtpress on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 4:37:42 pm Comments (0)
At this Joyous Holiday Time... Welcome Home to those valiant Servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for all of us...  We honor and give thanks to them as they continue to Boldly protect and defend our country. Meet some who came to visit us for "Home For The Holidays!" I have been in the Army for 10 years. I Enlisted when i was 17 in 2001. During my years in the military i have been deployed twice. Once to Iraq and another time to Afghanistan. And have been training for a up coming deployment. I have been married for 2 years, and my wife and I are expecting very soon.   Something I missed being away from home is fishing and hunting season. My favorite christmas tradition is cutting down the christmas tree. Overseas, We tried to have fun on Holidays, While in Iraq, I dressed up like Santa to keep the morale up for the guys.