My Fair Lady Timeline

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

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


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