Westchester Broadway Theatre Production of "My Fair Lady" Is Elegant...Rated Four Stars!!!!Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:00 am By: George J. Dacre Source: Rockland County Times
Tom Galantich (Henry Higgins) and Jennifer Babiak (Eliza)
Photo by John Vecchiolla
Before a packed Press Night house, Westchester Broadway Theater's 171st production "My Fair Lady" was well received. The performances of Jennifer Babiak as Eliza Doolittle and Tom Galantich as Professor Henry Higgins and a very talented supporting cast are just great and what can I say about the outstanding score, book and lyrics by Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, that hasn't been said and written before.And the costuming, taking the audience back in time as Jennifer and Tom enacted the story of the flower girl with the Cockney accent whom Professor Higgins takes on as a challenge over a bet with his friend, Colonel Pickering, who wagers Higgins cannot get to properly speak English.
Babiak lets you know very quickly she is suited to a T to the role of Eliza and Galantich, who could be a bit more British sounding, is masterful in the role of Higgins. The duo work very well together and MacCauley is just right as Colonel Pickering. Joseph Torello scores as Harry, a roustabout, who is destined to be married, and reluctantly sings the famed number "Get Me To The Church On Time" Joe Chisholm, who becomes enchanted with Eliza, comes on strong with "On The Street Where You Live", a number that almost didn't make it in the Broadway production of My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews due to poor out of town reviews, but was kept in and has become great musical history.
Add in all the great numbers from the score "Wouldn't It Be Loverly", "I'm An Ordinary Man," "With A Litle Bit Of Luck," "The Rain In Spain," "I Coud Have Danced All Night," "Ascot Gavotte," "Show Me," "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" and you have "My Fair Lady" all elegantly produced and just a fun show to review. I rate it Four Stars Out Of Four!!!!
Footlights: Westchester Broadway Theater is going all out with musicals in 2012 with nine lined up. "My Fair Lad" wiill come back after it runs up to the theater's Christmas show with a return in January and February of next year. Then comes Big River, Xanadu, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, George M, Rodgers and Hammerstein,s Cinderella, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Can Can and Fiddler On The Roof. Tickets at broadwaytheatre.com or 914-592-2268.