BY GEORGE, SINGAPORE'S GOT MY FAIR LADY!

I brought my mum last night to watch My Fair Lady and she was simply overjoyed!

Why? Well, when she was younger, she watched the movie adaption of My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn over and over again as its one of her favorites. Tonight however, she gets to see it LIVE on stage! She abso-bloomin'-lutely enjoyed the musical!! At the end of the musical we left humming to some of the tunes. 
 
My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw’s play and Pascal’s movie “Pygmalion”, with book music and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. My Fair Lady is about a professor of English who makes a bet that he can turn an ordinary street girl Doolittle with the manners of a cat into a woman of breeding. Needless to say, he wins the bet and at the end, in spite of a long and rocky road between beginning and end.
 
Aurora Florence plays Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl with a spitfire character and, thus, a fair match for the self-absorbed Professor Henry Higgins as portrayed by Chris Carsten. That combination breathes life into two of the theater’s most notable characters with mostly rousing results. You’re guaranteed to be humming one or more of the show’s classic melodies as you depart.

Be prepared to be mesmerized by Aurora’s powerful vocals as she sings in a clear, beautiful and soaring voice on standards such as "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?", "Just You Wait" and "I Could Have Danced All Night", capturing Eliza’s undying spirit and vulnerability with.  She’s equally impressive matching verbal jousts with the officious Higgins (Chris Carsten).
 

 
Chris Carsten plays the pompous and full of himself  Professor Henry Higgins with his domineering, browbeating ways. In the tradition of Rex Harrison, he half-sings, half-speaks Higgins’ tunes, from "The Rain in Spain" to the show’s hallmark closing number, "I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face". Much of the time he comes across more as shouting his lines than speaking them, and yet his portrayal can be very convincing.

Richard Springle and Kathleen Huber shine as the addle- minded Colonel Pickering and Higgins’ refined, decidedly delightful mother, who quickly sides with the frustrated Eliza rather than her overbearing son.
 
Michael Brian Dunn, brings his larger-than-life gusto to the role of Eliza’s slacker dustman father, Alfred P. Doolittle. His soaring vocals paired with a pair of spirited dancing feet for him to stand out with the perennially popular numbers, “With a Little Bit of Luck” and “Get Me to the Church on Time".
 
Daniel Cardenas, as affable lightweight Freddie Eynsford-Hill who’s smitten by Eliza, does a nice job warbling, “On the Street Where You Live”, and Jesse Graham is extremely convincing as Higgins’ long-suffering domestic, Mrs Pearce. And of course not forgetting the large supporting cast who brings both depth and polish to musical.

Costumes are designed by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case, range from the lavish, elegant attire of the upper-crust to the ragged clothes of Eliza’s street pals. The costumes are equally important as they inspire the attitude the cast should have for the character. My favourite? The iconic Ascot dress of course!



Ascot Dress
 
My fair lady is not just a delightful and classic musical with a witty script that leaves you in stitches, with catchy songs to go with it. It is a masterpiece-- the entire cast is American and they manage to convince us into believing their English with their best English accent! It is no wonder why it has been called the greatest musical of all time; you will never hear anything like it again!!
 
Now, don’t be lazy recite your vowels, "A-E-I-O-U" is often heard during the 3-hour long musical My Fair Lady.

My Fair Lady is proudly brought to you by Base Entertainment Asia and is currently showing at the MasterCard Theatres At Marina Bay Sands until 2 March 2014. For ticketing information please click HERE.
 




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