Did you know that in 1956 the musical My Fair Lady debuted on Broadway? The musical is based on the play Pygmalion, written by George Bernard Shaw. In turn, George Bernard Shaw’s play was inspired by the Greek myth of Pygmalion. The musical and play feature an arrogant professor of phonetics, or speech, that makes a wager that he can teach a poor, uneducated flower-seller to speak and act well enough to pass as a lady at a fancy and high-class party. The musical was tremendously popular and has been called “the perfect musical”.
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In the Greek myth, Pygmalion is a sculptor who falls in love with a sculpture of a woman he created. He makes offerings to Aphrodite, who takes pity on him and brings the statue to life.
The musical set a record for the longest run on Broadway, at that time. The following London production was also a hit as well as the popular film version.
The play by George Bernard Shaw premiered on October 16, 1913. It was one of his most popular plays. However, the ending of his original play was changed to a ‘happier’ ending of Higgins and Eliza getting married, to please audiences. Shaw was not pleased and wrote an essay, “What Happened Afterwards” to explain how that ‘happy ending’ could have never come to pass.