With a little bit of luck, legendary record producer Clive Davis hopes to bring Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's My Fair Lady back to the Great White Way. According to the Los Angeles Times, Davis is in the process of finalizing plans to mount the revival sometime next year with "two magnificent performers" and a "wonderful director."
"I always wanted to produce a Broadway show, and I’ve never done it," Davis told the Times. "I really want to make sure that the greatest musical of all time — which to me is My Fair Lady — can show once again why a classic can be as meaningful half a century later as it was when it originally opened. I look forward to that."
My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and features a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well-born lady.
The orginal Broadway production of My Fair Lady opened on March 15, 1956, at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Directed by Moss Hart, the original cast featured Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews and Stanley Holloway. The musical won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor for Harrison. The show has since been revived on Broadway three times, most recently in 1991.