Theatre ReviewsTom Williams

My Fair Lady

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play PygmalionMy Fair Lady at Marriott theatre

Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Music by Frederick Loewe

Directed by Dominic Missimi

Music Direction by Michael Mahler

At Marriott Theatre

Marvelous performances give My Fair Lady an enduring life

Kevin Gudahl, one of the finest classical actors working in Chicago, revisits Professor Henry Higgins  from his log running Court Theatre of a few years ago in a most enduring performance now playing at Marriott Theatre.  Gudahl strongly plays the strong-willed bachelor with a cutting edge. His equal is Heidi Kettenring’s Eliza Doolittle, the feisty ignorant flower girl and student of the Professor.  Add David Lively’s classy Colonel Pickering with Don Forston’s lovable middle class moralist, Alfie, and director Dominic Missimi’s workable production becomes a most entertaining affair. The glitz and glamor of London in 1912  is presented in the marvelous outfits (costume design by Nancy  Missimi) in several scenes.

My Fair Lady at Marriott theatre

My Fair Lady is a witty, stinging social commentary on Edwardian British morality wherein the upper-class speech Professor Higgins boasts he can turn an uneducated low-class flower girl into a princess at the embassy ball. With one of the smartest books with brilliant lyrics (by Alan Jay Lerner) on one of the finest, lush musical scores by Frederick Loewe, My Fair lady is one of the gems of the Broadway stage. (It is my all-time favorite musical.)


“I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street where You Live” and “The Rain in Spain’ together with the fun marches “With a Little Bit of Luck” and “Get me to the Church on Time” and the sweet “Wouldn’t It be Loverly,” My Fair Lady is a memorable show etched into the fabric of musical theatre. The highlights of this fine production  come from the strong work by Kevin Gudahl as the arrogant Higgins. David Lively and Heidi Kettenring along with Don Forston’s Alfie all performed with deft aplomb.

My Fair Lady at Marriott theatre

Marriott Theatre offers a lush, well-sung production that contains enough edge and sweetness to win us once again to the world of high English society. This production is worth seeing.


Tom Williams

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My Fair Lady will continue through February 14, 2010 ( Valentine’s Day) at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.  Performances are Wednesday at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Holiday schedules differ so check out or call the box office for the special schedule.  Tickets are $45 and there are student and senior discounts available, but not on Friday and Saturday nights.  Dinner packages are available, so call the box office at 847-634-0200 or visit

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