History Theatre / MyFairLady

11th Mar '16 4:59:55 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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'''''My Fair Lady''''' started life as a stage {{musical}} by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, based on Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw's ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'', and starring Creator/JulieAndrews and Creator/RexHarrison. It was a smash hit when it opened in 1956, and set new records for the longest run in Broadway musical history (a title now held by ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', which is still running).

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'''''My ''My Fair Lady''''' Lady'' started life as a stage {{musical}} by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, based on Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw's ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'', and starring Creator/JulieAndrews and Creator/RexHarrison. It was a smash hit when it opened in 1956, and set new records for the longest run in Broadway musical history (a title now held by ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', which is still running).
7th Mar '16 4:09:35 PM PaulA
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* UsefulNotes/BritishAccents: Received Pronunciation ("Queen's English") as enforced by Henry Higgins. A wide variety of other, more "common" ones, especially during the opening scenes.
-->Eliza: "''Eeyyyyaaaoooowwww!!''"
--->(...)
-->Higgins: "How many vowel sounds did you hear altogether?"
-->Pickering: "l believe l counted 24."
-->Higgins: "Wrong by 100. To be exact you heard 130."
7th Mar '16 4:08:33 PM PaulA
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* WordOfGod: According Shaw Liza continued to live with Henry and Pickering for another year or two before marrying Freddy but they all remained close friends. Okay, whatever you say, Mr. Shaw.
21st Jan '16 6:59:20 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* PygmalionPlot: Duh.

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* PygmalionPlot: Duh.%%* PygmalionPlot:
18th Sep '15 8:39:19 PM Angeldeb82
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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] when Higgins asks Alfie point-blank how much he wants. Alfie insists on beating around the bush, seemingly on principle.

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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] {{Enforced|Trope}} when Higgins asks Alfie point-blank how much he wants. Alfie insists on beating around the bush, seemingly on principle.



* {{Bowdlerization}}: The name of the oily language expert was changed from Nepomuk to Zoltan Karpathy, because St. John Nepomuk (as Shaw was well aware) was a Catholic saint and patron of the confessional.

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* {{Bowdlerization}}: {{Bowdlerise}}: The name of the oily language expert was changed from Nepomuk to Zoltan Karpathy, because St. John Nepomuk (as Shaw was well aware) was a Catholic saint and patron of the confessional.



* BritishAccents: Received Pronunciation ("Queen's English") as enforced by Henry Higgins. A wide variety of other, more "common" ones, especially during the opening scenes.

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* BritishAccents: UsefulNotes/BritishAccents: Received Pronunciation ("Queen's English") as enforced by Henry Higgins. A wide variety of other, more "common" ones, especially during the opening scenes.



* CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem: Eliza and Henry, to each other.

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* CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem: CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Eliza and Henry, to each other.



-->'''Higgins:''' Oh, Pickering, for God's sake [[LampshadeHanging stop being dashed and do something!]]

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-->'''Higgins:''' Oh, Pickering, for God's sake [[LampshadeHanging stop being dashed and do something!]]something]]!



* DrJerk: Henry Higgins himself, though he's [[NotThatKindOfDoctor technically a professor of linguistics and not a doctor per se.]]

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* DrJerk: Henry Higgins himself, though he's [[NotThatKindOfDoctor technically a professor of linguistics and not a doctor per se.]]se]].



* TheEdwardianEra: 1912, to be precise. ([[FridgeHorror Makes one rather wonder]] about Freddy's [[WorldWarI fate]].)

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* TheEdwardianEra: 1912, to be precise. ([[FridgeHorror Makes one rather wonder]] about Freddy's [[WorldWarI [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI fate]].)



* MeaningfulName: A name like Doolittle totally makes sense for someone like Eliza's father. Eliza herself, [[UnfortunateName on the other hand...]]

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* MeaningfulName: A name like Doolittle totally makes sense for someone like Eliza's father. Eliza herself, [[UnfortunateName on the other hand...]]hand]]...



*** Still, Zoltan did say of the Greek Ambassador's birth origin "I keep his secret, but I make him pay. I make them all pay.", so the character himself seems to confirm the blackmail accusation.

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*** Still, Zoltan did say of the Greek Ambassador's birth origin "I keep his secret, but I make him pay. I make them all pay.", pay", so the character himself seems to confirm the blackmail accusation.
14th May '15 10:18:53 AM roxana
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* WordOfGod: According Shaw Liza continued to live with Henry and Pickering for another year or two before marrying Freddy but they all remained close friends. Okay, whatever you say, Mr. Shaw.
26th Apr '15 11:55:12 PM Homoaesthete
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the first act of ''Pygmalion'', Eliza attends a tea party at Mrs. Higgins' house. Lerner and Loewe dropped that scene and replaced it with the scene at the Ascot races (presumably to give the chorus something to do). Which raises a question: In the musical adaptation, how does Eliza know where Mrs. Higgins lives in order to pay her a visit in the second act?

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the first act of ''Pygmalion'', Henry Higgins brings Eliza attends to a tea party at Mrs. Higgins' his mothers' house. Lerner and Loewe dropped that scene and replaced it with the scene at the Ascot races (presumably to give the chorus something to do). Which raises a question: In the musical adaptation, They left unexplained how does Eliza know knows where Mrs. Higgins lives in order to pay her a visit her in the second act? act, as in this version of events she has never been there before.
26th Apr '15 11:30:35 PM Homoaesthete
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the first act of ''Pygmalion'', Eliza attends a tea party at Mrs. Higgins' house. Lerner and Loewe dropped that scene and replaced it with the scene at the Ascot races (presumably to give the chorus something to do). Which raises a question: In the musical adaptation, how does Eliza know where Mrs. Higgins lives in order to pay her a visit in the second act?
10th Apr '15 5:30:42 AM Patachou
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* LocationSong: "On The Street Where You Live", is a love song from the perspective of love interest Freddy. The song is about how wonderful the street seems due to Eliza living on it.
23rd Nov '14 11:20:31 PM vifetoile
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* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: There's more than a hint of NoChallengeNoSatisfaction in Eliza's relationship with Henry. Pickering is a gentle teacher, ready to call off a session when he can see Eliza is tired. In contrast, Eliza wants the approval of the never-satisfied Higgins. Later in the play, once Eliza grows independent of Higgins, is when he really becomes enamored of her.
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