YMMV: My Fair Lady

  • Adaptation Displacement: The film version has pretty much overshadowed the original stage play.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "I Could Have Danced All Night" has gone down in the record books as one of the most beloved soprano solos in the history of musical theatre — and with very good reason.
  • Dawson Casting: Audrey Hepburn was in her mid-thirties when she played the 21-year-old Eliza in the film adaptation.
    • The life of an apparently quite poor flower girl in those days probably would have aged the character of Eliza beyond her years; in this case, Dawson Casting may have been justified.
      • Furthermore, Audrey Hepburn always looked younger than she actually was.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Eliza and Henry, to Shaw's consternation.
  • Genius Bonus: In the film, near the beginning we get a glimpse of Henry Higgins' notebook, which he's using to transcribe people's accents. It's unreadable... unless you understand the Shavian alphabet, whose creation was funded by George Bernard Shaw.
  • Ho Yay: Higgins and Pickering have quite a bit, particularly in "A Hymn to Him", where Higgins straight up asks "Why can't a woman be more like a man?".
  • Memetic Mutation: "The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain."
    • "I've grown accustomed to her face."
  • They Just Didn't Care: Instead of comissioning a new restoration for the 2011 Blu-Ray, CBS just upscaled a 1994 restored version to 1080p. However, the 50th anniversary Blu-Ray from 2015note  boasts a newer, 4k restoration.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • When it was first made, Eliza came across as much more unacceptably uncouth to theatre-goers, and therefore just as bad as Henry, whereas it's getting more and more common to see Henry as a misogynistic, snobbish villain putting Eliza unfairly down. Basically, they're each supposed to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but current values don't look favorably on characters like Higgins.
    • Freddy's love-sickness and patient wait is stalking in today's terms, and while would have been seen as romantic by all parties at the time, easily disturbs people nowadays.