YMMV / My Fair Lady

  • Adaptation Displacement: The film version has pretty much overshadowed the original stage play.
  • Award Snub: Despite her acclaim in the film, Audrey Hepburn did not get an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In a twist of irony, Julie Andrews, who played Eliza on stage and was controversially rejected to reprise her role in the film version, won in that category the same year for Mary Poppins. Speculation arose that Hepburn wasn't nominated due to her singing voice being dubbed, and others believe that Andrews won because the Academy sympathized with her not being able to play Eliza.
  • Broken Base: The war between fans of Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn is one of the hottest in musical theatre.
  • 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.
  • Cut Song: "Say A Prayer For Me Tonight" was written for this show, but cut and used later in Gigi.
    • Also, there's an extra verse sometimes re-added to "You Did It" expanding on Karpathy's raves about Eliza's certain Hungarian birth.
  • 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."
  • Retroactive Recognition: Eliza's potential suitor is Sherlock Holmes.
  • 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 unfairly putting Eliza down. There's an element of laissez-faire that won't be present to today's audience. Modern audiences sympathise with Eliza since her poverty and upbringing would naturally cause her to be rough in her speech and mannerisms, but older ones might be less sympathetic. To today's audience Henry also comes off as arrogant, buying Eliza for an entertaining game while she just wants to make a fair deal to rise above her station and pay for lessons, and he implies she should be grateful just because he was luckier in life than she was, and even implies that she's basically one of his belongings in one scene. 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 it would have been seen as romantic by all parties at the time, easily disturbs people nowadays.