The Broadway musical My Fair Lady starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews opened sixty years ago today: March 15, 1956. It was an adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion, which most of us are familiar with from the 1964 Audrey Hepburn film. Shaw’s original play was first performed in 1913, so it was a long journey to adapt the material and get it on stage in musical form.
2. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW DIDN’T WANT PYGMALION TO GET THE MUSICAL THEATER TREATMENT. In 1908, composer