Perhaps the reason I have such a soft spot for My Fair Lady is that I'm old enough to remember when the film version first came out. I was all of 4 or 5 years old when my parents took me to see it on its maiden run, and Audrey Hepburn may have been my first crush.
Ahhh, nostalgia ain't what it used to be. Zing!
In this week's Scene, Martin Brady reviews Studio Tenn's production of the Lerner and Loewe classic. And while Brady notes that the musical softens the satire of the play it's based on — George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion — he also writes that Studio Tenn's mounting is the best locally staged Lady Nashville has seen:
The Nashville area sees homegrown productions of My Fair Lady often enough — Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre did it in 2003, Boiler Room Theatre and Lamplighter's in Smyrna both did it in 2009. Studio Tenn's staging looms as the gold standard for now, and maybe for quite a while. When it's done well, it's right as rain in Spain — and a little extra push in the direction of romance never hurt anybody.
If the impressive trailer above is any indication, it would seem his praise is well-earned. Read the whole review here.
Studio Tenn's My Fair Lady runs through June 2 at The Franklin Theatre.