words by Alan Jay Lerner - music by Frederick Loewe


The musical was based very loosely on the Pygmalion who was a misogynist. Leave it to the Greeks to deal him the most poetic of justice. He falls in love.   But not with a real woman.   He falls in love with the statue of a woman.

Notice of an error in this page

"I Could Have Danced All Night" comes after the dancing to "The Rain in Spain", not the ball in which she is very sad for being ignored.   I did this page many years ago and will need to correct it same day.


 

Eliza Doolittle contemplating a warm home to come home to sings...

Wouldn't It Be Loverly

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Eliza after the ball singing...

I Could Have Danced All Night

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It is remarkable how Loewe gets this tune to sound so much like a waltz even though its in cut time!


He is in love with her but she is not in love with him.

(Been there. Done that.)

On The Street Where You Live

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Eliza's father the night before his wedding sings...

Get Me To The Church On Time

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Professor Higgins doesn't realize he has fallen in love with Eliza and sings...

I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

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In the musical Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins starts this tune by speaking the lyrics with a matter-of-fact tone of voice and only gradually begins singing it. That was a masterstroke relating to the situation and also in the execution with which he makes it seem so natural that one forgets he is acting.

This is a wonderful love song because of the music, lyrics and story.   Never once does the word "love" show in the lyrics.   If fact Higgins doesn't even suspect he is in love.   Another song from this musical that I did not have in my song-book is "Don't Tell Me. Show Me!".   The point about good poetry is not to explain but to show.   Using abstract words might pass muster for classes in sociology but are poison for poetry.   Who can doubt Higgin's being madly in love after hearing this even though he doesn't know he is madly in love?   See, for a man, being in control is very important.   But all it takes is a woman to reduce him by seducing him.


Scenes from the musical (in chronological order after the trailer):

1964 Trailer

Loverly

Higgins meets Eliza

Eliza'a father

Voice training

Ascot Race - A huge faux pas - Note this scene is all in black, white and grey except for the tiny bit of red in Eliza's dress and the brown of Higgins'.

Embassy Ball - A great scene.   Only George Cukor could have pulled this off right.

After the Ball - "I Could Have Danced All Night".   I can feel her ecstasy.   How Loewe could make this cut-time work fly like a waltz is still a mystery to me.

Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man? - I love this tune.

On the Street Where You Live - A wonderful song with great introducing verse. But he is infatuated with her. Not really love.   Very sad as I identify with Freddie.

Get Me To The Church On Time - Eliza'a father marries with the money that Higgins pays him for his daughter's rent.

Show Me - "Anyone one who has ever been in love, will tell you that.   This is no time for a chat."

I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face - The Ending.

Who learned from whom?   There is no doubt in my mind.


 

Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle


MIDI arrangements Copyright © 2006 by Aji Sabaki. All rights reserved.