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REVIEW: Loverly ‘My Fair Lady’ at Arts Center
The critical moment in any actress’s portrayal of Eliza comes during the song “The Rain in Spain.” Her transformation from her Cockney lower-class roots to a sophisticated lady must be gradual to be believable. In a completely credible and winning performance, Richardson walked this high-wire act without stumbling.
Julie Andrews defined the role of Eliza, and Lerner and Loewe took advantage of her incredible vocal range by writing soaring songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night.” Richardson hit every note squarely.
She also displayed Eliza’s feistiness in “Show Me” and “Without You,” two songs that prove Eliza to be a worthy exponent of self-righteous feminism at a time (1912 London) when it was rare, if not nonexistent.”
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