Arts Beat: “My Fair Lady”, big band radio, ghostly comedy on local stages

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“My beautiful lady,” Lerner and Loewe’s acclaimed musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” plays The Bushnell’s Broadway series March 8-13. This new Lincoln Center production, directed by Bartlett Sher, received 10 Tony Award nominations during its acclaimed Broadway run. “My Fair Lady” made its Broadway debut in 1956, after a world premiere in New Haven. And it won a slew of Tony Awards, made Julie Andrews a superstar, and broke all sorts of box office records in its day. The musical was adapted into a blockbuster movie, starring Rex Harrison repeating his Tony Award-winning performance, and Audrey Hepburn. Boasting a score that contains now classic songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Get Me to the Church on Time”, “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly”, “On the Street Where You Live”, “The Rain in Spain” and “I Got Used to Her Face”, “My Fair Lady” stars Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle and Laird Macintosh as Professor Henry Higgins. For more details: www.bushnell.org.

“Dishwasher Dreams” Alaudin Ullah’s story of his family’s journey from Bangladesh to America, comes to Hartford Stage, February 24-March 20. Chay Yew leads Ullah in his play. Ullah is a trailblazer, one of the first Asian American comedians to be featured nationally on Comedy Central, HBO, MTV and PBS. He premiered “Dishwasher Dreams” in New York in 2018. The performance features live tabla music composed and performed by percussionist Avirodh Sharma. For more details : www.hartfordstage.org.

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