It has been a long time since I dressed up and put on my high heels – I actually despise high heels, they are designed to torture women and its usage is really overrated! Last Friday, I did put on my high heels and with my two closest friends in tow, we headed for Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre. My Fair Lady the Musical is in town!
A general overview about the play is explained here. Personally, I am of the view that this play summarised the grandeur of English language in its entirety. The play is also undoubtedly intelligent and witty in so far as the language is concerned.
The show kicked off at ten minutes past 8 p.m. and it was a full house. When Colonel Pickering and Professor Higgins conversed deeply in Act One and subsequently “Why Can’t the English” song came along, I felt like I was back in Sheffield. In Northern England, cockney accent can be heard from all corners. I found myself ironically missing the sound of the accent. Of course, the play injected its romantic elements in form of a besotted young man named Freddy Eynsford Hill, singing “On the Street Where You Live“.
The audience laughed when Eliza Doolittle first tried to say “the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plane” and “in Hertford, Hereford, Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happens.” I must say, it was so hilarious at this point, my stomach was in stitches!
I repeatedly told Yanti that I wish I haven’t watched the movie so that I could enjoy the play without comparing the two versions. I am delighted to note that Poppy Tierney played Eliza Doolittle brilliantly, much better than Audrey Hepburn in the movie. Be that as it may, I am still a big fan of Ms. Hepburn.
All in all, Ms Doolittle in her tutelage with Professor Higgins showed deep compassion and unconditional love notwithstanding her poor rank. If you ask me, I conclude that Professor Higgins did not realise that he indeed has fallen in love with Eliza.
If I have to choose my favourite lines it would be from Professor Higgins –
“Oh, why can’t the English learn to set
A good example to people whose
English is painful to your ears?
The Scotch and the Irish leave you close to tears.
There even are places where English completely
disappears. In America, they haven’t used it for years!
Why can’t the English teach their children how to speak?
Norwegians learn Norwegian; the Greeks have taught their
Greek. In France every Frenchman knows
his language fro “A” to “Zed”
The French never care what they do, actually,
as long as they pronounce in properly.”
What a night! what a play! what a pleasant company I had for the night. Good day folks.