‘My Fair Lady’ Performances All Weekend

Shereen Ahmed, center, stars as Eliza Doolittle in the touring production of “My Fair Lady,” the first actress of Arab Muslim descent to do so in a major American production. Photo: Joan Marcus.

A revival of “My Fair Lady” from director Bartlett Sher is currently on a tour stop in Des Moines. Eliza Doolittle is a Cockney flower-seller in Edwardian London, and professor Henry Higgins is determined to teach her how to speak “proper” English. As he educates her on how to pass as a true society lady, Henry finds himself falling in love with her.

The original “My Fair Lady” musical premiered in 1956 as an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion.” Following the success of the musical, a film version starring Audrey Hepburn was released in 1964 and won eight Academy Awards. Sher’s revival of the iconic production, which made headlines during its 2018 premiere, brings the classic story to modern audiences.

If you missed opening night on Tuesday, don’t worry. The show will continue with performances tonight, tomorrow and all weekend at the Des Moines Civic Center. Check the Des Moines Performing Arts website for tickets and times.

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