Brought together - Pygmalion by George bernard Shaw and My Fair Lady, adaptation & lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe.
The ancient Greeks told the legend of the sculptor Pygmalion, who created a statue of a woman of such surpassing beauty that he fell in love with his own creation. Then Aphrodite, yaking pity on this man, whose love could not reach beyond the barrier of stone, brought the statue to life and gave her to Pygmalion as his bride.
Centuries later, George Bernard Shaw captured the magic of this legend in his celebrated romantic play Pygmalion. Pygmalion became Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, his statue an untutored flower girl from the streets of London, and the between them the difference in their stations in life. In My Fair Lady, Alan Jay Lerner takes the legend one sttep further: the barrier is swept away, and Higgins and Eliza are reunited as the curtain falls on one of the loveliest musical plays of our time - winner of seven Tonys for its original Broadway production and seven Oscars for its film adaptation.