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Eliza Doolittle Comes to the Morrison Center

Tuesday, Jan. 3 - Thursday, Jan. 5

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Even if you've never seen the classic 1964 movie, the image of the stunning Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady transcends the confines of film. But Hepburn wasn't the first to learn that the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.

Since the original musical opened in 1956—starring the equally fabulous Julie Andrews—it has been one of the most performed and most loved productions of all time. The most recent revival will bring it to the Morrison Center in Boise for three shows as part of the Broadway in Boise series.

If you've managed to avoid all references to the musical during the last 50 years, here's the premise: A man bets he can teach a poor girl with a Cockney accent how to speak so properly that she could pass for an aristocrat. In the process, he falls in love with her and many songs are sung.

The story is based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, but the musical version that includes a few jaunty little tunes overshadowed the original long ago. Who knows, maybe Boiseans will suddenly seem a little more aristocratic.