Pygmalion – The Musical, a production by Spring-Time Experimental Theatre, raises the curtain for a two-night run at The Parisian Theatre on September 16 . The Hong Kong theatre group adapts its storyline, with the addition of some local twists, from the classic play Pygmalion, written by George Bernard Shaw.
Shaw’s original play was first performed more than 100 years ago, long before director George Cukor brought us My Fair Lady as a musical starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. However, most everyone of a certain filmgoing age is more familiar with the 1964 silver screen adaptation, one of the most successful musicals of all time. Showcasing witty dialogue, droll situations and Lerner and Loewe’s lovely, hummable score, those who haven’t seen the film are clearly culturally illiterate.
For the rest of us, it’s near impossible to imagine Harrison as Professor Higgins not singing I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face or Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle performing Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.
Spring-Time Experimental Theatre also bases its production—although it has rung a few changes on the original—on Shaw’s Pygmalion, which in turn was based in classical myth. In Shaw’s witty comedy of manners, he plays on the complex business of gender relationships in a social world. Phonetics Professor Henry Higgins tutors the very Cockney Eliza Doolittle, refining not only her speech but also her manner. The end result is a very ladylike Miss Doolittle, though as Higgins soon discovers, his creation has a mind of her own.
The Hong Kong production, while paying homage to the original, promises an entertaining local take on this compelling tale which examines issues of class, education, romance and gender, with a light and humorous touch. Perry Chiu and Kevin Lee will lead a cast of talented performers to bring the play’s still relevant themes to Macau audiences at The Parisian Theatre on September 16-17. Will this version of the classic Cinderella tale blow away any expectations audiences might have from seeing the film?
As Shaw commented, his tongue firmly in cheek, after Pygmalion’s acclaimed premiere in 1913: “There must be something radically wrong with the play if it pleases everybody, but at the moment I cannot find what it is.”
Pygmalion - The Musical (Cantonese with Traditional Chinese subtitles)
The Parisian Theatre, The Parisian Macao, Estrada do Istmo, Lote 3, Cotai Strip
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