My Fair Lady – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 19th June
What a great show!!!!!!
Witty script (GB Shaw of course), great music from Lerner and Loewe, accomplished performance from Anthony Andrews as Higgins and a great comic performance from Mark Moraghan (Alfred Doolitle), and music from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and choir masterfully controlled by the baton of John Wilson.
I guess we all know the story but never I have seen this performed with such wit and energy. John Wilson is an absolute master at film scores and musical theatre. I have yet to see a bad performance when he conducts the Phil.
If Vasily Petrenko is the Classical Brits Male Artist of the Year then John deserves the crossover award as his take on light classics and musical theatre is nothing short of world class.
If you see nothing else at the Phil this year make sure that you see a concert conducted by this man.
Broadway diva Kim Criswell, although not singing, appeared as Mrs Pearce. Her real contribution though is that she adapted the script and directed! Masterful!
Mentions also for Nickolas Grace who plays Pickering, Julian Ovenden as Freddy (who gave a great rendition of On the Street Where You Live) and of course Annalene Beechey as a lovely Eliza. This is the cast, apart from Mark Moraghan, who played this last year at the Sage in Gateshead.
This show lifted my mood, made me laugh and made me want to see the play, Pygmalion. Great fun and good to see all ages represented in the auditorium. The standing ovation would have continued all night if the performers had stayed on stage.
Music and acting to lift the soul!!!!
My score…. 12 out of 10!!!!!!