‘My Fair Lady’ review: By george, they’ve got it!
The Wall Street Journal - 09/24/2015
The good news starts at the top: Jennifer Ellis is as strong an Eliza Doolittle as I’ve seen anywhere, including on screen. She sings beautifully and acts without exaggeration, leaving it to the score and script to work their magic. Christopher Chew hews to the same pattern as Henry Higgins, making no effort whatsoever to “do” Rex Harrison. He and Ms. Ellis personify the approach that Scott Edmiston, the director, describes in his program note: “We have shifted the focus from spectacle to character.” What you get, in other words, is not so much “My Fair Lady” as Shaw’s “Pygmalion” with songs—and what songs!