One of George Bernard Shaw's best known plays Pygmalion was a rousing success on the London and New York stages an entertaining motion picture and a great hit with its musical version My Fair Lady An updated and considerably revised version of the ancient Greek legend of Pygmalion and Galatea the 20th century story pokes fun at the antiuated British class system In Shaw's clever adaptation Professor Henry Higgins a linguistic expert takes on a bet that he can transform an awkward cockney flower seller into a refined young lady simply by polishing her manners and changing the way she speaks In the process of convincing society that his creation is a mysterious royal figure the Professor also falls in love with his elegant handiworkThe irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly together with Shaw's brilliant dialogue and splendid skills as a playwright have made Pygmalion one of the most popular comedies in the English language A staple of college drama courses it is still widely performed


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    Reposting in honor of George Bernard Shaw's birthday July 26 I am writing this review to honor my grandmother who recently passed away I lost track of the number of times we listened to the soundtrack of My Fair Lady either in her car her apartment or my house growing up To me Eliza Doolittle Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering are as much the actors who played them as they are are the memories I created with my grandmother and great aunt while watching the movie or listening to its timeless songs By the time I finally read Pygmalion in script form in eighth grade English class and then subsequently watched the movie in class I had the entire script memorized My entire class asked me for assistance in all the assignments associated with this unit and of course I demurred Ask me today I still have most of the songs memorized which of course came from Shaw's brilliant script My daughters' favorite classic film is My Fair Lady because of the gorgeous costumes they see at Ascot race track and the Royal ball But what makes this Cinderella story timeless is not the costumes but the prose down to the last line Eliza where the devil are my slippers For those who have not read this tale or seen the film take the time to do so You too could be captivated by Eliza the flower girl turned language pupil and create generations of memories