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Marriott Theatre offers fun Super Bowl Sunday alternative

My Fair LadyNo interest in watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday? The Marriott Theatre invites you to see the Tony Award-winning musical My Fair Lady at 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. on February 7 instead. Customers who wear football paraphernalia to this performance from their favorite NFL team can receive two free tickets to the Chicagoland premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone (at the Marriott Theatre from April 28 through May 16.) Please stop by the Box Office window at least 30 minutes prior to the performance to pick up your certificate for two free tickets (which are limited and one per order) and show us your NFL garb.
 

The acclaimed production of My Fair Lady, directed by Dominic Missimi (Les Miserables), runs through February 14, 2010. The place is London, the time 1912. Professor Henry Higgins has made a bet that Eliza Doolittle, a common cockney flower girl, can be passed off as royalty. But as Higgins succeeds in transforming her from urchin to lady, Eliza realizes she may not need his help after all, and Higgins may need her more than he thinks. My Fair Lady features a beautiful, soaring score including "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," and "The Rain in Spain."

My Fair Lady is based upon George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Lowe (Brigadoon, Gigi, Camelot, The Little Prince). The musical's 1956 Broadway production, starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, was a smash hit, setting a new record for the longest run of any musical in history. It was called "An irresistible hit" by Variety and "One of the best musicals of the century," by The New York Times. The show won six Tony Awards including Best Musical.

My Fair Lady was adapted into an acclaimed 1964 film directed by George Cukor and starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. The film won three Golden Globe Awards and eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Original Music Score.

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