My Fair Lady exhibition illuminates celebrated musical

My Fair LadyMy Fair Lady opens tonight at the Crucible Theatre for the Christmas period (13 December 2012 – 26 January 2013) with an accompanying exhibition of original artefacts and insight from the University of Sheffield.

Dr Dominic McHugh from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Music drew on his extensive research for his book Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady to put together the exhibition in the foyer of the Crucible Theatre. The exhibition highlights three aspects of the show’s legacy: My Fair Lady on Broadway; My Fair Lady in London; and other productions.

Dr McHugh’s main research interest is the American musical on stage and screen. He said of the exhibition: “It contains rare items such as a copy of the iconic Original Broadway Cast recording signed by Julie Andrews, who was the star of the first production, posters of the Broadway production, and letters and documents that are referred to in my book. So it's like the exhibition of the book and tells a strong story about the show's gradual journey around the globe as it became the most successful musical of its day.”

Dr McHugh explained how the collaboration with Sheffield Theatres came about: “Through the University’s Arts Enterprise's HEIF fund, I was able to take the project from an idea to reality. When I found out the Crucible were doing My Fair Lady only a few months after the publication of my book on the subject, I immediately started exploring ways I could become involved.

“The exhibition is in three large cabinets in the foyer of the theatre so audiences will see it as they enter the building. Because my focus is on the show's legacy on Broadway, in London and internationally, I hope the exhibition will help audiences contextualise the new production and reflect on the show's longevity and lasting impact. This is a great example of how scholars can have an impact on audiences beyond academia without scaring them off with traditional academic apparatus such as lectures or journal articles; since the exhibition is visually appealing, it should be a great way to speak to them.”

Additional information

The exhibition was made possible thanks to funding from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ Arts Enterprise (HEIF) programme. To find out more, visit: Arts Enterprise

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