The Kansas City Public Library continues the sixth season of its signature Script-in-Hand series - and observes Mother's Day -- with a Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre production ofthe immortal musical My Fair Lady on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
With the theme Women of the Years, the 2012 Script-in-Hand season features some of the most compelling female leads in drama.
Based on George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play Pygmalion, this 1956 Broadway hit from composer Frederick Loewe and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner is the tuneful story of Eliza Doolittle, an uneducated Cockney flower girl who becomes the subject of a bet by the phoneticist Henry Higgins. The arrogant Higgins claims that under his tutelage the unpolished Eliza can learn to speak so well that she can pass as a genuine lady.
The original 1956 stage production was notable for elevating Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison to stardom and introduced such timeless songs as "With a Little Bit of Luck," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "Get Me to the Church on Time," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face."
The Script-in-Hand performance is directed by Linda Brand. Her husband, Robby Gibby Brand, portrays Henry Higgins. Eliza Doolittle is played by Ashlee LaPine; Colonel Pickering by Kevin Albert.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Funding for the 2012 Script-in-Hand series is provided by a grant from the William T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee, with additional support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
A public reception following this performance of My Fair Lady is sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.
This event is co-sponsored by the UMKC Women's Center and the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri.
Visit kclibrary.org/scriptinhand for additional information about the 2012 Script-in-Hand series.