This past month I performed as Eliza Doolittle in an all-Yale concert version of My Fair Lady at the Shubert Theater. It featured Yale College graduates (including yours truly), Yale School of Drama alumni, current graduate students, and wittle bitty undergraduate cherubs with dewy Anime eyes and sugar-plum dreams!
I promised a recap, and here it is: a play-by-play of the insanity.
Because it was, in a word, insane.
So, in case I didn't say this before, we put up the show in a week. Sure, some principal characters rehearsed briefly in NYC in the prior months, but for the most part everything was thrown together in seven days! Seven days! To put on My Fair Motherf-ing Lady!
(Meaning, before performing, we ran the show exactly...zero times. Zero! Not until opening night (er, day -- since we opened with a matinee) did we perform the show start to finish, or even run certain scenes in the second act. Ah, the magic of theater!)
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning, shall we?