In most iterations of “My Fair Lady” it’s the tongue that gets a workout as Prof. Henry Higgins tries to make cockney flower saleswoman Eliza Doolittle sound refined.
But in Luis Dominguez’s new version of the show for the Lexington Ballet, the drama will be expressed in dance, so audiences at the Lexington Opera House Saturday will see how phrases like “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain,” “Just you wait Henry Higgins,” “I’ve grown accustomed to her face” and, of course, “Move your bloomin’ arse!” are interpreted in dance.
We got together with Dominguez and dancers Angelica South and Casey Myrick last month before the Lexington Opera House’s Broadway Live presentation of “Dirty Dancing” to learn how to do the famous “bird lift” from the show. It turned out, that same move will be used in the ballet’s “My Fair Lady.” So, enjoy the preview, above, and if you want to see the show, it’s at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Opera House, 401 West Short Street. Click here for tickets ($20.75-$45.75 adults, $20.75-$35.75 students).
Rich Copley: @copiousnotes