Wed September 18, 2013
Review: Stages St. Louis' "My Fair Lady" Exudes Energetic Magic
Pamela Brumley is a brunette beauty of an Eliza Doolittle whose transformation includes not just her voice, speech and dress, but the dignity and calm center that truly defined a lady of that era. Brumley’s voice is a pleasure, strong, sweet and lyrical. Christopher Guilmet has a great voice as well so you may find yourself wishing Henry Higgins’ songs were more musical. Both Brumley and Guilmet are delightful actors and their scenes together sparkle. Colonel Pickering, inhabited gorgeously by John Flack, often joins them onstage. Flack imbues the Colonel with such joy and good sense and the trio’s “Rain in Spain” number was my favorite.
Edward Juvier played Eliza’s “unconventional moralist” of a father, Alfred P. Doolittle with exuberance and was a great favorite with the audience. I found him a bit hard to understand in “With a Little Bit of Luck” but his acting was excellent and the second act’s “Get Me to the Church On Time” was great fun. Dana Lewis’ choreography contained an artful motif that repeated and worked well to tie the look of the show together and Matthew McCarthy lighted the whole, brilliant show in lovely fashion.
My Fair Lady continues at Kirkwood Civic Center’s Robert Reim Theatre through October 6th. Make an effort to see this vivacious cast create some magic in Kirkwood.