Less Than Fair

Tinkering with a beloved musical is risky business

Before the revisionist My Fair Lady opened on Broadway, Richard Chamberlain went on the warpath, trying to get his co-star sacked in favor of her understudy. Without having seen the understudy -- but having endured Melissa Errico's hapless Eliza Doolittle -- one can be sure Chamberlain was right about her. Rarely has a plum Broadway role been so ineptly handled. While Errico sings gloriously if unimaginatively, she is an unconvincing Cockney whose linguistic foibles wobble from syllable to syllable, quite a handicap in a show about the social importance of accents. She is plausible only in two feminist-flavored moments, denouncing Chamberlain's...

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