by Robert Bell
It's hard to imagine now, but back in the '50s, when Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe sat down at the piano to create a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion," their task was seen by many to be an impossible goal.
That opinion was shared by no less than Rodgers and Hammerstein, who'd already attempted it and given up. But Lerner and Loewe managed to find the music in a play that didn't fill the traditional requirements for a musical, writing timeless numbers such as "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly." They had an enormous hit in 1956 with "My Fair Lady," helping make Julie Andrews a star along the way.