My Fair Lady

Sonoma Arts Live
Runs in Sonoma through July 28


Possessing some of the finest hummable songs in musical theatre, My Fair Lady has charmed audiences since 1956, and sometimes been called “the perfect musical.” But anyone who sings “I Could Have Danced All Night” in the shower knows how deceptively difficult Frederick Loewe’s score can be, especially with that high note at the end. Fear not, the production at Sonoma Arts Live has Sarah Wintermeyer as Eliza, who will regale you with her superb delivery of all those “Loverly” songs, with a voice of liquid gold and her spunky charm.

Shining star Wintermeyer isn’t alone, thank goodness— local favorite Larry Williams also excels in one of his best roles yet, as the curmudgeonly Henry Higgins. Tim Setzer does a lively turn as Eliza’s father Alfred Doolittle, and Chad Yarish enjoys the stuffy likability of Colonel Pickering. A small, accomplished ensemble of well-voiced actors fills out all the other roles, including the Covent Garden “undeserving poor,” servants in Higgins’ household, and Asccot attendees, happily capering with sprightly choreography by Staci Arriaga. Ryan Hook is a particular standout as Freddy Eynsford-Hill. . . .

To continue reading about this production, see the full review at Sonoma County Gazette:
My Fair Lady