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Entertainment Tony Awards: Amy Schumer Calls ‘My Fair Lady’s’ Henry Higgins a Mansplainer

09:20  11 june  2018
09:20  11 june  2018 Source:   variety.com

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Tony Award for Best Musical. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins , a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady . My Fair Lady has frequently been called "the perfect musical".[6].

After some hesitation on the part of the producers, Rex Harrison was asked to reprise his Tony award -winning stage performance for the film, and the success of both the stage and screen versions of MY FAIR LADY made irascible phonetics professor Henry Higgins the most famous role of

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While introducing the first Tony nominee for best revival of a musical, “My Fair Lady,” Amy Schumer paused to throw some general shade at the state of women’s right in America. Not even the show she was speaking about was safe.

The musical, based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” is a comedy about class and sexism. In Schumer’s own words, “It tells the story of a scruffy flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, who is transformed by Henry Higgins, a man-splaining expert on dialects.”

Schumer couldn’t help put point out how the production, which first hit Broadway in 1956, still resonates today. “This interpretation celebrates Eliza’s growing self-confidence and highlights equal rights for women. Because we actually don’t have that,” Schumer said.

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Harry Potter has Lord Voldemort, He Who Must Not Be Named. Last night, the Tony Awards had Donald J. Trump. Amy Schumer , framing “ My Fair Lady ” as an early example of feminism, called Henry Higgins a mansplainer but didn’t mention any living men, or the #MeToo movement.

Escape to Margaritaville ’s Paul Alexander Nolan, The Band’s Visit ’s Tony Shalhoub, and My Fair Lady ’ s Harry Hadden-Paton will likely round out Also likely to be nominated are Elizabeth McGovern ( Time and the Conways ), Condola Rashad ( Saint Joan ), and Amy Schumer ( Meteor Shower ).

Schumer added, “In Eliza’s words, ‘The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.” The revival scored 10 Tony nominations, including duo acting nods for Harry Hadden-Paton, who plays Henry Higgins and Lauren Ambrose as Eliza. It also received nominations for costumes, lighting design, and scenic design.

In addition to presenting at Sunday night’s show, Schumer was also nominated for best lead actress in a play for Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower.” The prize ultimately went to Glenda Jackson for her role in “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women.”

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