‘My Fair Lady’ takes the stage at the Des Moines Civic Center

“My Fair Lady” has a lot of catching up to do after not making it to the Des Moines Civic Center on time.

The Broadway musical tells the story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who wants to make the young flower seller into a proper lady.

The show features classic songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.”

“In March of 2020, we were in Columbus, Ohio, and Broadway shut down, and we shut down, and everybody shut down,” recalled Leslie Alexander, who plays Mrs. Higgins — the mother of protagonist Henry Higgins — in the musical. “We did one performance in Columbus (before shutting down)… We were scheduled to come to Des Moines next.”

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