Happy Eliza Doolittle Day!
May 20th is Eliza Doolittle Day, named for the beloved Cockney flower girl in the musical My Fair Lady.
This isn’t a widely celebrated holiday, not as popular or well-known as the likes of Arbor Day, but it has its special allure and fans.
I plan to celebrate the day by attending a My Fair Lady reading with professional actors.
The date for Eliza Doolittle Day came from lyrics in the song Just You Wait, in which Eliza sings:
“One day I’ll be famous, I’ll be proper and prim,
Gone to St. James so often I will call it St. Jim.
One evening the King will say, “Oh, Liza, old thing,
I want all of England your praises to sing.
Next week on the twentieth of May,
I proclaim Eliza Doolittle Day!
All the people will celebrate the glory of you,
And whatever you wish or want I gladly shall do.”
“Thanks a lot, King,” says I in a manner well-bred,
“But all I want is ‘enry ‘iggins ‘ead!” dum-da-dum”
Cheers to you Eliza!