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George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion has been adapted many times for different media, but most notably as a musical entitled My Fair Lady. This musical was so popular that some screen adaptations have used the title "My Fair Lady" instead of the original "Pygmalion".

Why was the title changed to "My Fair Lady"? In particular, is there any connection with the nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down" which is often also called "My Fair Lady"?

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    Presumably, you're not asking why they avoided Pygmalion as a title, but why they chose My Fair Lady instead of something else? One likely answer comes to mind: focus groups (a.k.a product marketing). – Mick Feb 9 at 16:03
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    Is the account in the wikipedia article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Fair_Lady#Background unsatisfactory? It cites a book by Lerner, The Street Where I Live, which presumably has more details. – kimchi lover Feb 9 at 18:43
  • It’s a Hollywood musical, most likely the producers were worried the classical allusion would be lost and/or off-putting for its intended audience. – Mozibur Ullah Feb 19 at 16:09
  • Huh, TIL. I always assumed it was a West End musical first. – Rand al'Thor Feb 19 at 16:10

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