My Fair Lady The Hong Kong Singers HK Academy for Performing Arts Drama Theatre Reviewed: December 1 The Hong Kong Singers clearly decided no expense should be spared for the group's 75th anniversary production. Even given the quality of the venue, the professional technical support of the APA, and a fine all-pro pit orchestra, this My Fair Lady is as professional a production as could be expected from an amateur company. Lavishly staged, sung and danced, the production did full justice to Alan Jay Lerner's lyrics and Frederick Loewe's music, although there were times when George Bernard Shaw's dialogue was delivered without quite the vim the great lines deserved. Any Professor Higgins is faced with a choice between aping Rex Harrison's unassailably definitive interpretation of the role or underplaying the essential bombast of the character. Bruce Walker delivered a credible, relatively understated Higgins between the musical numbers and in those he really brought him to life. Hannah Rogers (below with Walker) was a superb Eliza, particularly on the two most assertive songs of the show, Just You Wait and Show Me. Director Tony Penny took over the role of Colonel Pickering late in rehearsals, but delivered its full comic potential. Brenda Scofield and Gus Scott, as Mrs Pearce and Alfred Doolittle, also performed with evident relish. Clare Stearns as a delightfully dry Mrs Higgins had fewer lines, but made every one count, while Jim Lewis, stuck with the essentially vapid role of Freddy-Eynsford Hill, nevertheless made On the Street Where You Live a highlight of the night. A strong supporting cast was expertly choreographed by Mandy Petty. Musical director Phil Whelan presided over a world-class 19-piece orchestra, including harp, lifting the professionalism to a new level for the group. This is going to be hard to improve on.