I have Eliza Doolittle to thank for one of the greatest discoveries of my professional acting career. Years ago, I was playing the lovable urchin-turned-grande-dame in a production of "My Fair Lady". It's a long show — two and a half hours at least. The demands of the role were high, vocally and acting-wise. I wanted to be the best Eliza I possibly could.
But, I had an issue. Approximately three-quarters of the way through the show, there's a song called "Show Me" — and vocally, it was a challenge for me. I was really stressed about it. In fact, I began to realize that, from the first MINUTE we'd begin a run-through of the show, the knowledge that I had to sing that song in another two hours and five minutes was already on my mind.