My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady; the original Broadway and London shows starred Julie Andrews. The musical's 1956 Broadway production was a notable popular success, it set a record for the longest run of any show on Broadway up to that time. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, many revivals. My Fair Lady has been called "the perfect musical". In Edwardian London, Eliza Doolittle is a Cockney flower girl with a unintelligible accent; the noted phonetician Professor Henry Higgins encounters Eliza at Covent Garden and laments the vulgarity of her dialect. Higgins meets Colonel Pickering, another linguist, invites him to stay as his houseguest. Eliza and her friends wonder. Eliza's father, Alfred P. Doolittle, stops by the next morning searching for money for a drink.

Soon after, Eliza comes to Higgins's house, seeking elocution lessons so that she can get a job as an assistant in a florist's shop. Higgins wagers Pickering that, within six months, by teaching Eliza to speak properly, he will enable her to pass for a proper lady. Eliza becomes part of Higgins's household. Though Higgins sees himself as a kindhearted man who cannot get along with women, to others he appears self-absorbed and misogynistic. Eliza endures Higgins's tyrannical speech tutoring. Frustrated, she dreams of different ways to kill him. Higgins's servants lament the stressful atmosphere. Just as Higgins is about to give up on her, Eliza recites one of her diction exercises in perfect upper-class style. Though Mrs Pearce, the housekeeper, insists that Eliza go to bed, she declares she is too excited to sleep. For her first public tryout, Higgins takes Eliza to his mother's box at Ascot Racecourse. Though Eliza shocks everyone when she forgets herself while watching a race and reverts to foul language, she does capture the heart of Freddy Eynsford-Hill.

Freddy calls on Eliza that evening, he declares that he will wait for her in the street outside Higgins' house. Eliza's final test requires her to pass as a lady at the Embassy Ball. After more weeks of preparation, she is ready. All the ladies and gentlemen at the ball admire her, the Queen of Transylvania invites her to dance with the prince. A Hungarian phonetician, Zoltan Karpathy, attempts to discover Eliza's origins. Higgins allows Karpathy to dance with Eliza; the ball is a success. Pickering and Higgins revel in their triumph. Eliza is insulted at packing up and leaving the Higgins house; as she leaves she finds Freddy, who begins to tell her how much he loves her, but she tells him that she has heard enough words. Eliza and Freddy return to Covent Garden but she finds she no longer feels at home there, her father is there as well, he tells her that he has received a surprise bequest from an American millionaire, which has raised him to middle-class respectability, now must marry his lover.

Doolittle and his friends have one last spree before the wedding. Higgins awakens the next morning, he finds himself out of sorts without Eliza. He wonders why she left after the triumph at the ball and concludes that men are far superior to women. Pickering notices the Professor's lack of consideration, leaves the Higgins house. Higgins despondently visits his mother's house. Eliza declares; as Higgins walks home, he realizes. At home, he sentimentally reviews the recording he made the day Eliza first came to him for lessons, hearing his own harsh words. Eliza appears in his home. In suppressed joy at their reunion, Professor Higgins scoffs and asks, "Eliza, where the devil are my slippers?" The original cast of the Broadway stage production: Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flowerseller – Julie Andrews Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics – Rex Harrison Alfred P. Doolittle, Eliza's father, a dustmanStanley Holloway Colonel Hugh Pickering, Henry Higgins's friend and fellow phoneticist – Robert Coote Mrs. Higgins, Henry's socialite mother – Cathleen Nesbitt Freddy Eynsford-Hill, a young socialite and Eliza's suitor – John Michael King Mrs. Pearce, Higgins's housekeeper – Philippa Bevans Zoltan Karpathy, Henry Higgins's former student and rival – Christopher Hewett In the mid-1930s, film producer Gabriel Pascal acquired the rights to produce film versions of several of George Bernard Shaw's plays, Pygmalion among them.

However, having had a bad experience with The Chocolate Soldier, a Viennese operetta based on his play Arms and the Man, refused permission for Pygmalion to be adapted into a musical. After Shaw died in 1950, Pascal asked lyricist Alan Jay Lerner to write the musical adaptation. Lerner agreed, he and his partner Frederick Loewe began work, but they realised that the play violated several key rules for constructing a musical: the main story was not a love story, there was no subplot or secondary love story, there was no place for a

Steve McAlpine

Stephen Alan "Steve" McAlpine is an American lawyer and politician. McAlpine served as the lieutenant governor of Alaska from 1982 until 1990. Stephen Alan McAlpine was born in Yakima, Washington on May 23, 1949, the fourth child of Robert E. and Myrtle B. McAlpine, he attended school in Yakima, as well as two years at Maryknoll Seminary in Mountain View, California. He attended the University of Washington, he graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1976. McAlpine came to Alaska in 1970 accompanied by a friend from college, Mano Frey; the two visited Alaska while decided to stay, settling in Valdez. They worked construction during the building of the trans-Alaska pipeline. McAlpine continued his studies until earning his law degree, while Frey would go on to become a major labor union figure in Alaska, serving as head of Alaska's AFL-CIO from 1984 to 2002. In 1977, McAlpine partnered with James D. Ginotti in the Law Firm of Ginotti & McAlpine, PC. Following the end of his tenure in elected office, McAlpine moved to Anchorage and resumed the practice of law, which he continues to the present day.

During the late 1970s, McAlpine was elected to the Valdez city council and went on to serve two terms as mayor of Valdez. In 1982, he was elected as lieutenant governor of Alaska, serving with Governor Bill Sheffield, an Anchorage hotelier. Sheffield, plagued by various scandals in his administration during his term as governor, lost renomination in the 1986 primary election to Steve Cowper, a Fairbanks lawyer and former state representative. McAlpine won renomination as lieutenant governor, in the general election, was reelected alongside Cowper; as his tenure as lieutenant governor occurred during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, McAlpine found himself the subject of national media attention given his ties to Valdez. McAlpine ran for governor, but lost in the primary election to Tony Knowles. McAlpine holds a number of distinctions resulting from his tenure as lieutenant governor; when elected in 1982, McAlpine was the first baby boomer elected to statewide office in Alaska. His election at age 33 made him the youngest person elected to statewide office in Alaska, which still stands today.

He is the only two-term lieutenant governor in the state's history to have served under different governors. Appearances on C-SPAN

HMS Rosario (1800)

HMS Rosario was a 20-gun sixth rate of the British Royal Navy. She was the French privateer Hardi, which HMS Anson captured in 1800; the navy took her into service as HMS Hardi but renamed her HMS Rosario in 1800. She was sold in 1809. Hardi was a privateer corvette commissioned at Bordeaux. C. June 1796, she was commissioned with 194 men and 18 guns. At daybreak on 29 April 1800 HMS Anson encountered four French privateers: Brave, Guepe and Duide; as soon as the French vessels realized that Anson was a British frigate they scattered. As Anson passed Brave going in the opposite direction Anson fired a broadside into her. Durham set off after one of the other French vessels, which he was able to capture, she was Hardi, of 194 men. Durham described her as "a fine new Ship just of the Stocks." The Royal Navy took Hardi into service, first as HMS Hardi, before shortly thereafter renaming her HMS Rosario. Lastly, Durham reported sending into port for adjudication a valuable ship, sailing from Batavia to Hamburg with the Governor of Batavia as passenger.

Lloyd's List reported on 13 May 1800 that the "Hardy French Privateer, of 20 Guns and 150 men", had arrived at Plymouth. On 30 August 1801 Commander Richard Byron, "nephew of the late Admiral Byron, commissioned in Hamoaze, that beautiful corvette, La Rosario, of 18 guns." On 28 October "Diable in Quatre" and Rosario came into Plymouth Sound. Byron sailed Rosario to the West Indies. Byron's role was to observe the fleet that France had sent to assist General Charles Leclerc in his efforts to recapture Saint-Domingue. Rosario returned to Plymouth on 23 May 1802. There Byron landed at the pier $20,000 in specie that he had brought from Jamaica for merchants in London. While she was away, on 29 April Byron had received promotion to post captain. On 29 April William Mounsey received promotion to commander. During his time aboard her he was tasked seriatim with anti-smuggling patrols, carrying despatches to the Mediterranean, cruising on the Irish and Havre stations, reconnoitering the enemy's ports in the north of Spain, assisting at the capture of the Danish West Indies, escorting a convoy back to England from the Leeward Islands.

Mounsey sailed Rosario on 8 June to participate in a small anti-smuggling squadron under the command of Captain King of Sirius. The other vessels in the squadron were Carysfort and Peterell. On the 11th, the vessels were ordered to embark victuals for two months, they were to cruise from Berry Head to Mount's Bay, an area "infested with smugglers". When Earl St Vincent and the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty in the Commissioners' yacht visited Plymouth on an inspection tour on 27 August and Childers fired a salute; the two vessels moved to Cawsand Bay to remain there for the duration of the visit. They were still there on 5 September. On the evening of 25 October dispatches from Rear-Admiral Dacres arrived by express from the Admiralty together with sealed orders for Rosario She completed her provisioning for a four-month voyage and next morning left Cawsand Bay for the Mediterranean. Rosario returned to Plymouth from Malta on 26 March 1803 having left Gibraltar on the first of the month.

She went into quarantine. On 4 June Rosario came into Plymouth with a large Danish vessel carrying timbers for the naval yard. In July 1803 Rosario captured Liefde, from Berbice, sent her into Cork. A few days on 27 July, Rosario was east of The Lizard when she sighted and started to chase a French privateer ship. By 4p.m. Rosario was within gunshot of her quarry when Rosario had to drop astern having lost her fore top-mast because of the amount of sail that she was carrying. Plantagenet had joined Rosario at noon and by 8 o'clock she came alongside the quarry, which struck her colours; the privateer was Atalante, six days out of Bordeaux, with a crew of 120 men under the command of Arnaud Martin. She was pierced for 22 guns but only had fourteen 6-pounders mounted, having thrown eight overboard during the chase. Captain Hammond of Plantagenet described Atalante as an "exceedingly handsome Vessel", as sailing remarkably fast, having "run us nearly Ninety Miles in the Nine Hours." Endymion shared in the prize money for Atalante.

Atalante arrived in Plymouth on 3 August. At the time Lloyd's List described her as having a crew of 150 men; the Admiralty took Atalante into service as Hawk, there being an Atalante in Royal Navy service. Next, Rosario took into Milford Jacobina. Jacobina had been sailing from Surinam to Amsterdam when the Guernsey privateer Friends Goodwill had captured her; the French privateer Venture had re-captured Jacobina, only to lose her to Rosario. On 30 July 1804 Rosario sent into Cork Bordeaux Packet, master, sailing from Philadelphia to Bordeaux. At the beginning of September Bordeaux Packet arrived at Plymouth; the French corvette Sylphe captured on 13 May 1805 at 49°49′N 15°25′W a number of vessels in a convey that had left Cork on the 9th for Newfoundland. Rosario and Topaze each recaptured one. Two French privateers captured Gabriel, master, on 30 April 1806 off Beachy Head. Rosario recaptured