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"Elizabeth Telford’s classy, sassy Eliza is the essence of this musical. In her we see a working class caterpillar gradually evolving into a beautiful butterfly. Ms. Telford brings elegance, energy and perfect pitch to her songs, a spot-on command of two different British dialects to her words and an expressive face says everything unspoken. Some of her finest moments include a winsome, reflective “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” a girlishly jubilant “I Could’ve Danced All Night” and fiery frustration in her 11th hour number, “Show Me.” But perhaps Ms. Telford’s finest moment comes as she descends the spiral staircase in Higgins’ study, looking radiant in her Embassy Ballgown. One of the finest qualities in Elizabeth Telford’s portrayal is her truthfulness. Her Eliza grows from a self-doubting Cockney flower girl into a strongly independent, admirable young woman."

- Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review



"As Eliza, Elizabeth Telford feels as fresh a fair lady as if Julie Andrews or Audrey Hepburn never happened, her voice a joy whether raging in 'Without You' or soaring in 'I Could Have Danced All Night.'"

- Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

"Playing Eliza Doolittle, the flower girl who wants to be a “lady in a shop,” is Elizabeth Telford, who brought her rendition of Sarah Brown to last season’s “Guys and Dolls” at Light Opera Works, and she handles this role to sheer perfection. Her vocal range is amazing (evidenced with “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Just You Wait” as well as her “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly”), her smile delightful and her stage presence keeps up with Sandys — there is magic on the stage at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston!"

- Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago


"Elizabeth Telford, pulling off the tricky transformation and displaying her crystal-clear voice"

- Crain's Chicago Business

"Elizabeth Telford is feisty and fine as Eliza, Doolittle’s daughter and the subject of Higgins’s diction experiment, conducted to win a wager."

- Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader

"Elizabeth Telford is spot on as Eliza, the flower girl turned lady, both in her acting and singing numbers--knocking it out of the park with 'I Could Have Danced all Night.'"

- Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Chicago Now


"So happy to see Telford back on L.O.W.s stage again as the beautiful Eliza with her strong, lovely voice who finally wins over London's most eligible bachelor."

- Mira Temkin, Chicago Tribune

"...production is world-class, featuring terrific singers and two fine performances with Nick Sandys as Higgins and Elizabeth Telford as Eliza. Telford establishes the wretched flower girl’s desire to become a lady in the lovely “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” In “I Could Have Danced All Night” Telford expresses her enchantment for Higgins. Elizabeth Telford is a worthy Eliza." 

- Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

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My Fair Lady

Light Opera Works

Evanston, IL

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