“My Fair Lady” is arguably the most perfect musical ever staged. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” it tells the story of Henry Higgins, a middle-aged linguistics scholar who takes a bet that he can take a poor, uneducated young street woman, Miss Eliza Doolittle, and give her the manners and speech of a high society lady in just a few months. The musical adaptation retained the wittiness and social commentary of Shaw’s original play, while giving it a wholly magnificent score.

The latest revival of “My Fair Lady” succeeds in bringing the show to life with freshness. All the most important elements are in place, including solid performances by Christopher Cazenove as Prof. Higgins and Lisa O’Hare as Miss Doolittle.

Tim Jerome in the role of Eliza’s wastrel father is performed with fantastic exuberance. For all theatergoers weary of yet another hackneyed revival of an old classic, rest assured, this is an exception.

The Ahmanson Theatre is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.centertheatregroup.org.