Celebrate with LOTS OF CHOC’LATES FOR YOU TO EAT because the legendary Lerner and Lowe classic My Fair Lady is officially coming back to Broadway for the very first time in 25 years staring Spring 2018. This new production will be produced by Lincoln Center Theater and directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.
The new revival has also announced it’s official start dates and a Theater. Previews will begin on March 22nd, 2018 and will officially open on April 19th, 2018 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre (in the heart of Lincoln Center).
MY FAIR LADY is Lerner and Lowe’s musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play PYGMALLION telling the story of a poor peasant flower girl named Eliza Doolittle who has been forced by a phonetics professor to learn how to be a “proper lady” and be raised by high society. The musical features some of the most beloved songs ever written for the Theaters including WOULDN’T IT BE LOVERLY, WITH A BIT OF LUCK, THE RAIN IN SPAIN, and the show’s signature song I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT.
The show premiered on Broadway in 1956 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre (now the Times Square Church) starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison in their breakout Broadway performances. It later transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre and Broadway Theatre during it’s original run of 2,717 performances. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards that year winning 6 including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (for Rex Harrison).
MY FAIR LADY was later revived 3 times on Broadway. The first revival happened in 1976 starring Christine Andreas, Ian Richardson, and George Rose at the St. James Theatre and later the Lunt Fontanne Theatre where it played a total of 384 performances. It was nominated for 2 Tonys that year both for Best Performance By A Leading Actor in a Musical (which went to George Rose).
The 2nd revival happened in 1981 at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin Theatre) starring Nancy Ringham and Rex Harrison (reprising his acclaimed original role) running for 120 performances. It only had 1 Tony nomination of Best Revival of a Musical (but lost the category).
The most recent revival happened in 1993 at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre) starring Melissa Errico and Richard Chamberlain running for a total of 181 performances. It received no Tonys that year.
Besides it’s triumph on Broadway, MY FAIR LADY is well known as an iconic 1964 musical film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison (reprising his Broadway performance on screen). The film went on to win 8 Oscars that year including Best Picture and Best Actor (for Rex Harrison who also made history as one of the few actors ever to win a Tony and Oscar for the same role). For the original film, Julie Andrews (who was the original “Eliza” on Broadway) won the Best Actress Oscar also that same year for Mary Poppins.
Who is excited to see a musical classic back on Broadway?!
Well, this is loverly news: My Fair Lady is officially coming to the Great White Way. Tony winner Bartlett Sher is helming a new production …
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