My Fair Lady
Previews start March 15, 2018
My Fair Lady
Running Time: TBA
Lincoln Center Theater, in association with Nederlander Presentations, Inc., will mount a new production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY, the first Broadway production of the classic musical in 25 years. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, MY FAIR LADY, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956. The legendary original production, directed by Moss Hart and designed by Oliver Smith and Cecil Beaton, starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and ran for 2,717 performances, making it, at the time, the longest-running musical in Broadway history. The classic score includes: “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” and more.
PLEASE NOTE: My Fair Lady's performance schedule changes periodically.
Monday: No Performance
Wednesday: 2PM & 8PM
Saturday: 2PM & 8PM
Musical, Student & Family Friendly
Vivian Beaumont Theater (65th Street b/t Broadway and Amsterdam)
50 Lincoln Center Plaza (150 West 65th Street New York, NY 10036)
LAUREN AMBROSE- Eliza Doolittle
Lincoln Center Theater: Awake and Sing!. Broadway: Exit the King. Off-Broadway: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Ophelia in Hamlet, both at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. A two-time Emmy Award nominee for her performance in the HBO series “Six Feet Under,” her other film and television credits include Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze, Wanderlust, Sleepwalk with Me, Starting Out in the Evening, I’m Coming Over, The River, “Torchwood,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “The X-Files.”
HARRY HADDEN-PATON – Henry Higgins
Harry Hadden-Paton will be making his New York stage debut in Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. His UK theater credits include in the West End- The Importance of Being Earnest (Ian Charleson Award nomination), Flare Path, and The Pride. Off-West End: She Stoops to Conquer at The Royal National Theatre, Posh at The Royal Court, The Changeling at The Young Vic, and The Prince of Homburg at The Donmar Warehouse. Known to U.S. television audiences for his portrayals of Bertie Pelham on “Downton Abbey” and Martin Charteris on “The Crown,” his other TV credits include “Versailles,” “Wallander,”and “Grantchester.” Film: The Little Stranger, About Time, The Hollow Crown, The Deep Blue Sea, In the Loop, and La Vie en Rose.
NORBERT LEO BUTZ - Alfred P. Doolittle
LCT: Thou Shalt Not (Tony Award nomination). Broadway: Big Fish, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can (Tony Award), Enron, Speed-the-Plow, Is He Dead?, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award), Wicked, Rent. Off-Broadway: The Whirligig, How I Learned to Drive, Fifty Words, Buicks (Drama Desk nomination), Carousel (Carnegie Hall), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk nomination), Juno and the Paycock. Film: Better Living Through Chemistry, The English Teacher, Disconnect, Greetings from Tim Buckley, Higher Ground, Fair Game. TV: “Mercy Street,” “Bloodline,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU.”
DIANA RIGG - Mrs. Higgins
Broadway: Medea (Tony Award), The Misanthrope (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Abelard and Heloise (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Britannicus and Phaedra (BAM). National tour: Colette, King Lear. Her many London theater credits include West End: Pygmalion (Mrs. Higgins, 2011/Eliza Doolittle, 1974), Honour, Suddenly, Last Summer, Follies, Heartbreak House, Night and Day, Macbeth, Abelard and Heloise; National Theatre: Humble Boy, Mother Courage and her Children, The Misanthrope, Jumpers; Almeida Theatre: Britannicus, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (also West End), Medea (also West End), Phaedra; RSC: Twelfth Night, King Lear. Film: Breathe, The Honourable Rebel, The Painted Veil, Heidi, Parting Shots, A Good Man in Africa, Snow White, Evil Under the Sun, The Great Muppet Caper, A Little Night Music, Theatre of Blood, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Assassination Bureau, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Extensive TV credits include PBS Masterpiece’s “Victoria” (currently as Duchess of Buccleuch), “Game of Thrones” (3 Emmy nominations), “Extras,” “Victoria & Albert” (Emmy nomination), “The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries,” “Rebecca” (Emmy Award), “Screen Two” (Cable Ace Award), “Mother Love” (BAFTA Award), “Bleak House,” “Diana,” “The Avengers.” She was named a Commander of the British Empire in 1988 and a Dame of the British Empire in 2004.
ALAN JAY LERNER - Book and Lyrics
Alan Jay Lerner wrote the following plays with Frederick Loewe: Life of the Party, What’s Up, The Day Before Spring, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi. He also wrote Love Life with Kurt Weill, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmelina with Burton Lane, Coco with Andre Previn, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Leonard Bernstein, and Dance a Little Closer with Charles Strouse. He wrote the libretto and/or lyrics for the following films: An American in Paris, Gigi, The Little Prince, Royal Wedding, and film versions of his plays. He wrote two books: The Street Where I Live and The Musical Theatre: A Celebration. Mr. Lerner died in 1986.
FREDERICK LOEWE - Music
Frederick Loewe wrote the scores for some of America’s most memorable musicals, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, and Gigi. Among his most famous songs with lyricist-partner Alan Jay Lerner are “Almost Like Being in Love,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.” A musical prodigy, Loewe was born in Berlin in 1901 and, at 13, was the youngest piano soloist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. Struggling to find work on Broadway after arriving in the U.S. in 1924, Loewe worked at odd jobs and wrote with several other lyricists until approaching Lerner at New York’s Lambs Club in 1942 about collaborating on a show – thus beginning one of Broadway’s most extraordinary partnerships. Loewe died in Palm Springs in 1988.
BARTLETT SHER - Director
Bartlett Sher is Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater, where his productions include J.T. Rogers’ Oslo (Tony nomination), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I (Tony nomination), Golden Boy (Tony nomination), Blood & Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nomination), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards), Awake and Sing! (Tony nomination), and The Light in the Piazza (Tony nomination). He directed the recent Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Bridges of Madison County (also Williamstown Theatre Festival), as well as New York productions of Prayer for My Enemy and The Butterfly Collection (Playwrights Horizons); Cymbeline (Callaway Award, co-produced with the RSC); Waste (Best Play Obie Award); and Don Juan and Pericles (Theatre for a New Audience). While Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre from 2000 –2009, he directed 20 productions including works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Shaw, Wilder, Goldoni, and Kushner, among others. Opera: Romeo et Juliet, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore, Two Boys, Otello (Metropolitan Opera); Faust (Baden Baden); Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival and La Scala); Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera and New York City Opera), Two Boys (ENO). Upcoming productions include Adam Guettel’s new musical Millions.
CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI – Choreographer
LCT: The King and I (Tony nomination), South Pacific (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Broadway: Newsies (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC awards for Best Choreography), Sunday in the Park with George, Casa Valentina, 13, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, High Fidelity. West End: Silence! The Musical; Sunday in the Park with George; tick, tick...BOOM! Off-Broadway: Dogfight (Lortel Award), Altar Boyz (Lortel, Callaway awards; DD nom.), Bat Boy: The Musical (Lortel Award), tick, tick...BOOM! Film: Hail, Caesar! by the Coen Brothers.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW - Author of the play, Pygmalion
George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin and moved to London in 1876, where he established himself as a leading music and theater critic, novelist and playwright. An ardent socialist, he fought for equal rights for men and women and against the exploitation of the working class. Most of his writings examine these injustices. In addition to Candida, his major plays (he wrote over 50) include The Doctor's Dilemma, You Never Can Tell, Mrs. Warren's Profession, The Devil's Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra, Misalliance, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, Androcles and the Lion, Pygmalion, Heartbreak House and Saint Joan. Shaw received the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature and an Academy Award for the screenplay of Pygmalion in l938. The most comprehensive current biography of Shaw is Michael Holroyd's four-volume biography Bernard Shaw.
TED SPERLING - Music Direction
LCT: The King and I, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk awards), A Man of No Importance, A New Brain, My Favorite Year. Broadway: Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Titanic (actor), Kiss of the Spider Woman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Drood, Sunday in the Park with George. Off- Broadway: Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, Striking 12, See What I Wanna See (director); Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Romance in Hard Times (music director). Artistic director, MasterVoices; principal conductor, Westchester Philharmonic; creative director of the 24 Hour Musicals.