My Fair Lady, the classic Broadway musical with a score by Alan Jay Learner and Frederick Loewe and based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, will be receiving a Broadway revival at Lincoln Center this spring. Under the direction of Bartlett Sher, Lauren Ambrose has been cast as the cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, Harry Haddon-Paton as the chauvinistic Professor Henry Higgins, Diana Riggs as his mother Mrs. Higgins, and Norbert Leo Butz will portray the besotted dustman Alfred P. Doolittle. Recently announced, additional casting for the revival includes Allan Corduner as the kindly Colonel Pickering, Linda Mugleston as the prim Mrs. Pearce, and Jordan Donica takes on the role of Freddie Eynsford-Hill, singing one of the show’s most-beloved numbers “On the Street Where You Live. “
Linda Mugleston, who has had a long and illustrious career on Broadway, has appeared more-recently in Hello, Dolly!, Beautiful, On the Twentieth Century, and Cinderella. Donica has appeared in several national tours and appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera. Corduner was seen in the Broadway production of Titanic and has been a staple of West End and regional productions.
With Sher (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, The King and I) at the helm, My Fair Lady will feature choreography by Christopher Gattelli. The design team includes Michael Yeargan on scenery, Catherine Zuber on costumes, Donald Holder on lighting, and Marc Salzberg on sound. My Fair Lady will also feature a 29-piece orchestra under music director Ted Sperling. The production will employ the original music arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang, as well as the dance arrangements by Trude Rittmann.
My Fair Lady opened on Broadway in 1956, with Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, and Stanley Holloway in the leads. The story follows a cockney flower girl from Covent Gardens who happens upon a phonetics professor who makes a bet that he can turn this “squashed cabbage leaf into a duchess at the embassy ball.” Featuring some of Broadway’s most-beloved songs, including “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”, My Fair Lady won six Tony Awards including Best Musical. It was turned into a film starring Harrison, Holloway, and Audrey Hepburn.
The Lincoln Center Theatre production will begin previews on March 15 with an April 19, 2018 opening at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com