“All I want is a room somewhere” is a lyric from the beloved Broadway musical My Fair Lady. The touring company of the Lincoln Center Theatre production of the Lerner and Loewe classic has found that “room somewhere” for a Chicago berth. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the My Fair Lady tour will play Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) from March 24 – April 12, 2020. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 17.
My Fair Lady is adapted from the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion, telling the story of a cockney flower girl named Eliza who has a chance encounter with a phonetics professor names Henry Higgins who asserts that he can change her station life simply by teaching her the art of proper speech. When the girl asks him to make good on his boast, she begins lessons and battle of wits ensues, resulting in an unconventional friendship and Eliza succeeding beyond what anyone imagined possible. The time-honored Lerner and Loewe score sings with such standards as “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,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”
Lincoln Center Theater’sproduction ofMy Fair Lady is the winner of 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of Musical. The revival was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, 5 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical Revival and 3 Drama League Awards including Best Musical Revival. The production, which premiered in the spring of 2018, recently ended its long run at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on July 7, 2019 after playing 548 performances.
My Fair Lady features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, and has sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Marc Salzberg. Music supervision is by Ted Sperling, featuring My Fair Lady’s original musical arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang, and dance arrangements by Trude Rittmann. Tour Orchestrations are by Josh Clayton and music direction is by John Bell. The tour is produced by Nederlander Presentations, Inc.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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