The hit Australian revival of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, directed by original Eliza Doolittle, Julie Andrews, will play a 2017 Sydney return engagement after playing stops in Brisbane and Melbourne.
The announcement was made by producer John Frost during the November 5 closing-night performance in Sydney. My Fair Lady opened September 6.
The production arrives in Brisbane in March 2017, followed by a May debut in Melbourne. My Fair Lady will return to Sydney in August for a limited, three-week encore engagement.
The cast features three-time Olivier winner Alex Jennings as Professor Higgins, young Australian star Anna O’Byrne as Eliza, Reg Livermore as Alfred P. Doolittle, Robyn Nevin as Mrs. Higgins, Mark Vincent as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Tony Llewellyn-Jones as Colonel Hugh Pickering, and Deidre Rubenstein as Mrs. Pearce.
The creative team includes set designer Oliver Smith, costume designer Cecil Beaton, Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, musical director Guy Simpson, lighting designer Richard Pilbrow, and sound designer Michael Waters.
My Fair Lady, according to press notes, tells “the tale of a Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle whose world was forever changed by the brilliant and demanding phoneticist, Professor Higgins.”
The original production of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical was directed by playwright Moss Hart, who created a theatre legend when he closeted himself with Andrews at the New Amsterdam Theatre and coached her to create the role that became an icon of musical theatre.