After out-of-town tryouts in New Haven and Philadelphia, Lerner and Loewe’s remarkable retelling of George Bernard Shaw’sPygmalion premièred in New York and redefined the form of musical theatre.
It was in fact the birth of “event theatre” as we know it today.My Fair Lady was a success like no other show. It won six Tony awards, ran for six years on Broadway, replica productions opened in London’s Drury Lane Theatre in 1958, and in Melbourne’s famous Her Majesty’s Theatre in January 1959. So successful was the production in Australia, that concurrent companies were formed in Sydney and in Melbourne to attempt to keep up with the public’s insatiable demand for tickets.
Playing the role of Eliza Doolittle in New York and London was a young Julie Andrews. It was only her second role on Broadway and the role that would define her career, and help catapult her to international stardom.
Now, in the 60th anniversary year of the Broadway première, and in the 60th birthday year of Opera Australia, we have teamed again with John Frost to recreate that sensational 1956 production with none other than Dame Julie Andrews at the helm as director. Ms Andrews joins with the Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific 2012–2013), and associates of designers Cecil Beaton and Oliver Smith to pass the remarkable story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins to the next generation of music theatre lovers.
A stellar cast of Australian theatre royalty will be especially assembled forMy Fair Lady. Event theatre – not to be missed.
Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picturePygmalion
Director Julie Andrews
Choreographer Christopher Gattelli
Set Design Oliver Smith
Costume Design Cecil Beaton
Sound Designer Michael Waters
Scenic Supervision Rosaria Sinisi
Assistant to Ms. Sinisi Naomi Berger
Costumes recreated by John David Ridge