Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Opera Australia and Commonwealth Bank present

My Fair Lady
Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Lowe

For Henry Higgins, professor of linguistics and confirmed misogynist, transforming a streeturchin into a lady is a trivial task, done to honour a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering. Until, of course, he meets the proud little cockney, Eliza Doolittle, and finds that his raw material might not be so easy to mould. Lerner and Loewe’s exuberant adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion was always destined to be a smash hit.

The irascible Henry Higgins, the irresistible Eliza Doolittle, and the glorious succession of show-stopping numbers from ‘I Could Have Danced All Night ’ to ‘Get Me to the Church On Time’ propelled this classic story into Broadway history.

Now My Fair Lady comes to Australia in a new production from the team that created The Pirates of Penzance.

Expect extravagant sets, outstanding performances, a virtuosic chorus and a veritable fashion parade of costumes.

In his musical theatre debut, acclaimed British film actor Richard E. Grant stars as Henry Higgins with one of Opera Australia’s brightest young talents, Taryn Fiebig, as Eliza. Nancye Hayes, who danced in the original Australian production at the start of her illustrious music theatre career, now joins the cast as the acerbic Mrs Higgins. This has all the ingredients for a ‘luvverly’ night in the theatre!

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