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MY FAIR LADY Returns To Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater 2018 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

My Fair Lady, the popular musical hasn’t been seen on Broadway in almost 25 years; it will return to Broadway next year in a Lincoln Center Theater production to be directed by Bartlett Sher, the Tony-winning director behind LCT’s successful revivals of South Pacific and The King and I. Previews will begin Thursday, March 22, 2018 and open on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York.

Three-time Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize in Drama winner Sheldon Harnick- composer of Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Fiorello!, Rex, and countless more with Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winning director Bartlett Sher, Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, opening night, New York, December 20, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, premiered on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on March 15, 1956. The legendary original production, directed by Moss Hart and designed by Oliver Smith and Cecil Beaton, starred Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and ran for 2,717 performances, making it, at the time, the longest-running musical in Broadway history.

Boasting a score that contains classic songs 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,” My Fair Lady was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best musicals of the century,” and by the NY Herald Tribune as “a miraculous musical.” It has frequently been called “the perfect musical”.

Bartlett Sher who will direct, is an acclaimed American theatre and opera director. He received both the 2008 Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for his direction of the Broadway revival of South Pacific. The New York Times has described him as “one of the most original and exciting directors, not only in the American theater but also in the international world of opera”. Sher has been nominated for Tony Awards in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015, winning in 2008.

Productions:
1956 Broadway (debut)
1958 London West End
1976 Broadway revival
1979 West End revival
1981 Broadway revival
1982 Madrid
1993 Broadway revival
1994 Utrecht
2001 West End revival
2005 U.K. Tour
2006 Apeldoorn
2007 Broadway concert
2007 U.S. Tour
2010 Paris Revival
2012 Spain Tour
2016 Australian Revival
An Oscar-winning film version was made in 1964, directed by George Cukor and with Harrison again in the part of Higgins. The casting of Audrey Hepburn instead of Julie Andrews as Eliza was controversial, partly because theatregoers regarded Andrews as perfect for the part and partly because Hepburn’s singing voice was dubbed (by Marni Nixon). Jack L. Warner, the head of Warner Bros., which produced the film, wanted “a star with a great deal of name recognition”, but since Julie Andrews did not have any film experience, he thought a movie with her would not be as successful. (Andrews went on to star in Mary Poppins that same year for which she won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Actress.) Lerner in particular disliked the film version of the musical, thinking it did not live up to the standards of Moss Hart’s original direction. He was also unhappy with the casting of Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle and that the film was shot in its entirety at the Warner Bros. studio rather than, as he would have preferred, in London. My Fair Lady went on to win eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture of the Year, Best Actor for Rex Harrison, and Best Director for George Cukor.

My Fair Lady on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York, March 15, 1956, original poster.

Alan Jay Lerner wrote the following plays with Frederick Loewe: Life of the Party, What’s Up, The Day Before Spring, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi. He also wrote Love Life with Kurt Weill, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmelina with Burton Lane, Coco with Andre Previn, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Leonard Bernstein, and Dance a Little Closer with Charles Strouse. He wrote the libretto and/or lyrics for the following films: An American in Paris, Gigi, The Little Prince, Royal Wedding, and film versions of his plays. He wrote two books: On the Street Where I Live and The Musical Theatre: A Celebration. Mr. Lerner died in 1986.
Frederick Loewe wrote the scores for some of America’s most memorable musicals, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, and Gigi. Among his most famous songs with lyricist-partner Alan Jay Lerner are “Almost Like Being in Love,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.” A musical prodigy, Loewe was born in Berlin in 1901 and, at 13, was the youngest piano soloist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. Struggling to find work on Broadway after arriving in the U.S. in 1924, Loewe worked at odd jobs and wrote with several other lyricists until approaching Lerner at New York’s Lambs Club in 1942 about collaborating on a show – thus beginning one of Broadway’s most extraordinary partnerships. Loewe died in Palm Springs in 1988.
Bartlett Sher is Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater, where his productions include J.T. Rogers’ Oslo (returning for a Broadway run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I (Tony nomination), Golden Boy (Tony nomination), Blood & Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nomination), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards), Awake and Sing! (Tony nomination), and The Light in the Piazza (Tony nomination). He directed the recent Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Bridges of Madison County (also Williamstown), as well as New York productions of Prayer for My Enemy and The Butterfly Collection (Playwrights Horizons); Cymbeline (Callaway Award, co-produced with the RSC); Waste (Best Play Obie Award); and Don Juan and Pericles (Theatre for a New Audience). While Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre from 2000 -2009, he directed 20 productions including works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Shaw, Wilder, Goldoni, and Kushner, among others. Opera: Romeo et Juliet, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore, Two Boys, Otello (Metropolitan Opera); Faust (Baden Baden); Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival and La Scala);Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera and New York City Opera), Two Boys (ENO). Upcoming productions include Adam Guettel’s new musical Millions.
Lincoln Center Theatre, now celebrating its 32nd year, is one of New York’s favorite not-for-profit theaters, with productions at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont, Mitzi E. Newhouse and Claire Tow Theaters, and other theaters on and off Broadway, as well as touring productions nationally and around the world, TV and film projects and original cast recordings. LCT is currently producing Sarah Ruhl’s new play How To Transcend a Happy Marriage at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, the LCT3 production of Bryna Turner’s Bull in a China Shop at the Claire Tow Theater, the Broadway engagement of its hit production of J.T. Rogers’ Oslo at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, and is co-producing the new Broadway revival of Tennesee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, starring Sally Field. Upcoming productions include Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline and Ayad Akhtar’s Junk.
Nederlander Presentation, Inc. is a production division of the multinational theatrical entities owned by James L. Nederlander. Prominent for three generations in management and operation of theatres and productions of distinguished entertainment, they have produced innumerable plays, musicals, operas, ballets and concerts. The Nederlanders also own a notable chain of legitimate theatres. Currently in their Broadway venues are Wicked, Disney’s The Lion King, Hamilton, On Your Feet!, Waitress, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, War Paint, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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