My Fair Lady comes to the Sydney Opera House in August 2016, celebrating the beloved original production, written by Lerner and Loewe, with an outstanding cast under the direction of Julie Andrews.
My Fair Lady will star Alex Jennings as Henry Higgins and Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolittle.
The cast also includes Mark Vincent, Tony Llewellyn Jones, Reg Livermore, Robin Nevin and Deidre Rubinstein.
A NOTE FROM THE PRODUCERS: John Frost & Lyndon Terracini
“In 2016, we are proud to be recreating the 1956 Broadway production of My Fair Lady. After many conversations the idea was broached about recreating the original production in its entirety. The challenge we had as establishing what remained of ground plans, the costume and set designs and the original creative team and cast.
And so began the slow process of uncovering all the elements that had made the original so great. Trips to Wisconsin, London, New York City and Los Angeles were made and hours were spend trawling over drawings, costume and set designs in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Arts Centre Melbourne Performing Arts Collection just to name a few. Cold calls were made and leads were given as the journey unfolded. Along the way the team were fortunate enough to meet with the previous assistants of Cecil Beaton (the original costume designer) and Oliver Smith (the original set designer), who uncovered important materials that made recreating the magic of the 1956 Broadway production a step closer to reality.
Now, after many years of research and collaboration we are delighted to say we are on track to unveil a recreation of the 1956 Broadway production of My Fair Lady with none other than the world-renowned Dame Julie Andrews as the show’s director. Julie Andrew’s involvement is a remarkable coup for the production and for Australia. For the very first time the lady who created and made the role of Eliza Doolittle so famous will direct a new Eliza and introduce a new generation of people to one of the world’s most loved and most successful productions.
This recreation could have opened on any stage around the world, and it is with great pride that we will premiere it in Sydney.”