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Opera Australia – My Fair Lady


Wed 26 Jul 2017, 7:30pm
Thu 27 Jul 2017, 7:30pm
Fri 28 Jul 2017, 7:30pm
Sat 29 Jul 2017, 2:00pm
Sat 29 Jul 2017, 7:30pm

Where: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


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Ground-breaking, glorious and grand...

Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady comes, under the helm of Julie Andrews. Marking the show's 60th anniversary year, Opera Australia and John Frost join forces to honour the past and bring the beloved story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins to a new generation of theatre audiences.

The Cinderella story about the Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, and the appealingly arrogant phoneticist, Professor Higgins, is an endearing tale that charms audiences with its warmth and vivid characters.

The battle of cultures sparks some of the theatre's most jubilant songs and witty dialogue. The triumphant score features unforgettable numbers including 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly?', 'On the Street Where You Live', 'I Could Have Danced All Night', and 'Get Me to the Church on Time'.

In 1956, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's masterful retelling of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion took the world by storm. Playing the irresistible Eliza Doolittle was a young Julie Andrews, in only her second role on Broadway, a role that would catapult her into international stardom.
In a world first, Julie Andrews will direct a glorious production of My Fair Lady, teaming up with the Tony Award-winning Christopher Gattelli and associates of the musical's original designers, Cecil Beaton and Oliver Smith.

A stellar cast of Australian theatre royalty and emerging talent will be showcased in this truly momentous production. Leading the cast is acclaimed theatre, film and television actor Charles Edwards, as Professor Higgins. Most recently Edwards appeared in the popular television series Downton Abbey and has played leading roles on Broadway and the West End. The lead role of Eliza Doolittle is played by young Australian star Anna O’Byrne. O’Byrne has a growing international career spanning opera, theatre, concert and film and has had starring roles in theatre productions including Love Never Dies and The Phantom of the Opera.

The cast also includes the outstanding principal performers: Reg Livermore will play the role of Alfred P. Doolittle, Robyn Nevin will play Mrs. Higgins and Mark Vincent will play Freddy Eynsford-Hill. The role of Colonel Hugh Pickering will be played by Tony Llewellyn-Jones and Deidre Rubenstein will play Mrs. Pearce.

This is a theatre event not to be missed.

Book & Lyrics - Alan Jay Lerner
Music By Frederick Loewe
Adapted From George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion

Director - Julie Andrews
Choreographer - Christopher Gattelli
Set Designer - Oliver Smith
Costume Designer - Cecil Beaton
Scenic Supervision - Rosaria Sinisi
Costume Recreation - John David Ridge
Lighting Designer - Richard Pilbrow
Sound Designer - Michael Waters
Hair and Wig Designer - John Isaacs
Make-up Designer - Rick Sharp
Musical Director - Guy Simpson
Associate Scenic Supervisor - Naomi Berger
Associate Lighting Designer - Michael Gottlieb
Associate Choreographer - Stephen Bienskie
Associate Director - Karen Johnson Mortimer

Presented By Opera Australia & John Frost with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation as the production’s official charity partner.