Practice your poise for the poshest event in history! My Fair Lady will grace the Steven Tanger Center’s stage on January 26-28, continuing its years-long North American tour. What makes a proper lady? Her stylish dresses? Or perhaps her sparkling gems? No, my good audience, it is her language! Come and take speech classes with Eliza Doolittle (Madeline Powell) and Professor Henry Higgins (Jonathan Grunert) in this three-hour tale of manners and metamorphosis that explores the ever-changing state of human nature. Featuring the original book and score by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, director Bartlett Sherr presents a modernized version of the 1956 classic. From enthralling hits like “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” to Tony Award-winning costumes by Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady reclaims its place in theater canon as a veracious feast for both eyes and ears. Mind the time! Reserve your seats soon for My Fair Lady’s jaunt at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in the last week of January.
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“Thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was. Eliza is a hero for our moment.” – The New York Times
“A sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time.” – Entertainment Weekly
“A beloved show comes alive in all its glory to end the theater season on a high.” – Variety
Spread your wings and do a thousand things you’ve never done before with Broadway’s feistiest flower girl! Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady will host a riveting round of shows at the Steven Tanger Center from January 26th till the 28th.
Our story begins with Eliza Doolittle–a Cockney girl with dreams of the high life–selling flowers in the streets of Edwardian London. She then crosses paths with the abrasive Professor Higgins, who, appalled by the poor lass’ manner of speech, takes on the challenge of mentoring her into upper-class shape. Day in and day out, Eliza practices her phonetics, bonding closer with the professor and his colleague, Colonel Pickering. Soon, the embassy ball is upon them, and with it, the final test for our former guttersnipe. Will she pass with flying colors? Or will she find herself a fish out of water amongst the ball’s elites?
My Fair Lady tells a timeless tale of transformation, class, and gender politics in three hours of exquisitely outfitted dance numbers swirling to the most beautiful renditions of Lerner and Loewe’s songs, such as “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.”
Madeline Powell, in her national tour debut, will star as our bubbly lady-in-training Eliza Doolittle. Opposite her is Jonathan Grunert, filling in the role of the arrogant linguistics professor Henry Higgins, as well as a charming cast of colorful characters:
- John Adkinson as Colonel Pickering
- Madeline Brennan as Mrs. Pearce
- Nathan Haltiwanger as Freddy Eynsford-Hill
- Michael Hegarty as Alfred P. Doolittle
- Becky Saunders as Mrs. Higgins
- Ashley Agrusa, Anna Backer & Allyson Gishi as Higgins’ Maids
- Blair Beasley as Ms. Clara Eynsford-Hill
- Timothy Scott Brausch as Mrs. Higgins’ Servant
- Daniel James Canaday as Professor Zoltan Karpathy
- William Warren Carver, Richard Coleman, Mark Mitrano & Charlie Tingen as The “Loverly” Quartet
- Diana Craig as Queen of Transylvania
- Andrew Fehrenbacher as Frank the Bartender
- Sam Griffin as Charles
- Maeghin Mueller as Mrs. Hopkins
- Sami Murphy as Lady Boxington
- Kevin D. O’neil as Harry
- Torinae as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
- Cullen J. Zeno as Constables
“It’s a classic Cinderella story. I think audiences love seeing the transformation. I think they love seeing somebody learn about themselves and about the world and, that’s kind of what you get with the lines of the story,” actor Jonathan Grunert reflects on the musical’s enduring nature.
My Fair Lady’s first production opened in 1956 and closed in 1962. The story is based on Pygmalion, the 1913 play by Nobel Prize winner George Bernard Shaw. With a record-setting 2717 performances, the run became the highest-grossing Broadway show of the time. It won 6 out of 10 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical.
The production’s roaring success set off a chain of domestic tours and revivals from the 1960s to the early 1990s. It also brought forth several overseas replicas, which include an acclaimed West End series and stints in Germany, France, and Australia. These shows often appeared in major award circuits such as the Tonys, Drama Desk, and Laurence Olivier.
In 1964, a film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn as Eliza dominated the Academy Awards, winning in the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor categories, among others.
“This garlanded production is the definition of a comforting night out at the theatre.” – The Guardian
“I could have stayed all night watching this splendid production.” – NY1
Twenty-five years since its last Broadway revival, My Fair Lady returned to the spotlight in 2018, helmed by American theater legend Bartlett Sher. It won three major awards (including a Tony) in Costume Design for Catherine Zuber’s work, in addition to three Outstanding Revival awards from the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle.
This new run features the original book and score by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. It also employs Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (Choreography), Michael Yeargan (Scenic Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), and an expansive team of backstage experts:
- Samantha Saltzman – Associate Director
- Jim Cooney – Associate Choreographer
- Ted Sperling – Music Supervisor
- Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams – Associate Set Designer
- Marc Salzberg & Beth Lake – Sound Design
- Tom Watson – Hair and Wigs
- Binder Casting – Casting
- Robert Russell Bennett – Orchestrations, 1894-1981
- Philip J. Lang – Orchestrations, 1911-1986
- Trude Rittmann – Dance & Incidental Music Arrangements, 1908-2005
- Josh Clayton & Larry Blank – New Orchestrations
- Talitha Fehr – Music Coordinator
- David Andrews Rogers – Music Director/Conductor
- Rebecca Radziejeski – Production Stage Manager
- Anna Klevit – Assistant Stage Manager
- Soldanela Rivera – Company Manager
- Joanne Holdeman – Assistant Company Manager/COVID Safety Manager
- Andrew Terlizzi – General Manager
- Gregg Damanti – Production Manager
- The Booking Group – Tour Booking Agency
- Neuro Tour – Physical Therapy
- Troika Entertainment – Producer
The 2018 revival embarked on a North American tour in December 2019, with projected dates up to April 2024, including a three-day stop here in Greensboro, North Carolina.
You are cordially invited to My Fair Lady’s grand entrance on January 26th-28th, 2024, at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Make your reservations soon, and do remember to practice your vowels!