Julie Andrews’ new gig: Julie Andrews Direct
Published: August 6, 2015
Julie Andrews’ new gig: Julie Andrews Direct, Dame Julie Andrews – the original Eliza Doolittle – has announced she will direct a 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady in Sydney next year.
“I am thrilled to have been asked to direct My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House in August 2016,” she said in a statement.
“I look forward to coming to Sydney this November to cast the production and begin the process of bringing this great musical to life once again.”
Rex Harrison offers Julie Andrews a gift in a scene from the Broadway musical My Fair Lady at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York. Photo: Museum of the City of New York
Andrews will be working alongside Tony-award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli (The King and I, South Pacific) and Opera Australia’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini to revive the musical that made her famous.
“To think that Broadway’s original Eliza Doolittle will direct our new production at the Sydney Opera House 60 years later will, I’m sure, excite both Australian and international audiences,” producer John Frost said.
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical debuted on Broadway in 1956 to critical acclaim and became an instant hit, setting a record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history.
A retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady tells the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who takes speech lessons with the arrogant but charming phoneticist Henry Higgins in order to pass as a lady.
The musical produced well-known numbers such as “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”.
It has since undergone numerous revivals and was adapted into a 1964 film starring Audrey Hepburn.
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