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June 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm #1202118631
One question that is persistently on my mind; any theories on who will play Eliza Dolittle in next year’s My Fair Lady revival? With Bartlett Sher at the helm, it promises to be a delightful show, so who do we think will play the leads?June 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm #1202118795
In a recent interview with Broadway Box, Bartlett Sher is only going to find a Henry Higgins first before he moves on to Eliza Doolittle…http://www.broadwaybox.com/daily-scoop/seven-questions-with-tony-winning-director-bart-sher/June 29, 2017 at 1:09 pm #1202136810
Colin Firth is apparently still in the running to play Henry Higgins…
http://nypost.com/2017/06/29/broadway-still-pleading-for-colin-firth-to-star-in-my-fair-lady/August 23, 2017 at 5:55 am #1202192633
Rumor has it that Lauren Ambrose will be playing Eliza Doolittle…
What makes this interesting is that Ambrose was set to star as Fanny Brice in Bartlett Sher’s production of Funny Girl that was suppose to take place several years ago, but sadly fell apart.August 23, 2017 at 6:33 am #1202192672
She’s certainly a strong actress, but from the vocal performances of hers I’ve seen, I have to wonder if she’s got the range for Eliza. But if she does end up with the role, surely Sher’s casting choices deserve the benefit of the doubt for now.
My dream casting is still Phillipa Soo. She could go from Eliza Hamilton to Eliza Doolittle.August 23, 2017 at 8:26 am #1202192819
I’m not so sure about Phillipa Soo for two reasons:
1. Can she sing a standard musical theater score? As of now, her only major credits have been contemporary musicals such as The Great Comet, Hamilton, and Amelie. She will be performing in Of Thee I Sing at Carnegie Hall in November, so we’ll see.
2. Bartlett Sher doesn’t really do colorblind casting in any of his productions (Ann Sanders as Anna Leonowens in The King & I doesn’t count, as she only understudied the role).August 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm #1202193228
I’ve also heard her do excellent versions of “I Cain’t Say No” and “Forget About the Boy”. She can unquestionably do traditional musical theater songs. She’s very versatile and her soprano is quite lovely.October 2, 2017 at 11:01 am #1202228318
According to one of the users on the BroadwayWorld message boards (who has said that he works for Lincoln Center Theater), we’re suppose to finally get a casting announcement this week.
Now Michael Musto has reported a rumor that Robert Downey, Jr. could be playing Henry Higgins…
http://www.newnownext.com/michael-musto-clockwork-orange-my-fair-lady/10/2017/October 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm #1202230823
Casting has finally been announced…
http://www.playbill.com/article/broadways-new-my-fair-lady-finds-its-stars-in-lauren-ambrose-and-harry-hadden-patonFebruary 5, 2018 at 7:10 am #1202487676
I’m currently doing a series on my blog titled ‘The Best Picture Backstory’, where I give the backstories behind several previous Best Picture winners. The way I’m doing them is by starting with the plot synopsis, followed by the how the film itself came to be, and end with its success on Oscar night.
Here’s my most recent post, and it is on the 1964 film version of My Fair Lady…
The Best Picture Backstory: MY FAIR LADY