Mind your language! My Fair Lady returns to Broadway at Lincoln Center

//Mind your language! My Fair Lady returns to Broadway at Lincoln Center
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Mind your language! My Fair Lady returns to Broadway at Lincoln Center

A My Fair Lady revival on Broadway — oh, wouldn’t it be loverly?

It’s been a quarter-century since My Fair Lady was last revived on Broadway, but lovers of the great musical classics have had their prayers answered when the Lerner & Loewe jewel opened in a Lincoln Center Theater production staged by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

Lauren Ambrose, a two-time Emmy nominee for her performance in Six Feet Under headlines the Lincoln Center Theater revival of My Fair Lady. She’ll take on the role of Eliza Doolittle under Bartlett Sher’s direction.

The biggest star in Lincoln Center’s upcoming revival of “My Fair Lady” isn’t playing Eliza Doolittle or Henry Higgins: She’s playing Mrs. Higgins, Henry’s elegant mother.   Diana Rigg has returned to the New York stage for the first time in 24 years in a role seldom associated with an actress of her stature.

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Joining her as Professor Henry Higgins, the linguist who sets out to transform the cockney flower girl into a properly speaking British woman, will be U.K. stage actor Harry Hadden-Paton in his New York stage debut.

Also taking on the featured roles of the professor’s mother Mrs. Higgins and Eliza’s father Alfred P. Doolittle are a pair of Tony winners: Game of Thrones alum Diana Rigg and Norbert Leo Butz.

 

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Hadden-Paton heads to Broadway after appearing in the West End in The Importance of Being Earnest, Flare Path, and The Pride. His screen credits include The Crown and Downton Abbey.

Butz recently starred Off-Broadway in The Whirligig. A Tony winner for Catch Me If You Can and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, he returns to LCT after a Tony-nominated turn in the short-lived Thou Shalt Not. His additional Broadway credits include Big Fish, Wicked, and Speed-the-Plow.

Rigg is no stranger to this particular story, having played both Mrs. Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in West End productions of Pygmalion (in 2011 and 1974, respectively). The stage veteran won a Tony Award in 1994 for Medea after earning nods for The Misanthrope and Abelard and Heloise. On screen, she is known for her Emmy-nominated performances in Game of Thrones (as Lady Olenna Tyrell) and The Avengers.

The story of a cockney flower girl passed off as aristocracy as part of a bet between phonetics scholar Professor Henry Higgins and his chum Colonel Pickering also became a screen classic in 1964, with Harrison reprising his stage role alongside Audrey Hepburn for director George Cukor.

The score includes such evergreen songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

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