Julie Andrews directs My Fair Lady in Brisbane
LERNER and Loewe's My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, will play a season in Brisbane following the Sydney season.
The production will travel to Brisbane's Lyric Theatre, QPAC, from March 12, 2017.
Tickets for the season will go on sale in October, 2016.
Young Australian performer Anna O'Byrne will star as Eliza Doolittle with the full cast to be announced later this year.
Anna was cast by Andrew Lloyd Webber to create the role of Christine Daaé in Love Never Dies, his sequel to The Phantom of the Opera and has since gone on to enjoy an international career spanning opera, theatre, concert and film.
Julie Andrews, who created the original role of Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway and London productions directed by the legendary Moss Hart, said My Fair Lady was one of the great musicals from Broadway's golden age.
Associates of the original design team have come onboard for this production to help bring to life once again the stunning sets by Oliver Smith and glorious costumes by Cecil Beaton.
Contributing to the creative team is Tony-award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, musical director Guy Simpson, lighting design by Broadway and West End legend Richard Pilbrow and sound design by Michael Waters.
Renowned producer John Frost said:
"The response we have had to the Sydney season has been truly overwhelming ... this 2016 recreation of My Fair Lady has been more than a decade in the making and we are excited to share it with Australian audiences.”
Producer Lyndon Terracini, the artistic director of Opera Australia, said the brilliant musical charmed audiences with its warmth and vivid characters.
"It is indeed a privilege to work with Julie Andrews and we are thrilled that Brisbane and Melbourne audiences will have the opportunity to see the magic she has created for this new production of My Fair Lady.”
This latest production celebrates the 60th anniversary of this well-loved musical which took the world by storm, telling the poignant tale of a Cockney flowergirl named Eliza Doolittle whose world was forever changed by the brilliant and demanding phoneticist, Professor Henry Higgins.
The clash of cultures sparks some of theatre's most witty dialogue and wonderful songs.
For further details about the production and to book, go to www.myfairladymusical.com.au.
Venue: Lyric Theatre QPAC
Season: Previews from March 12, 2017
Opening night: March 15, 2017
Tickets go on sale: October