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Hathaway/Firth for MY FAIR LADY?
Posted by jacobsnchz14 2013-02-19 18:36:13


http://broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-News-Clive-Davis-Wants-Anne-Hathaway-and-Colin-Firth-for-MY-FAIR-LADY-on-Broadway-20130219

As BroadwayWorld previously announced, Eliza Doolittle might be heading back to Broadway in the near future, as music industry legend Clive Davis recently announced plans to produce My Fair Lady in 2014. He told LAT: "I always wanted to produce a Broadway show, and I've never done it. I'm hopeful we will prepare and finalize everything this year to bring 'My Fair Lady' next year to Broadway with a stellar cast."

Now according to USA Today, Davis is eying LES MISERABLES star Anne Hathaway and Colin Firth to play Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins respectively. Firth has also starred in a big screen musical in the past, taking on Harry in 2008's MAMMA MIA. Neither actor, however, has yet starred in a Broadway production.

Davis also told USA Today that his top choice to direct the project is Tony winner Bartlett Sher, whose recent credits include: South Pacific, Golden Boy, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.


Read more about Breaking News: Clive Davis Wants Anne Hathaway and Colin Firth for MY FAIR LADY on Broadway! by broadwayworld.com

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-02-19 18:39:40


I'm so glad they're going with somebody who can't sing the score. I was worried for a minute!

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Posted by CarlosAlberto 2013-02-19 18:40:38


Those are damned excellent choices and they are both draws. It would be a major coup on his part if he succeeds in getting them for this.

I can just see it now: Dame Julie beaming as she watches her little Princess in the role that made her famous.

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Posted by The Josh 2013-02-19 18:49:04


I'd see it.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-02-19 18:57:45


LOL. Does anyone seriously think Hathaway can sing that score?

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Posted by SporkGoddess 2013-02-19 18:58:59


Wait, so this wouldn't be a movie? This would be an actual 8 shows per week production?

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Posted by CarlosAlberto 2013-02-19 18:59:49


That doesn't matter Jordan. She's a STAR! She's BOX OFFICE! Jeez, where have you been. Nowadays, you don't have to really sing-sing in a musical. You can kinda-sing. Haven't you seen the new movie Les Miserables?

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Posted by CarlosAlberto 2013-02-19 19:01:03


@SporkGoddess...yes it will be a real Broadway show. A revival...with 8 shows a week....that's including matinees.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-02-19 19:02:32


Live. In Person. Like she'll be on the stage. Trying to sing that 8 times a week. Like freels.

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Posted by CarlosAlberto 2013-02-19 19:03:27


You meant fa realz.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-02-19 19:04:44


No, I'm white. We say freels.

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Posted by SporkGoddess 2013-02-19 19:05:25


I wouldn't have even been happy about this for movie casting, haha.

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Posted by CarlosAlberto 2013-02-19 19:06:05


Oh that's right...I forget you're white. So sorry. Carry on.

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Posted by showchoirguy 2013-02-19 19:10:02


Will Derek Wills be directing?

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-02-19 19:33:35


They are very good choices if they agree to do it.

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Posted by ComingUpRoses2 2013-02-19 19:36:02


Well, Anne can sing for sure, but is she a real soprano? I could see her pulling it off on film, but 8 shows a week? I dunno.

Could be worse, though. Could be Taylor Swift.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-02-19 19:36:43


Why is Anne a good choice? Because she's famous?

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Posted by best12bars 2013-02-19 19:53:09


Maybe Ricky Martin can join them as Freddie!

Actually, I think Colin Firth would be a great choice. Now add Geoffrey Rush as Alfred, Julie Andrews as Henry's mum!

If not Firth, then Kenneth Brannagh.

As for Eliza, I'm hoping (against hope) for someone who doesn't sound like a 33 rpm record being played at 78 rpm.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-02-19 19:54:12


Robert Englund is playing Freddy. We've already established that.

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Posted by best12bars 2013-02-19 19:57:56


Except it's Robert England now. He's changing his name just for this show.

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Posted by EricMontreal22 2013-02-19 20:05:45


I'm not the biggest Anne fan, but I think she could do the score, yes 8 times a week, well enough...

Singing from Carnival at Encores: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNZ8uaw_dDE

And the Sondheim concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtVqjW8-t-c

Regardless, Firth is inspired casting...

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-02-19 20:23:44


I have a feeling that they may have a standby/alternate for the role of Eliza just in case. Andrew LLyod Webber's revivals of 'The Sound of Music' in Toronto and the West End had an alternate Maria. The recent Broadway revival of 'Evita' also had an alternate/standby Eva Peron

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-02-19 20:26:13


Here is audio of her singing "If I Could Only Dream This World Away" from ALW's Woman in White. To me, her high G's are some of the prettier notes sung compared with others in the song, and Eliza sings barely higher than a G.

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Posted by henrikegerman 2013-02-19 21:52:31


She may or may not pull this off well.

But she is a soprano.

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Posted by latitudex1 2013-02-19 22:29:23


"LOL. Does anyone seriously think Hathaway can sing that score?"

If I remember it properly, she sang a high D above soprano C in her appearance on The Simpsons. This score taps out at the G below that, again if I remember correctly.

If she's actually going to do this, she's got the range. She's got the technique, if she remembers anything her mother taught her. She'll need to build up the stamina, but she theoretically has time to build that up.

To be honest, I'm more worried about her screen to stage transition than her voice.

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Posted by SporkGoddess 2013-02-19 23:33:19


Anne Hathaway doesn't have the greatest technique, though. She can hit those notes but her vibrato indicates that her breath support isn't great. I'm not sure her voice would hold out for 8 shows per week.

She has the natural soprano range but does she have the training? I'm not sure she does.

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Posted by Caring Soul 2013-02-19 23:52:10


I seriously doubt that Hathaway would deign to come to Broadway with her burgeoning film career. Firth would be so very good, though, if he could be persuaded to take the role. As for Eliza, isn't there a fresh-faced ingenue that Davis could make a star?

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Posted by The Josh 2013-02-20 00:41:32


I'm still holding out hope for Laura Benanti.

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Posted by ray-andallthatjazz86 2013-02-20 02:08:49


Me too, The Josh! I can't imagine Anne Hathaway would choose to make her Broadway debut in such a vocally challenging role right after winning an Oscar. She is pretty good about picking roles she's capable for, she has been very picky about stage appearances up until this point (and clearly she's been at the top of the list for all the roles for a star her age) so I don't see how that will change.
Benanti needs to either do this or Anna in THE KING & I, hopefully both.

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Posted by Michael Bennett 2013-02-20 02:30:42


Actually, if she wants to come to a Broadway in a classic musical, Anna in THE KING AND I would be a much better choice for Anne Hathaway than MY FAIR LADY. It would certainly be a more comfortable fit vocally.

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Posted by CarlosAlberto 2013-02-20 06:41:44


I wouldn't be surprised if she stars in a Broadway show in the near future. I think she can handle it. She's a very disciplined performer.

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Posted by Noel&Cole 2013-02-20 09:06:35


If this combo happens that would be star power and box office. I think they could actually sell this title in a big way.

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Posted by dreaming 2013-02-20 09:53:56


Colin Firth is an inspired choice, and I love, love, love the idea of Geoffrey Rush as Alfred Doolittle.

Anne Hathaway would only last about 6 performances a week, tops. That score is brutal (read Julie Andrews' bio to find out how brutal it is). I don't feel she could sing that score eight times a week. They will have to get an alternate for the matinee performances, I guarantee it.

(I also think Hathaway is starting to read a little old for Eliza. She's supposed to be 21-25. I think Sierra Boggess could be brilliant-and more likely could handle the demands of the role.)

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-02-20 09:58:44


Sierra sings her vowels so oddly that it may fit in this role. At least the first half of it.

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Posted by dreaming 2013-02-20 10:10:24


I like Sierra's voice and I happen to think she's a very good actress. She'd be perfect for the role.

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-02-20 10:15:04


I personally think they'd have a better chance at getting Hugh Grant or Hugh Bonneville than Firth.

I know he's busy shooting Arrow in Vancouver, but what I would give/do to hear Colin Donnell sing "On the Street..."

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Posted by dreaming 2013-02-20 10:30:04


Heck, I'd love it with Hugh Bonneville!!! Sign me up! Just keep Hathaway far away. She isn't quite right for the role. (The suggestion of The King and I is much better.)

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Posted by emida 2013-02-20 10:43:23


EDIT : Just saw that it was for Broadway and not a movie remake...

I like the idea of Firth, but not sure he would be able to do it 8 times a week. Hate the idea of Hathaway for Eliza. I have doubts about her being able to sing the material.

Laura Osnes or Sierra Boggess would be perfect for this.



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Posted by suestorm 2013-02-20 10:49:10


i think Anne would def want to do it. shes very ambitious and seems to want to liked an awful lot.

DREAMIN, SB can do no wrong in my book either. she would be perfect.

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-02-20 10:53:25


and seems to want to liked an awful lot

Yeah, I got nothing, darion. What is that?

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Posted by Gothampc 2013-02-20 11:02:19


Eliza needs to be a true soprano. Julie Andrews, Martine McCutcheon and Melissa Errico all had vocal problems while playing the role.

I wonder if Anne could get away with doing a six show week, much like Evita, Phantom and Miss Saigon didn't require their stars to do eight shows.

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-02-20 11:04:18


Wouldn't it hurt ticket sales to cast a name and only have them for six performances out of eight? The alternate's two would be so under-attended.

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Posted by dreaming 2013-02-20 11:06:43


But the show would do excellent business for the other two-and, if they get Colin Firth as Higgins, you might not see too significant of a drop.

I'm against Hathaway in the role-she doesn't have strong enough pipes to withstand the rigor of the role.

I say get a young opera singer to play the role (or, as I suggested, a proven entity like Sierra Boggess). I don't know why Eliza NEEDS to be stunt cast if they have an A-lister as Higgins and perhaps one as Alfie.

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Posted by ray-andallthatjazz86 2013-02-20 11:06:50


MichaelBennett, Hathaway would be sublime as Anna and I'd love to hear her sing those songs. She'd be lovely.

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Posted by SonofRobbieJ 2013-02-20 11:23:20


But it's not the high notes that kill people's voices in the show. I mean...the role isn't all that high. It's the first half of the show that kills actresses. Producing those harsh tones as the 'guttersnipe' Eliza is the problem. You have to be able to be rough on your voice for the first half of the show, then magically produce rounded tones and beautiful high notes in the back half. That's what makes it taxing. Not hitting a G a couple of times.

Hathaway trained for months to be able to sing I DREAMED A DREAM in one take with a camera right up her tits. That may sound like nothing, but watch every other performer in the movie and you see them making facial contortions to hit certain notes. Hathaway's face is completely open and natural. She spent months sobbing through the song so that, when it came time to film, it would be as natural as possible. She spent time singing the song on a goddamn trampoline so that her face would relax completely. Do we really not think that, were it to come to pass, she wouldn't train like a marathoner to be able to perform this role?

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-02-20 11:24:58


Yeah, Eddie Redmayne was a highlight of the film to me, but he had a bad case of "I'm currently singing!" face.

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Posted by MCfan2 2013-02-20 12:07:04


I could live with that casting, but as others have said, I'm not sure Hathaway would want to take so much time out of her movie career for it.

LOVE the thought of Firth and Rush together again, though.

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Posted by dreaming 2013-02-20 12:09:40


I don't doubt she'd train very hard, but I have questions as to her vocal sustainability as Eliza. It is a very tough role to sing-let alone eight times a week. Singing a couple of takes for a camera is wildly different from performing live eight times a week. I think Hathaway is better suited to Anna anyhow. I'd prefer a young unknown as Eliza with big names as Higgins and Doolittle.

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Posted by SonofRobbieJ 2013-02-20 12:14:24


^ I don't disagree with the fact that Hathaway would be an ideal Anna. More ideal than she'd be Eliza (at this point, I have more of a problem with her age than her vocal abilities).

But we shouldn't minimize how just mind-numbingly awful it can be on a film set for many hours a day. The thing about doing eight shows a week is that you have 4-5 weeks of rehearsal time to get the show into your body, and once you open, you show up at 7-ish and leave by 11-ish. That's not to minimize performing eight shows a week, either. It's just to say both are taxing in their own ways.

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Posted by dreaming 2013-02-20 12:15:19


I was going to mention her age (Eliza is supposed to be 20-25).

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Posted by Gothampc 2013-02-20 12:19:22


"But it's not the high notes that kill people's voices in the show. I mean...the role isn't all that high. It's the first half of the show that kills actresses. Producing those harsh tones as the 'guttersnipe' Eliza is the problem. You have to be able to be rough on your voice for the first half of the show, then magically produce rounded tones and beautiful high notes in the back half."

How does switching from a Cockney accent to a proper British accent hurt the voice?

I still maintain that it needs a true soprano who can hit the end notes on "I Could Have Danced..." eight times a week. They need to find a young Barbara Cook, someone who is a true soprano.

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Posted by SonofRobbieJ 2013-02-20 12:24:43


Oh please...every girl I went to college with can hit those notes eight shows a week. It's on a great vowel and it isn't punishingly high.

It's the shouting, guttural sounds...and the shrieks that happen all throughout the first act that's the problem. "Just You Wait" is a much more brutal sing than "I Could Have Danced All Night".

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-02-20 12:37:22


What about Lauren Molina? I mean, the girl played Cunegonde

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Posted by Michael Bennett 2013-02-20 12:47:31


To add to what Robbie J says, there is also something apparently very difficult in the way the way the material is structured. Its the cockney vocal demands in the front end of the show coupled with very different vocal demands in the second act. Every actress who played the role on Broadway - from Julie Andrews to Christine Andreas to Melissa Errico has struggled mightily with the material. Melissa Errico and Cheryl Kennedy both burst blood vessels in their vocal cords doing the role (Kennedy had to be replaced by Nancy Ringham who ALSO had vocal issues).

Its a nightmare vocally. Anyone taking on the role for Broadway needs to really think about it wisely. And yes, in the last London revival, they wisely added an alternate Eliza for matinees.





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Posted by FindingNamo 2013-02-20 12:50:54


Maybe they can have two Elizas like in "Love, Janis." Something to think about.

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Posted by Gothampc 2013-02-20 12:54:11


"Just You Wait" is a much more brutal sing than "I Could Have Danced All Night".

Julie Andrews began her lazy habit of speak-singing during MFL which she carried through the rest of her singing career.

Just You Wait is easily passed off using speak-sing. The actress has to deliver full singing on I Could Have Danced. It's Eliza's strongest song.

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Posted by SonofRobbieJ 2013-02-20 13:03:38


But 'I Could Have Danced All Night' is a relatively easy sing. As a song, by itself. The problem comes from doing scene after scene of producing a throaty, ugly cockney sound (including the switch between a shouty belt for the first and last party of Just You Wait to the lyrical middle section) and then having to place everything in that higher range. It's not the song. It's the role.

There are times when I do completely talk out of my ass. This is not one of those times. Believe me.

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Posted by Jon 2013-02-20 13:17:25


If not Geoffrey Rush, I'd like Tim Curry as Doolittle.

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Posted by Michael Bennett 2013-02-20 13:36:49


I've also heard at least one actress who's played the role mention "Show Me" as being taxing -- again, perhaps not as a song in itself, but as a late show number on a tired voice, apparently it sits in a rather perilous place. Perhaps because it actually rides somewhere between the cockney and the soprano.

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Posted by drewmangroup 2013-02-20 16:45:55


Isn't it fair to say it is highly unlikely this pairing will occur on Broadway? I'm sure no actual Broadway producer would publicize picks like this before actually approaching the talent involved. Plus, doesn't it sour the casting a bit if the producer proclaims his "dream" choices so adamantly so that more viable candidates might be turned off?

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Posted by ucjrdude902 2013-02-20 20:50:28


People keep referring to her film career being so busy and that she'd never have the time. Check your facts. Anne herself has said numerous times she has nothing lined up and even joked that she's unemployed.

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Posted by nasty_khakis 2013-02-20 21:40:41


I have a STRONG STRONG feeling that says Annie is going to do this, without a doubt. She has the Julie Andrew's connection (and knows she'd get great publicity with photo-ops and blessings) and she might even be able to talk Julie into playing Mrs Higgins, but that's a LONG shot since Julie's salary and demands would likely off-set the perks.

Anne also knows it would be a great, classic, fool-proof show to make her Broadway debut. She is no fool and may hold off until they get an equal-level Higgins (Jackman, Firth, etc) just so having an alternate would stiffle the production. I see her trying to sing all 8, but after a few months (aka after the Tonys) switching to an alternate.

This just seems "right place, right time" for her and her career. She can follow her Oscar win with something prestigious and classy, not her All About Steve or Catwoman style wannabe blockbuster.