Christopher Guilmet & Pamela Brumley to Lead Stages St. Louis' MY FAIR LADY; Full Cast Announced
Hailed as one of the greatest musicals of all time, My Fair Lady (September 6 through October 6) is the perfect grand finale to the STAGES ST. LOUIS record-breaking 27thseason. This romantic fancy radiates a charm and sophistication unlike any other musical and reigns as an American masterpiece. Lerner and Loewe's score couldn't be closer to pure perfection, with memorable show-stoppers such as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," and "Get Me to the Church on Time." You'll "grow accustomed" to this "loverly" classic as "your heart takes flight."
The gold standard by which all others are measured, My Fair Lady brings to vibrant life the thrilling transformation of Eliza Doolittle, a lowly flower girl in Victorian London, into a ravishing upper class lady. Hedging his bets, Professor Henry Higgins is determined to teach this cockney girl proper English but will he be able to get along without her once he succeeds?
My Fair Lady is based on Pygmalion, written by George Bernard Shaw in 1912. Pygmalion had its first production in Vienna during the fall of 1913 and premiered in New York at the Irving Place Theatre during the spring of 1914. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe had the brilliant idea to adapt the play into a musical and began this process in 1950. My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway in 1956 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre and starred Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. It closed in 1962 after 2,717 performances, a record at that time.
Christopher Guilmet and Pamela Brumley star as Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, respectively. Guilmet returns to STAGES, previously appearing in The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, Camelot, and A Little Night Music. His numerous New York, L.A., and regional credits include The Crucible, Carousel and The Immigrant. Brumleyalso returns to STAGES, having previously appeared in Little Women, Thoroughly Modern Millie and A Little Night Music.Among her numerous New York and regional credits, Brumley has previously played Eliza in My Fair Lady and appeared in Camelot, Show Boat, Beauty and the Beast and the film The Perfect Stranger.
Also starring in the production is returning Broadway Actor Edward Juvier (Alfred P. Doolittle), previously appearing in The Secret Garden, Promises, Promises, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Juvier's other credits include the National Tour and Broadway productions of Les Miserables.St. Louis actors John Flack, (Colonel Pickering) has appeared in twenty-three STAGES seasons, most recently the 2013 production of Disney's Cinderella and the 2012 production of My One and Only. Flack's other credits include Annie, Guys and Dolls, Whoopee!, and Promises, Promises, Zoe Vonder Haar (Mrs. Higgins), returns after performing in over sixty STAGES productions, including Always... Patsy Cline, Hello, Dolly!, Gypsy, Mame, and A Chorus Line. Vonder Haar's other credits include the first International Touring Company of A Chorus Line and numerous productions at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and The Muny, and Kari Ely (Mrs. Pearce) returns to STAGES for her 39th production. Ely's other Credits include Sense and Sensibility, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music and The Music Man. With Brandon Davidson (Freddie Eynsford-Hill) who returns to STAGES after just appearing in Legally Blonde, The Musical and previously appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His other credits include the first National Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas and regional credits include Damn Yankees, A Chorus Line, and Cabaret.
Rounding out the cast in alphabetical order are Alan Ball (George, The Bartender/Lord Boxington), St. Louis actor Stephen Barnowski (Bystander), St. Louis actress Lori Barrett-Pagano (Servant), Craig Blake ("Loverly" Quartet/Servant), Patrick David (Harry), St. Louis actress Michele Burdette Elmore (Mrs. Hopkins/Lady Boxington), St. Louis actress Lois Enders (Busker), St. Louis actor Jonathan Kwock (Busker/Charles, The Chauffeur), St. Louis actor Larry Mabrey ("Loverly" Quartet/Constable), Lindsey McKee (Mrs. Eynsford-Hill/Servant),St. Louis actress Ellen Isom (Servant), St. Louis actor Steve Isom (A Hoxton Man/ "Loverly" Quartet), Sean Quinn (Busker/Jamie), St. Louis actress Pamela Reckamp (Servant/Flower Girl), Lauren Roesner (Clara Eynsford-Hill/Flower Girl/Mrs. Higgins Maid), and Jeffrey Scott Stevens (A Selsey Man/ Loverly" Quartet/Butler).