Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Bay Street Theater's MY FAIR LADY with Paul Alexander Nolan, Kelli Barrett & More
Bay Street Theater has announced MY FAIR LADY, Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe, Based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw & Gabriel Pascal's motion picture, and Directed by Michael Arden, Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner for Best Director of a Musical for the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening is now in rehearsals in NYC. MY FAIR LADY will run August 2 - 28. Check out photos below!
The production will star Paul Alexander Nolan (Bright Star/Drama Desk nominee, Doctor Zhivago/Outer Critics Circle nominee, Once, Jesus Christ Superstar, Daddy Long Legs) as Professor Henry Higgins and Kelli Barrett (Doctor Zhivago, Wicked, Rock of Ages) as Eliza Doolittle. Nolan replaces the previously announced Douglas Hodge who had to withdraw from the production due to scheduling conflicts with two television series. Also starring will be Tony nominee Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera, Gigi, Anything Goes, and featured in Bay Street's Grey Gardens last season) as Colonel Pickering; Tony Award-winner Carole Shelley (The Elephant Man, Billy Elliott: The Musical, Wicked, The Odd Couple) as Mrs. Higgins; Karen Murphy (A Little Night Music, 9 to 5, All Shook Up) as Mrs. Pearce/Mrs. Eynsford-Hill; John O'Creagh (National tours of Hello, Dolly! and West Side Story) as Alfred P. Doolittle; Bobby Conte Thornton (New York: Starting Here Starting Now; Regional: "Forum" and A Comedy of Tenors)as Freddy Eynsford-Hill; and Ryan Fitzgerald (International Tour: West Side Story) as Karpathy.
The production team includes Chase Brock (Choreography), Adam Wachter (Music Director), Dane Laffrey (Set Design), Asta Bennie Hostetter and Dane Laffrey(Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Joel Abbott (Sound Design), Andrew Diaz (Props Design), Meg Murphy (Hair and Makeup Design), and Stephen Gabis (Dialect Coach). Casting by Stewart/Whitley.
When Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower seller, meets the imperious and attractive Professor Henry Higgins one night in Covent Garden, they agree to embark on a daring experiment together. Higgins wagers that he can transform the "deliciously low" Eliza into a lady fit for society by teaching her to speak more beautifully. Sparks fly in what becomes a funny and ferocious battle of the sexes, a struggle of classes, and a rollicking romance. Acclaimed director Michael Arden's innovative new production will feature two pianos and fifteen actors who will bring the classic story to life in ways you've never seen before. One of the greatest musicals of all time, with a magnificent score featuring the beloved songs "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Wouldn't It be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live," this Fair Lady is a perfect musical for the whole family.
Photos by Barry Gordin
John O'Creagh and Carole Shelly
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