Eliza Doolittle is Broadway bound once again. A revival of My Fair Lady is being planned to bow this time next year, Lincoln Center Theater and Nederlander Presentations Inc. announced Monday.
The story of everyone’s favorite Cockney has been absent from Broadway stages for a quarter of a century, and fans can now count down to the musical’s opening on April 19, 2018 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, after previews begin on March 22.
Though casting for the new Eliza and company have yet to be announced, the production will be directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, set to Frederick Loewe’s music and Alan Jay Lerner’s book and lyrics. Sets for the revival will be designed by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, and lighting by Donald Holder.
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady debuted in 1956 and ran for more than 2,700 performances. The show once boasted the record of Broadway’s longest-running musical and garnered six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.
Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison originated the stage roles of Eliza and Professor Henry Higgins, respectively, while Audrey Hepburn led the Best Picture-winning 1964 film adaptation, also alongside Harrison.