My Fair Lady Plays on Two Pianos at Hartford Stage, Starting June 3

News   My Fair Lady Plays on Two Pianos at Hartford Stage, Starting June 3 Life is grand, or at least the two onstage pianos are, as Hartford Stage's 2004 SummerStage engagement of My Fair Lady staged by director Gary Griffin starts June 3.

Rachael Warren, Simon Jones and Dennis Creaghan will perform as Eliza Doolittle, Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering, respectively. The show officially opens July 7 for a run through Aug. 1 at the Connecticut venue.

Featuring music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner, My Fair Lady is the classic musical retelling of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. The comedy finds Professor Henry Higgins attempting to transform lowly flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a well-spoken socialite. Director Gary Griffin (the upcoming The Color Purple musical) adds his touch to the musical that features a cast of ten alongside two grand pianos.

The score of My Fair Lady features such classic Broadway songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "Get Me to the Church on Time" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face"

The production, which was recently performed at New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center through June 27, will feature most the NJ cast, including Jane Connell (the original Agnes Gooch in the musical Mame) as Mrs. Higgins. Also continuing from the McCarter company are Michael McCarty (as Alfred P. Doolittle), Jim Stanek (as Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Patricia Kilgarriff (as Mrs. Pearce), Brenda Martindale (as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill) and Jeff Edgerton and Stephen Mo Hanan (in multiple roles).

Warren (Trinity Rep's The Long Christmas Ride Home) has performed as Eliza Doolittle in Trinity Rep's My Fair Lady. Jones (Waiting in the Wings) is currently playing Pickering in My Fair Lady at the McCarter and played Higgins in a Michigan Opera Thatre staging more than a decade ago. Creaghan has appeared in 45 Seconds from Broadway and The Elephant Man. Griffin has directed the Olivier Award-winning Pacific Overtures at London's Donmar Warehouse as well as Pardon My English and The New Moon for New York's City Center Encores! series. The seven-time Joseph Jefferson Awards winner serves as associate artistic director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and is at work on the upcoming Broadway-bound musical version of The Color Purple.

The design team for My Fair Lady includes Jon Culbert (set), Nan Cibula Jenkins (costume) and Chris Binder (lighting).

Tickets to the SummerStage shows at Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford, CT are available by calling (860) 527-5151. For more information, visit www.hartfordstage.org.

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