Philharmonic's My Fair Lady Dances Into Avery Fisher Hall March 7

News   Philharmonic's My Fair Lady Dances Into Avery Fisher Hall March 7 The New York Philharmonic's production of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady — co-starring Kelsey Grammer and Kelli O'Hara — begins performances March 7 at Avery Fisher Hall.
Kelli O'Hara, Kelsey Grammer and Charles Kimbrough in My Fair Lady.
Kelli O'Hara, Kelsey Grammer and Charles Kimbrough in My Fair Lady. Photo by Chris Lee

James Brennan directs the semi-staged concert performances of My Fair Lady, which plays the Lincoln Center venue through March 10. Grammer stars as Professor Henry Higgins with O'Hara as Eliza Doolittle. The starry company also features Charles Kimbrough as Colonel Hugh Pickering, Brian Dennehy as Alfred Doolittle, Marni Nixon as Mrs. Higgins, Tim Jerome as Professor Zoltan Karpathy, Meg Bussert as Mrs. Pearce, Philippe Castagner as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Michael J. Farina as Jamie and Joe Grifasi as Harry.

Rob Fisher conducts the famed orchestra. The creative team also includes Ken Billington (lighting design), Ray Klausen (set design), Gail Baldoni (costume design) and Peggy Hickey (choreography).

My Fair Lady replaces the originally announced staging of Company. Plans to mount that Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical were canceled in May due to the Broadway revival of the musical currently onstage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

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Center Stage: My Fair Lady
As the New York Philharmonic presents four concert performances of the classic Lerner & Loewe musical, March 7-10, our correspondent talks with stars Kelsey Grammer and Marni Nixon.

My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and features a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The original Broadway production opened on March 15, 1956, ran for over six years and won nine Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. The score contains such Broadway classics as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "Get Me to the Church on Time." Kelli O'Hara was most recently on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of The Pajama Game, earning a Tony nomination for her performance as Babe. She was also Tony-nominated for her work as Clara in The Light in the Piazza. O'Hara's other Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Follies, Sweet Smell of Success and Dracula, the Musical. Kelsey Grammer played Dr. Frasier Crane on three different TV series: "Frasier," "Cheers" and "Wings." For that role he won four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and a SAG Award. Grammer has been seen on Broadway in Othello and Macbeth; his other theatrical credits include Richard II, Measure for Measure and Sweeney Todd.

Show times are March 7 and 8 at 7:30 PM and March 9 and 10 at 8 PM.

Tickets, priced $65-$245, may be purchased by calling (212) 875-5656 or by visiting www.nyphil.org.

Brian Dennehy and company in rehearsals for <i>My Fair Lady</i> which begins performances March 7.
Brian Dennehy and company in rehearsals for My Fair Lady which begins performances March 7. Photo by Chris Lee
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