Gregory Jbara, Laura Michelle Kelly, Cloris Leachman, Jonathan Pryce, Max von Essen Cast in Kennedy Center My Fair Lady

For its 21st annual Spring Gala, the Kennedy Center will present My Fair Lady in Concert May 5 at 8 PM in the Concert Hall. Tony Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge will direct and choreograph the concert staging, which will feature the 35-piece Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra conducted by music director James Moore.

Laura Michelle Kelly
Laura Michelle Kelly

The famed 1956 musical features book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner with music by Frederick Loewe.

The cast will boast Tony winner Gregory Jbara as Alfred P. Doolittle, Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly as Eliza Doolittle, Academy Award and multiple Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman as Mrs. Higgins, Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil as Mrs. Pearce, two-time Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce as Henry Higgins, Max von Essen as Freddy Eynsford-Hill and Michael York as Colonel Pickering.

The black-tie evening will begin at 5 PM with a reception on the River Terrace followed by dinner on the Roof Terrace at 6 PM. The Gala performance begins at 8 PM in the Concert Hall, and the evening concludes with ‘Til Midnight, a cocktails and dancing party, on the Roof Terrace.

My Fair Lady, adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture, is about a "poor Cockney flower girl (Eliza Doolittle) who takes speech lessons from a snobbish phonetics professor (Henry Higgins) in order to pass for a lady in high society." The score includes “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.”

Concert-only tickets starting at $25 go on sale to the general public on April 3 and can be purchased at the Kennedy Center Box Office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Patrons living outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan calling area may dial toll-free at (800) 444-1324 or visit To inquire about VIP packages and the gala events surrounding this performance, patrons may e-mail or call (202) 416-8338 for additional information.