Old Globe's Pygmalion Will Star Robert Sean Leonard, Paxton Whitehead, Charlotte Parry, Kandis Chappell and More
By Kenneth Jones
Director Nicholas Martin's new staging of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion starring the previously announced Robert Sean Leonard as Prof. Henry Higgins will also star Charlotte Parry (Cecily in Broadway's The Importance of Being Earnest) as Eliza, Kandis Chappell as Mrs. Higgins, Don Sparks as Mr. Doolittle, Deborah Taylor as Mrs. Pearce and Paxton Whitehead as Col. Pickering.
The San Diego resident company announced complete casting and creative team on Dec. 21. Performances play Jan. 12-Feb. 17, 2013, at The Old Globe's Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Jan. 17.
Tony Award winner Leonard appeared in Broadway's The Invention of Love (for which he won the Tony), Long Day's Journey Into Night and Candida, among other works, and TV's "House." This is billed as a 100th-anniversary production of the classic about a lower-class flower girl named Eliza who breaks down social barriers after she learns to speak perfect English under the wing of Prof. Higgins, the speech and dialect expert.
Leonard last appeared on the Old Globe stage as Edgar in Jack O'Brien's 1993 production of King Lear starring Hal Holbrook. The actor came to national fame in the film "Dead Poets Society."
Martin directed Broadway's Butley with Nathan Lane and Present Laughter with Victor Garber.
The Old Globe production of Pygmalion coincides with the 100th anniversary of its 1913 premiere in Vienna, Austria. The Globe has presented Shaw's masterpiece once before in a 1985 production directed by former artistic director O'Brien.
The acting company also includes Maggie Carney (Mrs. Eynsford Hill) and Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program students Erin Elizabeth Adams (Bystander), Jeremy Fisher (Bystander), Adam Gerber (Bystander, Taxi Man), Allison Layman (Bystander, Parlor Maid), Danielle O'Farrell (Clara) and Robbie Simpson (Freddy Eynsford Hill).
The creative team includes Robert Morgan (costume design), Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Philip S. Rosenberg (lighting design), Drew Levy (sound design), Mark Bennett (original music), Jan Gist (voice and dialect coach), Caparelliotis Casting (casting) and Annette Yé (stage manager).
Tickets can be purchased online at TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
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