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News Casting Announced for North American Tour of My Fair Lady; Venues, Too Casting is nearly complete for the North American tour of My Fair Lady, which will kick off in September at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa Bay, FL, before arriving in more than 25 additional cities.
Justin Bohon
Justin Bohon

The upcoming production is based on the Cameron Mackintosh/National Theatre of Great Britain's award-winning London staging. That production of My Fair Lady opened at the National Theatre of Great Britain in March 2001 before transferring to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in July 2001. The show won five Laurence Olivier Awards, including Outstanding Musical Production.

The tour of the legendary Lerner & Loewe musical will star acclaimed British theatre actors Christopher Cazenove and Lisa O'Hare, who earned rave reviews for their dynamic performances as, respectively, Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in the U.K. They will be joined onstage by Walter Charles as Colonel Hugh Pickering, Alma Cuervo as Mrs. Pearce and Justin Bohon as Freddy Eynsford-Hill. At some performances the role of Eliza will be played by Dana DeLisa.

(The roles of Alfred P. Doolittle, Mrs. Higgins and Mrs. Eynsford-Hill have yet to be cast.)

The ensemble will comprise David Abeles, John Paul Almon, Harlen Bengel, Eric Briarley, Ronald L. Brown, Debra Cardona, Kyle Des Champs, Bill Dietrich, Warren Freeman, Jazmin Gorsline, Robin Haynes, Lisa Kassay, Lainie Munro, Adam Laird, Christine Negherbon, Cathy Newman, Georga Osborne, Lauren Pastorek, John Schacchetti, Byron St. Cyr, Jesse Swimm, David Tankersley, Stephanie Van Duynhoven, Erin Willis and Lee Zarrett.

The U.S. national tour of My Fair Lady brings together the original U.K. artistic team with direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables), choreography and musical staging by Matthew Bourne (Mary Poppins), production design by Anthony Ward and lighting design by David Hersey. Stephen Brooker is musical supervisor; orchestrations are by William David Brohn with dance arrangements by Chris Walker. The creative team also includes Paul Groothuis (sound designer), Fergus Logan (associate choreographer) and Shaun Kerrison (associate director). Tour dates, as of press time, follow:
Sept. 12-15 at the Tampa Bay PAC in Tampa, FL
Sept. 18-23 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 25-Oct. 7 at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, OH
Oct. 9-14 at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 16-21 at the Fox Cities PAC in Appleton, WI
Oct. 23-28 at the TPAC in Nashville, TN
Oct. 30-Nov. 4 at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, FL
Nov. 6-18 at the Hippodrome in Baltimore, MD
Nov. 20–25 at the The Peace Center in Greenville, SC
Nov. 27–Dec. 2 at the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh, NC
Dec. 4-9 at the Carr PAC in Orlando, FL
Dec. 12-15 at the Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City, IA
Dec. 18-23 at the Carnival Center in Miami, FL
Dec. 27, 2007-Jan. 20, 2008 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
Feb. 5-17 at the Opera House in Boston, MA
Feb. 20–March 2 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
March 4-9 at Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, IN
March 11-16 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA
March 18-23 at the NJPAC in Newark, NJ
April 9-27 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
May 8-31 at the Toronto Centre in Toronto, Ontario
June 4-15 at the OCPAC in Costa Mesa, CA
June 17-22 at the ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ

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."

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