Michael Cumpsty and Kate Fry Star in McCarter's My Fair Lady

News   Michael Cumpsty and Kate Fry Star in McCarter's My Fair Lady
The McCarter Theatre's production of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical, My Fair Lady, officially opens on May 12. Chicago's hottest director, Gary Griffin, is at the helm, directing Chicago actress Kate Fry and New York mainstay Michael Cumpsty.
Michael Cumpsty
Michael Cumpsty

The reconceived production of the beloved musical features 10 actors and two pianos. Fry stars as Eliza Doolittle opposite the Henry Higgins of Cumpsty. The cast also includes Simon Jones as Colonel Pickering and Michael McCarty as Alfred P. Doolittle with Jane Connell, Patricia Kilgarriff, Stephen Mo Hanan, Jeff Edgerton, Brenda Martindale and Jim Stanek. 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."

Director Gary Griffin's recent credits include the Donmar Warehouse production of Pacific Overtures and the City Center Encores! mountings of Pardon My English and The New Moon. He will direct a musical version of The Color Purple this fall at the Alliance Theatre.

Chicago actress Kate Fry has performed leading roles with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the Court Theatre, including My Fair Lady's Eliza Doolittle for director Griffin in 2002. She has also appeared in productions of Pygmalion and As You Like It.

Michael Cumpsty's numerous Broadway credits include Artist Descending a Staircase, La Bete, Timon of Athens, The Heiress, Translations, Racing Demon, 1776, Electra, Copenhagen, 42nd Street and Enchanted April.

My Fair Lady will play a limited engagement at McCarter's Berlind Theatre through June 27. Tickets, priced $32-$50, are available by calling (609) 258-2787. For more information visit www.mccarter.org.

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