Bartlett Sher will direct the Lincoln Center Theater revival.
My Fair Lady will return to Broadway in the 2017–18 season. Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Bartlett Sher will direct a revival of the Tony-winning musical. Performances are scheduled to begin March 22, 2018, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, where it will open April 19.
Rumors of a revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Pygmalion-inspired musical with Sher at the helm have been circulating for some time. In 2013, Clive Davis announced he intended to bring the show back to Broadway with Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Colin Firth in the leads. No word yet on official casting for the production.
This will mark Sher’s third musical revival to play the Beaumont, following South Pacific and The King and I. His additional directing credits include Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison Country, Golden Boy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and The Light in the Piazza. He also directs Oslo, which will play the Beaumont this spring; opening night is set for April 13.
LCT will present the revival in association with Nederlander Presentations Inc. The production will feature designs by Sher’s frequent collaborators: costume designer Catherine Zuber, lighting designer Donald Holder, and set designer Michael Yeargan.
Featuring a book and lyrics by Lerner and a score by Loewe, My Fair Lady tells the story of linguistics expert Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, the cockney flower girl he is determined to transform into a proper, dignified woman. The score includes such well-known songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.”
The musical premiered on Broadway in 1956. The production earned Rex Harrison a Tony Award and Julie Andrews a nomination. Harrison reprised his performance in the 1964 film adaptation opposite Audrey Hepburn. It was last revived in 1993 with Richard Chamberlain and Melissa Errico.