Pygmalion's Claire Danes and Jefferson Mays Featured on NY1 News Sept. 12

News   Pygmalion's Claire Danes and Jefferson Mays Featured on NY1 News Sept. 12
Broadway's new Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins — Pygmalion stars Claire Danes and Jefferson Mays — will be featured on NY1 News Sept. 12.

The interviews with the actors will appear on the local network throughout the day, according to a release.

David Grindley (Journey's End) directs the new Broadway staging of Pygmalion, which is slated to begin previews Sept. 14. The show opens Oct. 18 at the American Airlines Theatre for a limited run through Dec. 16.

Joining Danes and Mays in the cast are Boyd Gaines as Colonel Pickering and Jay O. Sanders as Alfred Doolittle. The ensemble also features Helen Carey (Mrs. Higgins), Brenda Wehle (Mrs. Pearce), Kerry Bishé (Clara Eynsford Hill), Kieran Campion (Freddy Eynsford Hill), Sandra Shipley (Mrs. Eynsford Hill), Jonathan Fielding (Bystander), Robin Moseley (Bystander) and Karen Walsh (Parlour Maid).

The design team includes Jonathan Fensom (sets and costumes), Jason Taylor (lights) and Gregory Clarke (sound). Majella Hurley serves as dialect coach.

Well-known as the inspiration for the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical My Fair Lady, the Shaw drama is based on the classical myth of the same name. The play, according to press notes, is described as such: "When Professor Henry Higgins (Mays) comes across a poor and uneducated Cockney girl named Eliza Doolittle (Danes), Higgins makes a bet that he can take Eliza from the gutters of London and pass her off as a society lady, by simply teaching her the right dialect in which to speak. Higgins soon discovers that this task involves much more than knowledge; it involves patience and most importantly, affairs of the heart." Danes — who is known for her screen work in "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet," "Stage Beauty," "Little Women," "Les Misérables" and the television series "My So-Called Life" — makes her Broadway debut in the work. In recent years, though, she has appeared at P.S. 122 in the dance pieces Edith & Jenny and Christina Olson: American Model as well as in Off-Broadway's The Vagina Monologues.

Mays earned accolades for his turn in Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama I Am My Own Wife. He recently appeared in Broadway's revival of Journey's End and the New York City Center Encores! staging of Of Thee I Sing. The actor has also been seen in Moe's Lucky Seven, Lydie Breeze and Quills and regionally in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Misalliance, The Importance Of Being Earnest, The Cherry Orchard and more.

Tickets to Pygmalion at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, are on sale by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300. For more information, visit

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