Lyric Opera of Chicago announced December 20 that Richard E. Grant (Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones) and Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) will star as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in Lyric Opera’s grand-scale production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady.
Directed by Robert Carsen, performances are scheduled for April 28-May 21, 2017. The cast will also include Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham (Gentleman's Guide, Holiday Inn) as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Donald Maxwell as Alfred Doolittle, and Nicholas Le Prevost as Colonel Pickering.
"All of us at Lyric are thrilled to introduce our audiences to such a distinguished group of performers in the principal roles," says Anthony Freud, Lyric’s general director, president & CEO, in a statement. "Our Higgins, Richard E. Grant, has achieved extraordinary international renown for his brilliant portrayals in theatre, on film, and on television. Opposite him will be our Eliza, Lisa O'Hare, one of Britain's most captivating musical-theatre leading ladies, and the elegant Nicholas Le Prevost, ideally cast as Colonel Pickering. Donald Maxwell, whose exceptional artistry I've admired for many years, will no doubt stop the show in Alfred Doolittle's big numbers, and Bryce Pinkham, our Freddy, is a Tony-nominated actor of captivating charm. I can't imagine a more remarkable quintet to lead Lyric's My Fair Lady."
The spring staging will mark the American debut of the grand production from Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris with an all-new cast. The creative team also includes choreographer Lynne Page, scenic designer Tim Hatley, and costume designer Anthony Powell.
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."
Lyric’s Civic Opera House is located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Tickets are available now at www.lyricopera.org/myfairlady or at (312) 827-5600.