Sally Murphy Is Eliza in Two-Piano My Fair Lady at D.C.'s Signature Sept. 26-Nov. 19

News   Sally Murphy Is Eliza in Two-Piano My Fair Lady at D.C.'s Signature Sept. 26-Nov. 19
A unique stripped-down, two-piano reconsideration of the musical My Fair Lady, a vogue in regional theatre in recent seasons, opens the 2006-07 season of Arlington's Signature Theatre Sept. 26.
Sally Murphy
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The revival of the Lerner and Loewe classic drawn from Shaw's Pygmalion will be the last production in the lauded company's current Arlington space before moving to a new two-theatre complex in Shirlington, VA.

Eric Schaeffer, the Helen Hayes Award-winning artistic director of the D.C.-area company, stages the leaner My Fair Lady (which boast 19 performers) featuring Broadway actress Sally Murphy (The Grapes of Wrath, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel) as Eliza Doolittle. D.C.-based actor Andrew Long (Frozen at Studio Theatre, Lady Windemere's Fan, Macbeth and Cyrano de Bergerac at Shakespeare Theatre) is Henry Higgins.

"We're stripping the show down to its core, as we're known for often doing at Signature," Schaeffer said in production notes. "We aren't developing a show with lavish costumes and gigantic sets like people tend to expect for My Fair Lady, but are instead focusing on the characters and the human connection."

My Fair Lady performances continue to Nov. 19.

The cast includes Steven Cupo (Jamie), Terrence P. Currier (Alfred P. Doolittle), Will Gartshore (Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Dave Joria (Professor Zoltan Karpathy), Maureen Kerrigan (Mrs. Pearce), Dana Kreuger (Mrs. Higgins), Channez McQuay (Mrs. Eynsford-Hill), Thomas Adrian Simpson (Harry), Harry A. Winter (Colonel Hugh Pickering). The ensemble includes Matt Conner, Priscilla Cuellar, Kathryn Fuller, Eleasha Gamble, LC Harden Jr., Evan Hoffmann, Stephen Gregory Smith and Lauren Williams. According to the troupe, "My Fair Lady is the standard by which all others are measured. Henry Higgins, an opinionated linguistics professor and confirmed bachelor, makes a wager with a colleague that he can transform a cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a high society lady. He wins the bet, but doesn't bargain on the profound effect she has on his life. With such musical favorites as 'The Rain in Spain,' 'I Could Have Danced All Night' and 'I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face,' it's no wonder everyone, not just Higgins, falls in love with Eliza. Signature Theatre brings new life and a unique vision to this Lerner and Loewe classic."

The creative team includes choreographer Karma Camp, set designer James Kronzer, costume designer Jenn Miller, lighting designer Mark Lanks, sound designer Tony Angelini and music director Jenny Cartney.

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