My Fair Lady at the Playhouse
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 8:03 pm
On April 8, Lerner and Loewe’s greatest musical, My Fair Lady, sponsored by VolFirst, will open on the Cumberland County Playhouse’s mainstage in Crossville, TN. Starring as Eliza Doolittle, the role which launched Julie Andrews’ career, is Broadway World Nashville’s “critic’s choice” musical leading lady, Nicole Bégué Hackmann, with “Best Actor” winner (for “Duck Hunter”) Jason Ross in the Rex Harrison role of Henry Higgins. They will be joined by Nathaniel Hackmann, fresh from leading the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as Freddy, an upper crust young man smitten by newly genteel Eliza. He sings the great standard “On the Street Where You Live.”
My Fair Lady, directed for CCP by John Fionte, is the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza, who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins so she can pass as a proper lady, and get a job in a flower shop. The musical is based upon George Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. It opened on Broadway in 1956 starring Andrews and Harrison, setting what was then the record for the longest run of any major musical theater production. It won six Tony Awards and a Theater World Award.
Currently at the Playhouse is the touching and heartfelt Tuesdays with Morrie, rated G and sponsored by Dr. Stanley Bise, through May 12; the warm and funny Silver Whistle, rated G and sponsored by Uplands Retirement Village, through April 15; and the fun and exciting Perils of Pinocchio, rated G and playing through April 1, sponsored by Philip and Jane Burnett/Bean, Smith and Burnett Attorneys, along with Theater and Education sponsor Spirit Broadband. Visit at www.ccplayhouse.com or call 931.484.5000 for more information or to purchase tickets.