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Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady Opens at the Berlind Theatre

(Princeton, NJ) The Program in Theater of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University presents its Fall Show, Lerner and Loewe’s musical classic My Fair Lady, in the Berlind Theatre November 13-14 and 19-21. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is directed by faculty member Suzanne Agins ’97 and stars Laura Hankin ’10 in a production which is also serving as her senior creative thesis.

My Fair Lady tells the story of Professor Henry Higgins (Shawn Fennell ’10), a phonetics specialist, and Eliza Doolittle (Hankin), the Cockney flower girl he wagers he can pass off as a refined society lady by teaching her how to speak with an upper-class accent. First seen on Broadway in 1956, it is now considered one of the masterpieces of the American musical theater, featuring such memorable songs as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Agins has chosen the two piano version of the show seen at the McCarter in 2004, but directs a cast twice the size of that production, including Hankin and Fennell as well as Bethy Atkins ’11, Paul Bangiola ’11, Joey Barnett ’12, Catherine Cohen ’13, Dan Corica ’12, Gabriel Crouse ’12, Carolyn Edelstein ’10, Gary Fox ’13, Chris Ghaffari ’12, Donald Judd, ’12, Lianna Kissinger-Virizlay ’10, Alexis Kleinman ’12, Andy Linz ’11, Matt Prast ’12, Alana Tornello ’12, Danny Weiss ’12 and Margaret White ’11.

Michael Cadden, Director of the Program in Theater, notes that, though the Program has produced musicals in the past, this is the first time that the annual Fall Show – professionally directed, designed and choreographed, with a student cast – has been chosen from this genre: “Musical theater is this country’s unique gift to the world’s stages – the kind of theater we’re most noted for around the globe. In producing My Fair Lady, we celebrate the happy wedding of Shavian Anglo-Irish wit and American musical theater bravura.”

My Fair Lady will be performed at the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center on Friday – Saturday, November 13-14 and Thursday – Saturday, November 19-21. All performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $15 for general admission and may be ordered by calling the McCarter Box Office at 609.258.2787 or University Ticketing at 609.258.9220.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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