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Musical ‘My Fair Lady’ to open Tuesday at Proctors

Leslie Alexander as Mrs. Higgins, Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle and Kevin Pariseau as Colonel Pickering in The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Lerner & Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” opening Tuesday at Proctors. (Joan Marcus)
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Leslie Alexander as Mrs. Higgins, Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle and Kevin Pariseau as Colonel Pickering in The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Lerner & Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” opening Tuesday at Proctors. (Joan Marcus)

SCHENECTADY Proctors welcomes the North American tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Lerner & Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” directed by Bartlett Sher, beginning Tuesday and running through Sunday, May 22.

Lincoln Center Theater’s production of the musical won five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. It also received five Drama Desk Awards and three Drama League Awards, including Best Musical Revival for both.

The production, which premiered in the spring of 2018, ended its long run at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on July 7, 2019, after playing 548 performances.

The musical was adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture, “Pygmalion.”

With a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, it premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956. The original production won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for 2,717 performances, making it, at the time, the longest-running musical in Broadway history.

The 1964 film “My Fair Lady” won eight Academy Awards. It depicts a poor Cockney flower-seller named Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) who overhears an arrogant phonetics professor, Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), as he casually wagers that he could teach her to speak “proper” English, thereby making her presentable in the high society of Edwardian London.

It became the second highest-grossing film of 1964. In 1998, the American Film Institute named it the 91st greatest American film of all time. In 2006 it was ranked eighth in the AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals list.

The score contains such now-classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “My Fair Lady” was hailed by The New York Times as “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was.

The North American tour features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, and has sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder and sound by Marc Salzberg. Music Supervision is by Ted Sperling, featuring “My Fair Lady’s” original musical arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang, and dance arrangements by Trude Rittmann. Tour orchestrations are by Josh Clayton and music direction is by John Bell. It is produced by Nederlander Presentations, Inc.

Tickets are available through the Box Office at Proctors, in person or via phone at 518-346-6204 Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or online at proctors.org.

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