Opera Australia’s ‘Loverly’ Next Musical

After a number of successful endeavours into musical theatre, Opera Australia is returning to the theatres with perennial favourite My Fair Lady. But this musical offer has the best hook of any show that Opera Australia has done so far. It will be directed by the original Eliza Doolittle from the first Broadway production . . . the incomparable and crowd-drawing Julie Andrews.

Dame Julie Andrews

Celebrating the show’s 60th anniversary, My Fair Lady will mark the next collaboration between John Frost and Opera Australia. Dame Julie Andrews will take on directing duties and choreography will be handled by the Tony Award-winning Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, South Pacific, The King and I).

My Fair Lady tells the Cinderella story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and the appealingly arrogant phoneticist, Professor Higgins. This endearing tale has charmed audiences for many years and produced some of the most well-known musical theatre numbers including Wouldn’t it be Loverly?, I Could Have Danced All Night and Get Me to the Church on Time. This retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion by famous musical theatre duo Lerner & Lowe took the world by storm when it opened on Broadway in 1956. It also managed to catapult its star, Julie Andrews, into stardom leading to some of her most iconic roles including Mary Poppins.

This is certainly a very clever move for Opera Australia as they venture into the musical theatre world once again. Putting on a musical classic such as My Fair Lady, which has some operatic influences, will certainly draw crowds who grew up on the famous music and the iconic movie. And hopefully these people will bring along their children and grand-children as an easy entry point for new audiences into musical theatre.

While Opera Australia have received a bit of criticism lately for staging musicals, I think that Julie Andrews’ involvement as the director of this new production will certainly save it from such negative comments. (Because, really, who can say a bad word about Julie Andrews!). Plus, it will provide an excellent incentive for anyone who has ever been wowed by her prowess in Mary Poppins.

On her appointment as Director, Dame Julie Andrews, said, “I am thrilled to have been asked to direct My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House in August 2016. I look forward to coming to Sydney this November to cast the production and begin the process of bringing this great musical to life once again.”

And from the response this announcement has received today, Australia is certainly looking forward to welcoming you, Dame Julie Andrews!

This production will open at the Sydney Opera House in August 2016. For more information and to join the waiting list to get tickets visit myfairladymusical.com.au

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