A host of West End Stars gather at the iconic St. Pauls Church, Covent Garden, the location of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins' memorable first encounter, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the original Broadway production of one of the greatest musicals ever written, My Fair Lady.
Directed by Alastair Knights (Putting It Together St James Theatre, Kings of Broadway Palace Theatre), Choreographed by Jacquie Storey with Musical Direction by Alex Parker (Les Miserables Queen’s Theatre, Kings of Broadway Palace Theatre) the performance will include rare material cut from the original 1956 production and never before heard on the London stage, classic scenes from My Fair Lady, its source material Pygmalion and excerpts from Alan Jay Lerner’s autobiography The Street Where I Live. Accompanied by an 18 piece orchestra, the concert will feature many of the classic songs of Lerner and Loewe’s timeless score including Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, I Could Have Danced All Night and On The Street Where You Live.
The role of Eliza Doolittle will be performed by multiple West End leading ladies including Gina Beck (Showboat New London Theatre, Wicked Apollo Victoria); Alexia Khadime (Winner ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Musical’ at the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards for The Book of Mormon Prince of Wales Theatre); Amy Lennox (Nominated for a 2016 Olivier Award for her performance in Kinky Boots Adelphi Theatre); Laura Pitt-Pulford (Nominated at the 2016 Olivier Awards for her performance in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Open Air Theatre) and Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge ITV, The Sound of Music Live ITV).
The concert will also feature BAFTA award winner, Anthony Andrews (My Fair Lady Drury Lane, Brideshead Revised ITV) as Henry Higgins. The role of Alfred P. Doolittle will be played by comedian Frank Skinner and Freddie Eynsford- Hill will be played by Bradley Jaden (Les Miserables Queens Theatre, Shrek Theatre Royal Drury Lane). The respectable Colonel Pickering will be played by Sam Hiller (My Fair Lady Theatre RoyalDrury Lane, Phantom of the Opera Royal Albert Hall) and Mrs Pearce will be played by Rebecca Louis (Mack and Mabel Chichester Festival Theatre / UK Tour, Betty Blue Eyes Novello Theatre / UK Tour). The widow of playwright and lyricist, Alan Jay Lerner, and star of the 1979 London production, Liz Robertson will narrate.
The ensemble will include a host of familiar faces from the West End including Andrew Bateup (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat UK Tour), Jordan Lee Davies (Les Miserables Queens Theatre), Katy Hanna (Les Miserables Queens Theatre), Emma Harrold (Oliver, Leicester Curve), Sejal Keshwala (Bend It Like Beckham Phoenix Theatre) and Joe Vetch (A Little Night Music Palace Theatre).
The evening is generously supported by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and produced by ebp.
All proceeds from this charity gala will go towards the restoration of St. Paul’s Church and to improve disabled access.