Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre presents its 63rd annual production, “My Fair Lady,” on March 29th, 30th, 31st, April 5th and 6th at Neshaminy High School Auditorium, 2001 Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne.
Friday performances are at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm.
The production will be directed and choreographed by Barrymore Award-nominated director/choreographer Stephen Casey.
“My Fair Lady” is based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.
Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” “My Fair Lady” tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.”
A cast of colorful characters join Professor Higgins and Eliza as their evolving relationship transforms them both.
The original 1956 Broadway and London productions, starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, were a critical and popular success, winning six Tony Awards and hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best musicals of the century.”
It set a record for the longest run of any show on Broadway up to that time.
It was followed by the popular 1964 film version starring Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, and many revivals including the current run on Broadway, still going strong since last spring.
Critics have noted the show’s satirical examination of class and gender privilege make it as relevant today as ever.
“My Fair Lady” has been called “the perfect musical.”
The cast of 35 comes from throughout the region.
Neshaminy Valley has received national recognition for its annual productions including 32 nominations and six wins from the International Music & Entertainment Awards.
Director Casey has received three nominations for Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards and has directed or choreographed productions for Bristol Riverside Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Bucks County Playhouse, as well as 10 productions with Neshaminy Valley.
The Theatre, founded in 1956 as a not-for-profit, has awarded over $150,000 in college scholarships to talented local high school seniors who plan to pursue their education in the fine or performing arts.
PHOTO CAP: Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre’s spring 2018 production of “Young Frankenstein”