Sydney Musicals 2015: Julie Andrews to Direct ‘My Fair Lady’ in AU


Julie Andrews will be directing the famous musical remake of the 1956 Broadway hit “My Fair Lady” in Australia.

In celebration of its 60th Birthday, Opera Australia will be producing the said project along with musical theatre impresario, John Frost. The event will take place at the Sydney Opera House on August 2016, The Daily Telegraph reports.

“It is indeed a privilege to work with Dame Julie Andrews as she creates a new My Fair Lady that will capture the magic of the world’s greatest musical for a new generation of classic musical lovers,” Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Teraccini said, notes The Guardian.

Notably, Dame Julie Andrews first appeared in the “My Fair Lady” musical as the main character Eliza Doolittle. She was later replaced by the late Hollywood actress, Audrey Hepburn, in the 1964 film adaption.

Julie Andrews will be heading to Australia to direct the famous musical.

“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,” she revealed to The Guardian.

Meanwhile, John Frost also commented on the musical and Julie Andrews’ participation:

“It was discussed briefly with her management in 2013, about doing something like this,” he explained.

“It is such a coup, and I think internationally too — it’ll be interesting to see how this is received in New York and London.”

The famous musical was based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion which was presented in 1913.

“My Fair Lady” is a story about a flower girl who later became a society lady with the help of Professor Harry Higgins. The Broadway production showcases music and lyrics by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner respectively.

Stay tuned for more “My Fair Lady” updates.


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