Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Lyric Opera of Chicago announced last week that film star Richard E. Grant and Broadway standout Lisa O’Hare will star as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in Lyric’s grand-scale production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady. The musical will run at Civic Opera House April 28-May 21, 2017.
Grant is widely recognized as one of the great character actors of his generation, appearing in numerous films and television series including Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who. He portrays journalist Bill Walton in the recently released film Jackie. Lisa O’Hare originated the role of Sibella Hallward in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, and starred in the title role of Mary Poppins on the West End. She has been seen guest-starring on ABC’s Castle and NBC’s Undercovers.
Lyric’s company premiere of My Fair Lady also features Bryce Pinkham as Freddy Eynsford-Hill,Donald Maxwell as Alfred Doolittle, and Nicholas Le Prevost as Colonel Pickering, comprising a very high-caliber cast of artists for this production.
"All of us at Lyric are thrilled to introduce our audiences to such a distinguished group of performers in the principal roles," says Anthony Freud, Lyric’s general director, president & CEO. "Our Higgins, Richard E. Grant, has achieved extraordinary international renown for his brilliant portrayals in theater, on film, and on television. Opposite him will be our Eliza,Lisa O'Hare, one of Britain's most captivating musical-theater leading ladies, and the elegant Nicholas Le Prevost, ideally cast as Colonel Pickering. Donald Maxwell, whose exceptional artistry I've admired for many years, will no doubt stop the show in Alfred Doolittle's big numbers, and Bryce Pinkham, our Freddy, is a Tony-nominated actor of captivating charm. I can't imagine a more remarkable quintet to lead Lyric's My Fair Lady."
My Fair Lady is the fifth installment of Lyric’s American Musical Initiative. Robert Carsen directs the American debut of the grand production from Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris with an all-new cast. Complimenting the stellar cast, the creative team also includes choreographer Lynne Page, scenic designer Tim Hatley and costume designer Anthony Powell.
My Fair Lady runs April 28-May 21, 2017, at Lyric’s Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Tickets are available now at www.lyricopera.org/myfairlady or by calling 312.827.5600.
Acclaimed actor Richard E. Grant will star as Professor Henry Higgens in Lyric Opera's spring production of My Fair Lady at Civic Opera House (photo by Pip Seed).