Laura Benanti Is Broadway's Next Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady
Benanti will replace Lauren Ambrose in the Tony-nominated revival.
Tony winner Laura Benanti will return to Broadway in Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady, directed by Bartlett Sher.
Benanti will take over the role of Eliza Doolittle for a limited engagement from Tuesday, October 23, to Sunday, February 17, 2019. Lauren Ambrose, who originated the role in this production, will play her final performance on Sunday, October 21.
Benanti joins a cast of 37 headed by Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Rosemary Harris, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston, and Clarke Thorell, with Cameron Adams, Shereen Ahmed, Kerstin Anderson, Heather Botts, Rebecca Eichenberger, SuEllen Estey, Christopher Faison, Steven Trumon Gray, Adam Grupper, Michael Halling, Joe Hart, Todd A. Horman, Sasha Hutchings, Mary Claire King, Kate Marilley, Liz McCartney, Justin Lee Miller, Rommel Pierre O'Choa, Keven Quillon, JoAnna Rhinehart, Tony Roach, Lance Roberts, Blair Ross, Paul Slade Smith, Samantha Sturm, Matt Wall, Michael Williams, Minami Yusui, and Lee Zarrett.
Beginning October 30, Kerstin Anderson will play the role of Eliza Doolittle at all Tuesday evening performances.
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the new revival features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, with sets by Michael Yeargan, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Marc Salzberg, and Tony-winning costume design by Catherine Zuber.