My Fair Lady and a New Jonathan Tolins Play Join Bay Street Theater's Summer Season
The Long Island theater will offer a brand-new take on Lerner and Loewe's Pygmalion story.
Bay Street Theater has announced two of the three productions composing its 2016 Mainstage Summer Season, which will run from May 31-August 28, 2016.
The season will open with the world premiere of The Forgotten Woman, a new play by Jonathan Tolins, who is best known for his hit one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar. Directed by Noah Himmelstein, the story follows Margaret Meier, a gifted soprano on the verge of a major operatic career — and she's terrified. When a handsome reporter shows up at her Chicago hotel room, this anything-but-diva-like diva is forced to grapple with her less-than-passionate marriage, her child, her ambition, her weight, and the price she must pay in a most demanding and irrational art form.
A new version of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady will follow as the second installment of the summer season. The Bay Street production will feature a two-piano arrangement of the beloved score, offering an up-close perspective of the characters and relationships made famous by George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.
A third play or musical to be announced will complete the 2016 Summer Mainstage Season.
"I am thrilled to announce two of the three shows for the 25th Anniversary Summer Mainstage Season at Bay Street," said artistic director Scott Schwartz. "These two productions continue to affirm Bay Street's commitment to new works and visionary new productions of great classics. They also both focus on strong and complex women, and in Margaret Meier and Eliza Doolittle we will get to spend the summer with two great female characters. Our 25th season will be full of an exciting array of diverse work, and will be one of our best yet!"