Can you say “dream casting”?
That’s what I thought, anyway, when I read the names of the principals in the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra/Mad Cow Theatre concert staging of My Fair Lady, which is coming up May 8 and happens to be, in my mind, anyway, one of the perfect musicals of all time.
- Michelle Knight as Eliza Doolittle
- Philip Nolen as Henry Higgins
- Mark Lainer as Colonel Pickering, and
- Michael Edwards as Alfred P. Doolittle.
Add to those names Karel Wright as Mrs. Higgins and Jacob Haines as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, with Christopher Wilkins conducting and Alan Bruun stage-directing.
I’m glad we’ve got our tickets already. Here’s how you can get yours:
Orlando Philharmonic and Mad Cow Theatre present ‘My Fair Lady’
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra collaborates with Mad Cow Theatre to present the tenth concert in the 2009-2010 Super Series, a semi-staged production of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, My Fair Lady. Two performances will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando. A matinée performance is held at 2:00 PM and an evening performance is held at 8:00 PM. Sponsors for the performances are the Darden Foundation (Super Series Sponsor), Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/Bank of America Corporation (Concert Sponsor), Harriett Lake (Artist Sponsor), United Arts of Central Florida and Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Cultural Tourism Program.
Hailed as one of the greatest musicals of all time, My Fair Lady is the timeless story of Professor Henry Higgins, the crotchety, middle-aged bachelor and phoneticist and Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl, who becomes part of his experiment in order to transform herself into a “lady.” The story is based upon George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.
Maestro Christopher Wilkins leads the orchestra in this classic musical featuring stage direction by Alan Bruun, Artistic Director of Mad Cow Theatre. This is the fifth collaboration between the Orlando Philharmonic and Mad Cow Theatre.
Featured performers include: Michelle Knight (Eliza Doolittle), Philip Nolen (Henry Higgins), Karel Wright (Mrs. Higgins), Jacob Haines (Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Mark Lainer (Colonel Pickering) and Michael Edwards (Alfred P. Doolittle).
Audiences will enjoy favorite hits including: “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”
Tickets to My Fair Lady are $13, $26, $36, $48 and $65. To purchase tickets, phone the Philharmonic’s box office at 407-770-0071, or visit the Philharmonic’s website at www.orlandophil.org.