Stellar Cast Announced For 'My Fair Lady'

Tuesday 10 February 2009

The full principal cast for the Auckland season of My Fair Lady has been announced.

Joining star of Australian stage-and-screen, William McInnes (Blue Heelers, SeaChange, A Country Practice and recent AFI Best Actor Award winner for Unfinished Sky) as Henry Higgins and the critically-acclaimed Taryn Fiebig as Eliza is a star-studded cast that includes Robert Grubb, Ilona Rodgers and Hayden Tee.

Robert Grubb (best known in New Zealand for his starring roles in the popular television series, The Flying Doctors and in films Paradise Road, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Phar Lap, Gallipoli and My Brilliant Career) will play Eliza’s rascally father, Alfred P. Doolittle.

New Zealand theatrical legend, Ilona Rodgers (Gloss, Marlin Bay) will make her debut in this production as Higgins’ fabulously acerbic mother and society dame, Mrs. Higgins.

The cast also features one of New Zealand’s brightest young theatrical exports, Hayden Tee (Les Misérables, South Pacific, Kiss Me Kate) Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Rhys McConnochie as Colonel Picking, and Robyn Arthur as Mrs. Pearce.

This spectacular production will play a strictly limited season at Auckland’s Civic Theatre from 25 March 2009.

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical, My Fair Lady, is an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion.

Featuring some of the most memorable Broadway hits of all time, the magic of My Fair Lady continues to endure. Few can forget ‘The Rain in Spain’, or be able to resist singing along to ‘I Could Have Danced all Night’, ‘Get Me to the Church on Time’, and ‘Wouldn’t it be Loverly’.

Transporting audiences to the lively heart of London, My Fair Lady features a delightful mix of comedy and romance.  This international production comes to New Zealand after return seasons in Sydney and Melbourne and rave reviews across Australia.

With a brilliant cast, extravagant sets, outstanding performances, a virtuosic chorus and a veritable fashion parade of stunning costumes – My Fair Lady is a guaranteed night of pure theatre magic.

“Enchanting production” – Sydney Morning Herald

“ . . . absolutely bloomin’ loverly.”  - Sunday Telegraph