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The final musical of Olney Theatre Center’s 2016-17 Season, “My Fair Lady,” directed by Alan Souza, will runs on the Mainstage June 21 to July 23.
Lerner and Loewe’s award-winning adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion” is widely considered one of the most beloved American musicals for its witty and urbane showdown between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle.
While “My Fair Lady” is inarguably a classic, the Olney Theatre production seeks to invigorate it with a new time period and a heightened awareness of the context surrounding it,” according to theater officials.
“This is a My Fair Lady told for a modern audience,” Souza says in a press release. “In a time when our rights are being questioned daily, we are moving the play to 1921, which is just as women gained suffrage in England. Suddenly the classic battle of wills between Eliza and Higgins takes on new dynamics and greater resonance.”
“I’ve been looking forward to this production of ‘My Fair Lady’ for over a year,” Artistic Director Jason Loewith says in a press release. “Director Alan Souza has breathed fresh, dynamic life into the works of Lerner and Loewe all over the country, and finally arrives in D.C. I can’t wait to see what he finds in their greatest musical, especially with phenomenal talents Brittany Campbell and Danny Bernardy as Eliza and Higgins.”
Regular performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.; Wednesday matinees on June 28 and July 12 at 2 p.m. No Saturday matinee performance will be held June 24.
An audio-described performance for the blind and visually impaired will be presented June 21 and July 5 at 8 p.m. A Sign-interpreted performance will be presented July 13 at 8 p.m.
Tickets begin at $45. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, military and students.
To purchase tickets, visit olneytheatre.org or call 301-924-3400.
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