As one of Washington's premier benefit engagements, the annual Kennedy Center Spring Gala provides critical funding to support the Center's performances, education, and outreach initiatives.
For its 21st annual Spring Gala, the Kennedy Center presents My Fair Ladyin Concert on the Concert Hall stage. The famed 1956 musical features book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner with music by Frederick Loewe and will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge. The concert staging will be accompanied by the 35-piece Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra conducted by Music Director James Moore.
Casting for this one-time-only event includes Tony Award winner Gregory Jbara as Alfred P. Doolittle, Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly as Eliza Doolittle, Academy Award and multiple Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman as Mrs. Higgins, Kennedy Center's Follies cast member Florence Lacey as Mrs. Pearce, two-time Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce as Henry Higgins, Max von Essen as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, and Michael York as Colonel Pickering. This performance is made possible through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
My Fair Lady is adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture. The story is about a poor Cockney flower girl (Eliza Doolittle) who takes speech lessons from a snobbish phonetics professor (Henry Higgins) in order to pass for a lady in high society. It features one of Broadway's most beloved scores including "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and "Get Me to the Church on Time."
Performance Timing: Act I - 75 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act II - 60 min.