Clarke Thorell joins the cast of My Fair Lady on Broadway

Mr. Thorell assumes the role of Zoltan Karparthy in Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed revival of My Fair Lady

Clarke Thorell

Broadway alum Clarke Thorell joins the cast of Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Lerner & Loewe's classic musical My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont Theater tonight. He assumes the role of Zoltan Karparthy, replacing Manu Narayan, who originated the role in the production and played his final performance on June 24.  Mr. Narayan is set to star in the Broadway premiere of Gettin' the Band Back Together at the Belasco Theatre from July 19.

Mr. Thorell's previous Broadway credits include AnnieHairsprayMamma Mia!Titanic, and The Who's Tommy. He was last seen on the Great White Way in the 2016 revival of The Front Page.

The principal cast of My Fair Lady includes Tony and two-time Emmy Award nominee Lauren Ambrose (as Eliza Doolittle), Tony Award nominee Harry Hadden-Paton (making his NY stage debut as Henry Higgins), two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (as Alfred P. Doolittle), Tony Award winner Diana Rigg (as Mrs. Higgins), Allan Corduner (as Colonel Pickering), Jordan Donica (as Freddy Eynsford-Hill), and Linda Mugleston (as Mrs. Pearce)

Directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady began previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 15, 2018, ahead of an official opening on April 19.

The musical features book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.

Synopsis: "Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion, the musical tells the story of a cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle, who attempts to pass as a lady after taking speech lessons from phoneticist professor Henry Higgins."

The creative team features music direction by Ted Sperling, choreography by Christopher Gattelli, scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder, and sound design by Marc Salzberg.

This production marks the first Broadway revival in 25 years. The musical originally premiered in 1956, directed by Moss Hart and starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, taking home a total of six Tony Awards in 1957, including "Best Musical." Three short-lived Broadway revivals were staged in 1976, 1981 and 1993.

The score of My Fair Lady features such musical theatre classics as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

My Fair Lady is produced by Lincoln Center Theater in association with Nederlander Presentations Inc.

My Fair Lady Tickets are available now for performances through to January 6, 2019.