Laura Benanti extends limited engagement in My Fair Lady on Broadway

Laura Benanti will continue in the leading role of Eliza Doolittle through to July 7, 2019. 

Laura Benanti in My Fair Lady

Here's some 'loverly' news! Tony Award winner Laura Benanti has extended her limited engagement in Lincoln Center Theater's celebrated revival of Lerner & Loewe's classic musical My Fair Lady. Originally scheduled to play her final performance on February 17, 2019, she will now remain with the production through to July 7, 2019.

Ms Benanti is a Broadway favorite, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Louise in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy. She has also earned Tony nominations for her roles in Swing! (in 2000), Into the Woods (in 2002), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (in 2011), and, most recently, She Loves Me (in 2016). She was last seen on Broadway opposite Amy Schumer in the 2017 Broadway premiere of Steve Martin's comedy Meteor Shower and her previous Broadway credits include In the Next Room, or The Vibrator PlayThe Wedding SingerNine, and The Sound of Music.

Read our Laura Benanti interview

The principal cast of My Fair Lady also currently includes Tony Award nominee Harry Hadden-Paton (as Henry Higgins), six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein (as Alfred P. Doolittle), Academy Award nominee & Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris (as Mrs. Higgins), Allan Corduner (as Colonel Pickering), Christian Dante White (as Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Linda Mugleston (as Mrs. Pearce), and Clarke Thorell (as Zoltan Karpathy).

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, including such timeless 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.”

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 LCT 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.

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 June 2, 2019.

(Photo by Joan Marcus)