Danny Burstein

Danny Burstein to join Broadway cast of My Fair Lady as Alfred P. Doolittle

Burstein is set to play a limited engagement at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater from January 8 through to April 28, 2019.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Get him to the theater on time! Six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein will return to the Great White Way and assume the role of Alfred P. Doolittle in Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed revival of Lerner & Loewe's classic musical My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. He is set to play a limited 16-week engagement from January 8 through to April 28, 2019. Original cast member and two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz will play his final performance in his Tony-nominated role on January 6, 2019.

Danny Burstein is a Broadway veteran with a grand total of six Tony Award nominations for his performances in Fiddler on the Roof (2016), Cabaret (2014), Golden Boy (2013), Follies (2012), South Pacific (2008), and The Drowsy Chaperone (2006). His other Broadway credits include The Snow GeeseWomen on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownA Class ActTitanicCompany, and The Seagull, among others. He was last seen on stage as Harold Zidler in the world premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre.

The principal cast of My Fair Lady currently 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), Oscar nominee & Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris (as Mrs. Higgins), Allan Corduner (as Colonel Pickering), Jordan Donica (as Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Linda Mugleston (as Mrs. Pearce), and Clarke Thorell (as Zoltan Karpathy). Kerstin Anderson assumes the role of Eliza Doolittle on Sunday matinee performances.

As previously announced, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti is set to take on the leading role of Eliza Doolittle for a limited engagement from October 23, 2018 through to February 17, 2019. 

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 April 21, 2019.

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