Shaw Festival 2024 News ~ LERNER AND LOEWE’S MY FAIR LADY MAKES ‘LOVERLY’ RETURN TO THE SHAW

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, one of the most beloved musicals of all time, returns to the Shaw Festival stage. First performed at The Shaw in 2011, this new production of the timeless musical adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is co-directed by Artistic Director Tim Carroll and Associate Artistic Director Kimberley Rampersad. The production also features choreography by Ms. Rampersad. Bursting with lush orchestrations, memorable songs, charming comedy and breathtaking romance, The Shaw’s production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady begins previews on Saturday, May 4 at the Festival Theatre.

Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Kristi Frank) dreams of a better life. Through a chance encounter, she finds herself the subject of a wager between Henry Higgins (Tom Rooney), a renowned but misanthropic professor of phonetics, and his colleague Colonel Pickering (David Alan Anderson), an enthusiastic fellow linguist. Higgins vows to transform Eliza from a coarse, working-class nobody into an elite, upper-class socialite in six months. A new life and job prospects within her grasp, Eliza allows herself to be subjected to a series of intensive lessons in posh elocution and mannerisms under Higgins’s eccentric and demanding tutelage.

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady also features David Adams, Matt Alfano, Tat Austrie*, Alana Bridgewater, Shane Carty, Sharry Flett, JJ Gerber*, Élodie Gillett, Patty Jamieson, Gryphyn Karimloo**, Graeme Kitagawa**, Allan Louis, Tama Martin*, Allison McCaughey, André Morin, Ruthie Nkut*, Drew Plummer, Jade Repeta***, Kiera Sangster, Jeremiah Sparks, Gabriella Sundar Singh, Taurian Teelucksingh** and Jacqueline Thair.

The Shaw’s 2024 production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady features music direction by Paul Sportelli, set design by Lorenzo Savoini, costume design by Joyce Padua, lighting design by Mikael Kangas and sound design by John Lott. The production team includes stage manager Allan Teichman and assistant stage managers Kelly Boudreau and Annie McWhinnie.

On stage at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade) from May 4 to December 22 (available for review beginning May 23), Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is recommended for audience members 9+/Grade 3+. Running time is approximately 3 hours, including one intermission.

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is sponsored by BMO Financial Group and Mary E. Hill.
Vintage Hotels is the Official Hotel Partner of the Shaw Festival’s production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady.

The 2024 season at the Festival Theatre is supported by Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

Cast:  
David Adams Alfred P. Doolittle
Matt Alfano Swing
David Alan Anderson Colonel Pickering
Tat Austrie* Ensemble
Alana Bridgewater Mrs. Eynsford-Hill/Ensemble
Shane Carty Harry/Lord Boxington
Sharry Flett Mrs. Higgins
Kristi Frank Eliza Doolittle
JJ Gerber* Butler/Dr. Themistocles/Ensemble
Élodie Gillett Lady Boxington/Ensemble
Patty Jamieson Mrs. Pearce/Queen of Transylvania/Ensemble
Gryphyn Karimloo** Ensemble
Graeme Kitagawa** Sir Reginald Tarrington/Ensemble
Allan Louis Zoltan Karpathy/Ensemble
Tama Martin* Ensemble
Allison McCaughey Ensemble
André Morin Swing
Ruthie Nkut* Swing
Drew Plummer Jamie/Ensemble
Jade Repeta*** Swing
Tom Rooney Henry Higgins
Kiera Sangster Ensemble
Jeremiah Sparks Bartender George/Ensemble
Gabriella Sundar Singh Ensemble
Taurian Teelucksingh** Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Jacqueline Thair Ensemble

 

Creative & Production  
Tim Carroll Co-Director
Kimberley Rampersad Co-Director and Choreographer
Paul Sportelli Music Director
Lorenzo Savoini Set Designer
Joyce Padua Costume Designer
Michael Kangas Lighting Designer
John Lott Sound Designer
Angel Everett
Ximena Pinilla
Assistant Set Designer
Assistant Set Designer
Rose Tavormina Assistant Costume Designer
Jeff Pybus Assistant Lighting Designer
Bex Tralli Assistant Sound Designer
Matt Alfano Dance Captain
Élodie Gillett
Ryan deSouza
Assistant Director
Associate Conductor
Allan Teichman Stage Manager
Kelly Boudreau
Annie McWhinnie
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

* RBC Emerging Artists are sponsored by the RBC Foundation and RBC Emerging Artists.
** The Baillie Cohort is generously supported by the Baillie Family Fund for Education.
*** Christopher Newton Intern Jade Repeta is generously supported by Marilyn & Charles Baillie.

About Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady
Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner Music by Frederick Loewe
Adapted from Bernard Shaw‘s play and Gabriel Pascal‘s motion picture Pygmalion
Original production directed by Moss Hart

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (www.mtishows.com).

The Shaw Festival’s 2024 season runs through to December 22, with a playbill featuring Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, One Man, Two Guvnors, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Human Heart, Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, The Secret Garden, The Orphan of Chao, Candida, The House That Will Not Stand, Snow in Midsummer and A Christmas Carol. The Spiegeltent’s season features The Shaw Variety Show, The Roll of Shaw, Kabarett, Cotton Club, Coffee Concerts, Footlights, Speakeasies, What’s In Your Songbook and Gospel Choir.

Direct bus service from Downtown Toronto and Burlington to Niagara-on-the-Lake is available on the Toronto-Niagara Shaw Express. Luxury buses are standard size wheelchair accessible, offer free Wi-Fi and have an on-board host. $34 return per person. Ticket to a 2024 performance is required. Please pre-arrange with the Box Office. Schedule is subject to change. Please confirm dates and times with the Shaw Festival Box Office.

For more information or to purchase tickets or a seat on the Toronto-Niagara Shaw Express, please contact the Shaw Festival Box Office at 1-800-511-SHAW or visit shawfest.com.

Mask use at The Shaw: Masks are not currently required in our theatres. Though wearing a mask is optional, it is recommended; however, the choice remains at the discretion and comfort of the individual. The Shaw continues to maintain its Duty of Care measures. Patrons are also requested to refrain from attending any performance or event if presenting COVID-19 symptoms.

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Shaw Festival’s 2024 Season

The best part of my job is cooking up a season full of delightful surprises. 2024 is full of delight and surprise: great plays brought to life in unexpected ways and plays you have never seen but which you will never forget. It’s all happening at The Shaw – don’t miss out.

— Tim Carroll, Artistic Director

2024 Shaw Festival Plays

  • MY FAIR LADY
  • ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HUMAN HEART
  • WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTIO
  • THE SECRET GARDEN
  • THE ORPHAN OF CHAO (Lunchtime One-Act)
  • CANDIDA
  • THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
  • SNOW IN MIDSUMMER
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • SPIEGELTENT – Enter a secret world of glamour, beauty, and pleasure. Our 1920’s ‘mirror tent’ is the perfect venue for cabaret: listen to music, soak up the atmosphere, catch someone’s eye in their reflection … our cabaret space, alive with music and performance of all kinds
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