Broadway is coming to town like never before! One of the country’s leading centers for the performing arts, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., is coming to the West Coast with its award-winning cast for a one-time-only performance of My Fair Lady in Concert at 3 p.m. on June 16 at the Granada Theatre.
This special performance will have audiences singing along to famous tunes such as “Get Me to Church on Time” and “I Could Have Danced All Night,” sung and played by the best of the best. Santa Barbara Symphony, who has partnered with Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA) to present this special treat, will perform the famous original score.
The world-class cast features Tony Award winner Gregory Jbara as Alfred P. Doolittle, Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly as Eliza Doolittle, two-time Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce as Henry Higgins and Academy Award and multiple Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman as Mrs. Higgins—all under the direction of Tony Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge. That is a lot of Tony’s—and a lot of talent!
For those of you who know the tunes but not their origins, the famed 1956 musical My Fair Lady is adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. It tells of a poor Cockney girl who takes phonetic lessons to fit in as a lady in high society—a plot that leaves plenty of room for laughs.
SBCPA is bringing this star-studded performance all the way from D.C. as part of their efforts to develop a high-caliber musical theater program in Santa Barbara. The recent rise in popularity of Broadway musicals among television shows and movies has inspired SBCPA to choose this especially entertaining show, a performance they know the whole community will enjoy.
Gather the grandparents, the kids and all ages in between for this special show of My Fair Lady in Concert. It has quite a cast and promises to be the theatrical performance of the season, so get your tickets before they sell out!
To purchase tickets, call 805/899-2222 or visit the Granada website.
–Alexis O. Kafkis