Some of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s most popular productions in recent years have not been operas. The company’s American Musical Initiative has brought four productions to the Civic Opera House – including Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Caoursel, and The King and I – some of which have broken box office records.
Today, Lyric announced casting for its fifth musical in the series, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Richard E. Grant and Lisa O’Hare star as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle.
Richard E. Grant is best known for his appearances in popular television shows such as Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who. Grant performed the role of Henry Higgins previously in Opera Australia’s 2008 production.
Lisa O’Hare played the title role in Mary Poppins in the West End. O’Hare was also in the world-premiere cast of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Lyric has cast Bryce Pinkham as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Donald Maxwell as Alfred Doolittle, and Nicholas Le Prevost as Colonel Pickering.
Anthony Freud, Lyric’s general director, president & CEO, said, "All of us at Lyric are thrilled to introduce our audiences to such a distinguished group of performers in the principal roles.”
Robert Carsen’s production comes to Chicago from Paris, where it premiered at the Théâtre du Châtel. My Fair Lady runs April 28-May 21, 2017 at Lyric’s Civic Opera House.
For more information, visit Lyric’s website.