Gaslight Dinner Theatre presents classic 'My Fair Lady' Feb. 14-Mar. 15
Release Date: 12/29/2007. Expired: 3/15/2008
With its story of love transcending class and one of the most memorable soundtracks ever, My Fair Lady is often called “the perfect musical.” When it closed its six-year run in 1962, the show was Broadway’s longest-running musical and had earned six Tony Awards including Best Musical. It spawned a 1964 movie that won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Professor Henry Higgins, flower girl Eliza Doolittle and a cast of colorful characters bring My Fair Lady to the Gaslight Dinner Theatre of The Renaissance Center in Dickson Feb. 14-March 15.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays beginning with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner, drink, dessert and the performance.
Gaslight presents special performance for Valentine's Day
The Gaslight Dinner Theatre presents a special night of My Fair Lady for your fair lady on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Tickets are $100 per couple and include a special menu buffet at 6:30 p.m., long-stem rose, chocolates, keepsake photograph and a performance of the classic musical My Fair Lady. Reservations are available for 12 parties of two and 14 parties of four only. Once the first 12 reservations for two are filled, parties of two will share a table with another couple. The dinner menu will include salad, steak, chicken, vegetables and special desserts. Tickets go on sale Jan. 7. The special Valentine’s Day performance is not included in the Gaslight Dinner Theatre’s 2008 Season Pass. To purchase tickets call (615) 740-5601.
Senior Matinees for patrons 55 and older are Thursdays and Fridays beginning with a buffet lunch at 12 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include lunch, drink, dessert and the performance.
“My Fair Lady is the show by which all Broadway musicals came to be measured,” said Pacer Harp, managing director of the Gaslight Dinner Theatre and director for the production. “It has some of the most well-known characters and songs that have ever graced the stage. We are excited to bring such a classic to the Gaslight Dinner Theatre and expect it to be extremely popular.”
Based on the book Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, My Fair Lady was converted into a musical by the legendary team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, who spent two years writing songs while keeping most of Shaw’s dialogue intact.
My Fair Lady is the story of egotistical, misogynistic phonics Professor Henry Higgins, who boasts that he can train any commoner to speak eloquently and pass her off as a lady of English high society. Fellow linguist Colonel Pickering challenges Higgins on his boast and a Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle becomes the subject of the experiment.
Rex Harrison won the Best Actor Tony and Oscar awards for playing Higgins on Broadway and in the movie. Julie Andrews starred as Eliza on stage while Audrey Hepburn was cast for the movie (although most of Eliza’s singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon). My Fair Lady has been revived on Broadway three times, with Harrison reprising his role in 1981 and Richard Chamberlain playing Higgins in 1993-94.
Lerner and Loewe produced one of the most memorable song lists in Broadway history, including Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, With a Little Bit of Luck, Just You Wait, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face.
Greg Frey and Anna Hammonds will make their returns to the Gaslight Dinner Theatre as Higgins and Eliza.
Dickson resident Frey has appeared in Gaslight Dinner Theatre productions of I Do! I Do!, The Boys Next Door, Anything Goes and Run for Your Wife. He has had roles in Renaissance Players productions of A Christmas Carol, Dearly Departed and The Miracle Worker. For the Renaissance Repertory Theatre Company, Frey appeared in productions of Jane Eyre, Davy Crockett: Titan of Tennessee, Mother Goose Mayhem, Richard III, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Christmas Carol in Prose and It’s All Greek to Me. Other theatre credits include The Fantasticks, Blithe Spirit, Godspell, Trilogy of Tales and he has traveled three years as part of Martina McBride’s Joy of Christmas national tour.
Indiana native Hammonds has appeared in Gaslight Dinner Theatre productions of Steel Magnolias, Lend Me a Tenor, Anything Goes, Nuncrackers, The Foreigner, Chicago, A Grand Night for Singing and Run for Your Wife. She won the first Rising Star Award at the 2005 Jimmy Awards and has had roles in the Renaissance Players productions of Children of Eden, Annie, Faith County and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, for which she won Best Actress in a Musical. For the MET series, she has appeared in SNOOPY!!!, Auschwitz Lullaby, HONK!, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe, Pinocchio and Bird Woman (The Story of Sacagewea). Anna also appeared in Now That’s Country and Fabulous Flicks at Bearcreek Farms and Resort in Indiana and most recently was in a touring production of A Christmas Carol.
Tickets for the Gaslight Dinner Theatre production of My Fair Lady go on sale Jan. 7.
For more information, call (615) 740-5600 or visit www.rcenter.org. To purchase tickets, call (615) 740-5601.
The Renaissance Center is a fine arts education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.
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