Act II Playhouse to Present "My Fair Lady"
The Act II Playhouse, located in Ambler, will be presenting the classic musical “My Fair Lady” this spring. It is the largest production the 130-seat theater has ever staged, but one that is sure to wow audiences, especially since Tony Braithwaite will be playing Professor Henry Higgins. (Braithwaite is also Act II’s incoming Artistic Director).
Set in 1912, the musical tells the story of how Professor Higgins meets Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (played by Eileen Cella), and becomes determined to train her to speak like a proper English lady. Joining Braithwaite and Cella are Chris Faith (Colonel Pickering), Mary Martello (Mrs. Higgins), Mike Corr (Mr. Doolittle), and ensemble members Lindsay Mauck, Jonathan Silver, Anabelle Garcia, Owen Pelesh, Harrison Post, and Jordi Wallen, all of whom play multiple roles. Additionally, Mauck, Pelesh and Post will also be doubling as members of the band, playing the piano, flute, and violin and the piano. Talk about a talented bunch!
“It is interesting to me how we are so fascinated by English history and society, especially the huge disparity in class. It is easy to see how the lower classes got stuck there and had either such disdain or a sense of servitude towards the upper class,” Said Producing Artistic Director Bud Martin. “It is also interesting to see the importance of language within the upper classes and the number of varying regional accents among the lower classes. I love the joke in My Fair Lady about Americans not speaking English. I wonder what Higgins would say today if he were to read some text messages from teenagers.”
Opening night of “My Fair Lady” is Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. The show runs through May 20, 2012.Â Tickets are $33 for all regular Wednesday-Thursday performances, $38 for Friday evenings, Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, and $41 for opening night, which includes a post-show reception with free food and wine. Discounts are available for students, seniors 65 and older, and groups of 10 or more. Due to the theater’s capacity, tickets are expected to sell quickly, and you are encouraged to buy and buy early! Tickets can be purchased at www.act2.org or by calling the box office at (215) 654-0200.