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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2001 11:32 pm 
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As Joanna Riding takes over the lead role an Interview in The Evening Standard.

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Joanna Riding bursts through the stage door of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, wearing a bright smile and a spiffy black-and-red biker jacket. A small, blonde slip of a thing, Martine McCutcheon's replacement as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Riding razzes up to rehearsals each day on a motorbike from her flat in Greenwich. "It's a cruiser-style Virago 535," she says in a soft, vowel-rolling Lancashire burr. "You can't trust Connex, can yer?" How unlike the usual musical star is Joanna - "Call me Jo" - Riding, and how refreshing.

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Review in The Evening Standard not particularly rating Ms. Riding over Ms McCutcheon. I have not seen Martine McCutcheon but I am going to see Joanna Riding next week. I will watch with great interest.

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The West End welcomed its new Eliza Doolittle to Drury Lane last night with cheers, bravos and a partial standing ovation. In a fairer world, indeed, Joanna Riding's debut in My Fair Lady would have obliterated all memories of her predecessor, Martine McCutcheon.

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The article makes an interesting point about the new audience that Martine McCutcheon brought into the theatre.

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News oF Jonathan Pryce's successor in the role of Professor Higgins in The Evening Standard.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Alex Jennings, who won our award for his performance in The Relapse and The Winter's Tale at the National Theatre, is to step into the shoes of Jonathan Pryce as Professor Henry Higgins in the hit production of My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I am going to see this production tonight (after seeing the Nutcracker at the ROH this afternoon!). This is such a difficult role and the standard set by Rex Harrison is so high.


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Bringing in a new audience to see Martine McCutcheon is onw thing - but will such an audience come back to the theatre so see someone else - the truth is probably, and sadly, not. A debate on the cross fertilisation of television and theatre would be interesting. Does anyone have any views?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2001 1:27 am 
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My Fair Lady - Theatre Royal - Drury Lane - Tuesday 18th December - 7.30p.m.<P>I will talk mainly about this production regarding the dance numbers created in it by Matthew Bourne. From my point of view the two best numbers of the show were undoubtedly "With a Little Bit of Luck" and "I'm Getting Married in the Morning". I remember reading an interview with Bourne at the time My Fair Lady fiirst came out and him saying that with these two numbers in particular he wanted to make them into part of the action, part of everyday life for Alfred P Doolittle and hhis associates and not just an excuse for a dance number. Both these numbers are set in a Pub and the dance is staged as a "knees-up". With "A Little Bit of Luck" the action is then taken outside where the dancers proceed to use dustbin lids,washboards etc to beat out the rhythms to create a rioutous joyful noise that really ignited the production. "I'm Getting Married" continues in the pub with drinks and girls galore and again proves a high point of the production.<P>The other two big dance numbesr are the Ascot Gavotte and the Embassy Waltz. The Ascot scene was interesting. The stiff upper lip and English restraint was controlled beautifully in very staccato movements but Bourne also developed horse-like moves for the gnetleman which although didn't seem entirely out of the place didn't sit entirely comfortably with me. Patterns, timing and control in this scene were wonderfully measured.<P>The Embassy Waltz in other productions I feel is never made enough of. It is a wonderful piece of music and it is often only used at the very beginning of Act 2 for a short dance sequence at a sumptuos ball that would surely have been more of a spectacle. Bourne has elongated this piece and at times it was beautiful with Vienna ballroom qualities. However at times I felt that some of the lifts and jumps used were too unrestrained and to me looked slightly out of place.<P>On the whole the dance and movement of the whole show was well chosen and integrated. Other highlightds were the exuberant "Rain in Spain" and how the dancers performed over moving conveyors belts on the floor was truly wonderful. These produced wonderful scene changes where action moves very slickly from one scene to another.<P>I felt that both Jonathan Pryce and Joanna Riding as Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle did an excellent job. It is easy to see why Martine McCutcheon would have had vocal problems when you hear the clarity and volume that Ms. Riding brings to some of the songs. The end note of "I Could Have Danced All Night" was extremely powerful.<P>A very enjoyable and slick production.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2001 8:21 am 
I hope it tours here in the states-I LOVE that musical too- It would be LUVERLY!!!<p>[This message has been edited by angela (edited December 19, 2001).]


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My Fair lady misses out on Critics Circle Awards - Article in The Guardian.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>As Eliza Doolittle could have told her, it is not all roses and daffodils being a Cockney sparrow. Martine McCutcheon, the former EastEnders actor whose venture into the West End finished in tears when she had to pull out of My Fair Lady, was last night licking her wounds again after being snubbed by two big theatre awards. <BR>Despite being the most talked about musical of the year, Trevor Nunn's revival for the Royal National - which set new box office records when it transferred to Drury Lane - was passed over by both the Critics' Circle and the audience award Whatsonstage.com poll. <P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,645534,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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article on Alex Jennings who has just taken over the role of Professor Higgins, in The Telegraph.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>In his first-ever solo singing role, Alex Jennings is to play Professor Higgins in 'My Fair Lady'. He talks to Heather Neill about playing 'posh', his disillusion with the RSC, and why he doesn't want to go on holiday<P><BR>It's a long trek from the stage door at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane to the No 1 dressing-room, along a maze of 18th-century corridors, across the football pitch-size stage, past the costermongers' baskets piled in the wings, to the white door of the star's quarters. A neat brass plaque announces a new incumbent, Alex Jennings. He has just moved in to take over the role of Professor Higgins in Trevor Nunn's National Theatre production of My Fair Lady.<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2002/05/15/btjenn12.xml&sSheet=/arts/2002/05/15/ixartleft.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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Review in the Guardian now that Alex Jennings has joined the cast.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Jennings's real gift has always been for comedy, and here he cuts both Higgins's monstrousness and his teddy-bear cuteness (all growl and no bite) with a sense of irony that suggests the man might actually be faintly aware of his own ridiculousness. This Higgins is constantly running his hands through his hair, which might merely signify a bad case of nits brought on by proximity to the working classes, but also conveys something of the puzzlement of the Edwardian gentleman who belatedly realises that he has fossilised while the world around him has changed. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,719721,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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Review in The Telegraph.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Jennings may lack some of Pryce's twinkly gravitas, but this brilliant and charismatic actor, who has never quite achieved the star status he so richly deserves, succeeds superbly in locating the lost little boy behind Higgins's bullying bluster.<P>Riding is a wonderfully touching and funny Eliza, equally confident whether playing common or posh, blessed with a voice of soaring beauty, and movingly showing how Eliza's education comes within an ace of destroying everything that made her special in the first place.<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2002/05/23/btmyfair.xml&sSheet=/arts/2002/05/23/ixartleft.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>And in The Times.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>TREVOR Nunn’s revival of My Fair Lady at the National Theatre originally had the added drama of whether or not the flu-ridden leading lady would make it to the ball on opening night. Such tension only heightened the sense of gutsiness and vulnerability Martine McCutcheon brought to the role of Eliza Doolittle. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,685-305105,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><p>[This message has been edited by Joanne (edited May 23, 2002).]


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Article in The Independent on the financial success that musicals have brought to NT over the last couple of years predominently with My Fair Lady.

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Martine McCutcheon's starring role as Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady helped to keep the National Theatre out of debt.

Though McCutcheon missed many performances through illness, the production sold out on the publicity and the box office receipts helped to fill the National's coffers, as did the success of another vintage musical, South Pacific, also directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, the artistic director.

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Press release

“MY FAIR LADY”
AS IT ENTERS ITS THIRD YEAR
AT THE THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE FROM MONDAY 10 MARCH


Anthony Andrews, Laura Michelle Kelly and Russ Abbot will take over the starring roles of ‘Professor Henry Higgins’, ‘Eliza Doolittle’ and ‘Alfred P Doolittle’ in Cameron Mackintosh’s smash-hit production of “MY FAIR LADY” at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Monday 10 March. Anthony Andrews received worldwide recognition for his award-winning performance as ‘Sebastian Flyte’ in “Brideshead Revisited”. His other television credits include “Love In a Cold Climate”, “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “The Duchess of Duke Street”. He has made many films, and his theatre credits include West End and Royal National Theatre productions. Laura Michelle Kelly starred in the West End musicals “Mamma Mia!”, “Les Miserables” and “Whistle Down the Wind”. Russ Abbot has starred in his own television series’, including “Russ Abbot’s Madhouse” and “The Russ Abbot Show”. His West End stage work includes starring in “Little Me”, “Oliver!” and “Caught in the Net”.

At the same time, Stephen Moore will take over the role of ‘Colonel Hugh Pickering’, Hannah Gordon ‘Mrs Higgins’, Michael Xavier ‘Freddy Eynsford-Hill’ and Patsy Rowlands will return to play ‘Mrs Pearce’. Stephen Moore has recently starred in London stage productions of “The Cherry Orchard” and “An Enemy of the People”, and his many film and television credits include “Brassed Off”, “Middlemarch”, “Love on a Branch Line” and “Foyle’s War”. Hannah Gordon starred in the television series “My Wife Next Door”, “Telford’s Change”, and “Upstairs, Downstairs”, and she has worked extensively in the theatre; she fronted the recent television series “Watercolour Challenge”. Michael Xavier has been in the touring production of “Miss Saigon”. Patsy Rowlands has appeared in many West End stage productions, and her television credits include “The Cazalet Chronicles”, “The Canterbury Tales” and “Vanity Fair”. Katie Knight-Adams will play the role of ‘Eliza’ at certain performances.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of “MY FAIR LADY”, produced in association with the Royal National Theatre, recouped its entire capitalization in a record-breaking 18 weeks after opening in the West End. This production of “MY FAIR LADY” originally opened in the Lyttelton Theatre in March 2001, where it ran for three months, before transferring to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in July 2001. “MY FAIR LADY” opened to a record-breaking advance at Drury Lane.

“MY FAIR LADY” won three Laurence Olivier Awards last year, including ‘Outstanding Musical Production’, and has just received two Laurence Olivier Awards nominations this year, for Alex Jennings and Joanna Riding as ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress in a Musical’.

“MY FAIR LADY” has book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe and is adapted from Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion” and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture.

“MY FAIR LADY” is directed by Trevor Nunn and has choreography and musical staging by Matthew Bourne, with sets and costumes designed by Anthony Ward and lighting by David Hersey. The musical supervisor is David White and the orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with the dance-music arranged by Chris Walker. Stephen Brooker is musical director and the sound is by Paul Groothuis.

“MY FAIR LADY” is produced by Cameron Mackintosh, in association with the Royal National Theatre.

“MY FAIR LADY” is now booking until the end of June 2003.

Visit the “MY FAIR LADY” website on [url=http://www.myfairladythemusical.com]www.myfairladythemusical.com[/b][/url]


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Charles Spencer reviews My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane


For those seeking musical theatre at the very summit of its achievement, Trevor Nunn's revival of My Fair Lady (1956) undoubtedly remains the top recommendation in town. Chicago may be sexier, The Lion King more spectacular, Mamma Mia! more exuberant, but for intelligence, wit, unforgettable melody and moving depth of feeling there is nothing to touch the Lerner and Loewe classic.

The show is in its third glorious year and has a new cast. Alex Jennings and Joanna Riding, who deservedly won Olivier awards for their performances as Higgins and Eliza (a unique achievement for a takeover cast, I fancy) have now moved on, to be replaced by Anthony Andrews and Laura Michelle Kelly.

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