"My Fair Lady" Offers Enchanting Transformation
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre May 7-16

4/19/10


West Windsor, N.J. - The tale of the Cockney girl-turned-aristocrat comes to life at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. Pierrot Productions presents the celebrated Broadway musical, "My Fair Lady," Fridays, May 7 and 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on May 7.

Based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion," with music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Lerner, "My Fair Lady " is set in London's Covent Garden, where a dirty, disheveled Eliza Doolittle first meets noted linguist Henry Higgins. The class-conscious Higgins makes a bet with his friend, Colonel Pickering, that he can transform the unrefined Eliza into a lady by teaching her proper diction and manners.

As her transformation takes hold, complications arise. Young aristocrat Freddy Eynsford-Hill falls for this enchanting mystery lady, while Higgins infuriates Eliza by claiming all the credit for her miraculous makeover. Will she marry Freddy? Will confirmed bachelor Higgins admit his own growing feelings for her? Where does this street urchin belong now that she is a society lady?

The musical score includes such memorable numbers as "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "The Rain in Spain," "On the Street Where You Live," "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face." First performed on Broadway in 1956, the show won many awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and became one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. A popular 1964 film version starred Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

In rehearsal from left, Henry Higgins (Bill King) and Col. Pickering (Steve Decker) instruct Eliza (Mariel Rosati) to listen to herself speak, as household staff members Alison McMullen, Ruth Rittmann and Isabelle Elden look on disapprovingly.
Celebrating "The Rain in Spain," from left, Henry Higgins (Bill King), Eliza Doolittle (Mariel Rosati), and Col. Pickering (Steve Decker).
Enthusiastic Eliza (Mariel Rosati), second from right, shocks racegoers at the Ascot racetrack.

"My Fair Lady" stars Mariel Rosati as Eliza Doolittle, Bill King as Henry Higgins, and Steve Decker as Colonel Pickering. Also featured are Chris E. Arena as Alfred Doolittle, Michael Gearty as Freddy, Gina Vitolo-Stevens as Mrs. Higgins, Kelly Allen as Mrs. Hopkins/Cockney, Lisa Flanagan as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, and Ruth Rittmann as Mrs. Pearce.

Ensemble members include Haley Ackermann, Jaci D'Ulisse, Cathryn Dodge, Isabelle Elden, Joe Kraher, Alison McMullen, Jack Petzko, Johnny Ragazzo, Eric Wishnie, and George Vesa, and dancers Dominick Sanelli and Kate Skelly.

Production team members are director Ruth Markoe, musical director Buzz Herman, choreographer Kat Ross, assistant choreographer Haley Ackermann, and producer/designer Pete LaBriola.

Tickets are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, and $12 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:

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