Fair Lady" Offers Enchanting Transformation
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre May 7-16
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
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?
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.
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.
"The Rain in Spain," from left, Henry Higgins (Bill King),
Eliza Doolittle (Mariel Rosati), and Col. Pickering (Steve Decker).
Eliza (Mariel Rosati), second from right, shocks racegoers at the
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.
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.
team members are director Ruth Markoe, musical director Buzz Herman, choreographer
Kat Ross, assistant choreographer Haley Ackermann, and producer/designer
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
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.
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