The U.S. tour of the Cameron Mackintosh and the National Theatre of Great Britain’s new production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady began Sept.12, in Tampa, Florida to rave reviews. This award-winning production makes its Nashville premiere at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall Oct. 23-28, as part of a national tour.

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Christopher Cazenove, one of England’s most respected stage and screen actors best known to U.S. audiences as Ben Carrington on television’s Dynasty, and Lisa O’Hare, who most recently starred as the title role of Mary Poppins in London, will star as Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, roles they originated on the extended U.K. national tour. 

Also featured in the U.S. Tour premiere are Tim Jerome as Alfred P. Doolittle, Walter Charles as Colonel Hugh Pickering, Sally Ann Howes as Mrs. Higgins, Alma Cuervo as Mrs. Pierce, Justin Bohon as Freddy Eynsford-Hill and at certain performances the role of Eliza Doolittle will be played by Dana DeLisa. Lisa O’Hare is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

“When we announced My Fair Lady to our season subscribers last spring, there was a collective gasp in the audience – and their instinct was right on,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “The reviews in Tampa for the opening of this tour are among the best I’ve seen for a Broadway tour. The critics are calling it ‘perfect’ and ‘splendid.’ This is the opportunity of a lifetime to see one of Broadway’s all-time great musicals in Nashville - audiences will love this show.”

My Fair Lady has book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. It is adapted from Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture and features one of Broadway’s most beloved scores including “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.”

The U.S. national tour of My Fair Lady brings together the original U.K. artistic team with direction by four-time Tony® winner Trevor Nunn, choreography and musical staging by two-time Tony® winner Matthew Bourne, production design by Anthony Ward and lighting design by David Hersey. The musical supervisor is Stephen Brooker and the orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with the dance music arranged by Chris Walker. The sound is by Paul Groothuis. The Associate Choreographer is Fergus Logan. The Associate Director is Shaun Kerrison.

The original production of My Fair Lady opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York on March 15, 1956 where it ran for 2,717 performances – the longest- running musical of its day and still one of the top fifteen longest-running Broadway musicals of all time. It won eight 1956 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. 

My Fair Lady subsequently opened in London with the same cast on April 30, 1958 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and it enjoyed a record-breaking five-and-a-half year run. For more information, please visit

InsideOut, one of four TPAC Education programs, will offer a pre-show Arts Appetizer on Wednesday, October 24, at 6:15 p.m. in James K. Polk Lobby. This event, which is open to the public, features cast members from the production and local professionals who discuss topics relevant to the performance.

A special opening night ticket discount is available; all tickets in the rear orchestra and rear tier sections on Tuesday, October 23, are available for $40 each. Refer to ‘opening night discount’ when ordering tickets.

October 23-28, Andrew Jackson Hall at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8:00 p.m. Friday; 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday; 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday  

$20-72 for single tickets, depending on performance day and seat locations. Tickets are available at, TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills), all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling Ticketmaster at 615-255-ARTS (2787).

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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