The San Benito Stage Company will end its run of “May Fair Lady” this weekend.
It is the final show at the Granada Theatre for many of the regular players since the theater will be renovated in 2019.
The show includes 28 cast members (see the list attached) and eight or nine technical crew members, he said. Co-directors are Kayla Murphy on vocals and Stephanie Hicks on choreography. Producers are Anne Hall, Suzanne Proctor and Mary Chase.
As for the group’s interpretation of the musical based on George Bernard Show’s “Pygmalion,” Barnes said they tried to stay true to the original intent of the script. He said there are some “old school” sexist tones because the male lead Henry Higgins is somewhat chauvinistic, but they try to portray the female lead character Eliza Doolittle as someone who won’t put up with it.
Julie Andrews played Dolittle in the Broadway original, and Audrey Hepburn played her in the 1964 film.
“So you get the elements of feminism in there that are important,” said Director Derek Barnes, adding how it’s important in these times with equality under the microscope.
Barnes had directed five other shows for the stage company before this one, and said “My Fair Lady” is the most challenging.
“We have some very veteran actors in our show; then we also have a combination of first time on stage,” he said. “That throws a dynamic in there that you’re not prepared for.”
According to the stage company’s description of the show:
When Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores, including: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”
- Friday, July 27 at 7 PM
- Saturday, July 28 at 7 PM