The line-up has been announced for a 60th anniversary concert staging of My Fair Lady at St. Paul's Church in Covent Garden on Sunday 19th June.
The role of Eliza Doolittle will be shared between Gina Beck (Show Boat/Wicked), Alexia Khadime (Book of Mormon/Lion King), Amy Lennox (Kinky Boots/Legally Blonde), Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon/Les Mis), Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers/Oliver!) and Kara Tointon (The Sound of Music LIVE/Pygmalion).
Frank Skinner will play Alfred P. Doolittle and Anthony Andrews, who starred in My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, will play Henry Higgins. Further casting is to be announced.
Directed by Alastair Knights with musical direction by Alex Parker, the production will include rare material cut from the original 1956 production including two new songs, 'Come To The Ball' and 'Say A Prayer For Me Tonight'. Neither song has ever been heard on the London stage.
Accompanied by an 18 piece orchestra, the concert will also feature much of Lerner and Loewe's score including 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly', 'I Could Have Danced All Night' and 'On The Street Where You Live'.
Liz Robertson, widow of playwright and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and who starred in the 1979 London production, will narrate the concert. The staging will include classic scenes from My Fair Lady, its source material Pygmalion and excerpts from Alan Jay Lerner's autobiography The Street Where I Live.
The evening is supported by Cameron Mackintosh and produced by ebp. All proceeds from the gala will go towards the restoration of St. Paul's Church and to improve disabled access. Tickets are on sale now.