I see no reason to think that her voice is strong enough for the Broadway stage. Or that she can do the accents convincingly.
So, who here thinks that Hugh Jackman could play Henry Higgins? He can definitely do the accent, command the stage, and he's old enough.
[quote]I see no reason to think that her voice is strong enough for the Broadway stage. Or that she can do the accents convincingly
She was pretty wonderful in Carnival at Encores!
I don't like AH but even I'd say R10 needs to find the Encore Carnival clips on YouRube. She's terrific. Though I'd rather see her go for a Judy Garland musical. She's a bit old for Eliza, isn't she?
Also, Firth is all wrong for Higgins. For Shaw, really. They need to get Rupert Everett for Higgins. He did Pygmalion in the West End not too long ago and got great reviews.
Her voice is nice but thin in Carnival. She's certainly no Anna Maria Alberghetti.
I seriously doubt she'd want to do it....she's a big star and Eliza is a no win role...you never can compare with Julie Andrews.
Rupert will be free after April when his successful stint as Oscar Wilde finishes.
Dear Martine McCutcheon - she had an acting job this week, r9 - the murder victim in UK crime series Midsomer Murders, she was the first murder victim, killed after 5 minutes, by being hit with a giant cheese! At least she got one bitchy scene and a moment on the slab at the morgue. And to think she th0ought she would be the next big thing ...
She has also filed for bankruptcy. So not all Elizas clean up ....
No shit, R15.
Movie stars don't like to work, that's why they become movie stars. Broadway musical theatre is the hardest work in the world, maybe only being rivaled by coal mining.
What R11 said.
Patrick Wilson for Prof. Higgins
I bet Anne will want to be an 'edgy' Eliza by wearing pants for the first scene and do a backward somersault on the last note of "I Could Have Danced All Night."
Nathan Lane for Mrs. Pierce.
SJP as Dover.
They keep reviving R&H and L&L shows because there are no longer composers writing music that captures the attention of the public. Studying record sales charts from 40s and 50s, songs from their musicals were purchased by a large segment of the public and received a lot of radio play. Pop and folk singers recorded music from B'way.
There's no 21st century radio show that would play any music from 21st century B'way musicals.
21st century musicals are made up of songs that were already played on 21st century radio. Ever hear of Rock of Ages? Jersey Boys?
Being courted? Old bag/fame whore Clive Davis announces he wants to produce My Fair Lady on Broadwayand names Hathaway as someone he'll ask. Nothing more.
Anne could be a great Eliza, but hopefully not with Davis at the helm.
Maybe Kelly Clarkson would like to do it?
[quote]Broadway musical theatre is the hardest work in the world
Not even close, MARY!
Clive Davis Reveals Why He's Reviving 'My Fair Lady' on Broadway -
Hathaway won't be able to sustain an 8 show a week schedule. Many actresses have had vocal problems playing Eliza. It's written for a true soprano, not one of those mid sopranos with a couple of top notes. I saw Hathaway in Carnival at Encores. She has an ok voice but will never make it through Eliza, so they better get a top notch understudy.
R28 they could cut back and have her do six shows a week, and have the understudy do the matinees.
I also heard her sing Lilli in "Carnival." Her voice is more than strong enough for the Broadway stage--she has a superb voice.
Dominic West for Prof Higgins. He's done it in England.
[quote]OMG! I just noticed I have the same initials as Audrey Hepburn! Isn't that amah-zing?!
That's not a good sign.
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If only Cillian Murphy were a soprano, she'd be the most beautiful Eliza ever.
Cillian Murphy would be too beautiful. He wouldn't be believable as a low class flower-girl. He's too delicate and celestially effete.
Matt Bomer for Freddy!
Hathaway was supposed to do the Cabaret revival last year but dropped out just before it was announced (they got Michelle W instead). She hasn't done anything lately except a supporting part in Nolan's recent movie, seems to be on self-imposed hiatus I don't think she'll be interested in this.
[quote]Isn't she way too old for the part?
Audrey was 34 when she filmed the movie; AnnE is just 31.
Still, why can't they ever hire age-appropriate actresses? In the play, Shaw describes her as being "around 18, no more than 20." The closest on film was Wendy Hiller, who was 25 though she looked older. Julie Andrews was all of 20 when she did it on Broadway, and 26 if she'd been allowed to do the film. But Eliza is always inexplicably cast older. In the first production in 1914, the actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell was pushing 50! And subsequent productions also skew older. More recently, JOana Riding was 36 when she won the Olivier for the most recent London revival.
Eliza, Sally Bowles, and Eva Peron are often cast with thirtysomethings or even fortysomethings even though the characters are in their twenties. Eva died at 33, but for most of the play she's in her teens and twenties.
R38, she did an interview early year where she confirmed it was a self-imposed hiatus. After the major backlash she got last year during awards season, she realized people were sick of her and decided to retreat. At least she has some self awareness. I really wish Streep would take notice and leave us for a bit.
R41, PRETTY WOMAN was an indirect remake, right down to the tile. I mean, My FAIR LADY/PRETTY WOMAN. They both mean the same thing.
- Eliza sells flowers on the street corner; Vivian sells herself on the street corner
- Eliza and Vivian are both picked up by older, rich men
- Eliza and Vivian both have extreme makeovers
- Richard first tests out Vivian at the fancy restaurant with a potential business partner where she charmingly commits a blunder; Higgins first tests out Eliza at his mother's at-home tea party where she charmingly commits a blunder
- Higgins takes Eliza to the Ascot Races; Richard takes Vivian to the polo grounds
- Finally, Higgins takes Eliza to the Embassy Ball all dressed to the nines; finally, Richard takes Vivian tot he opera all dressed to the nines
- After the ball, Eliza is distraught that Higgins only saw her as a bet to win and still sees her as a flower girl; After the opera, Vivian is distraught that Richard still views her as a prostitute
- Both Vivian and Eliza leave, later pursued by Richard and Higgins, respectively
Thanks for link r40. And she apparently doesn’t even live in NY anymore, last year she pulled up stakes to LA and hasn’t been back since. Friends who live on her block in DUMBO can tell b/c they don’t see paps hanging around the local coffee shop anymore waiting for her.