The John W. Engeman Theater is proud to announce the creative team and cast for its upcoming production of MY FAIR LADY.
MY FAIR LADY is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical. This musical interpretation of George Bernard Shaw's classic Pygmalion revolves around the uneducated Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl with a dreadful English accent. Eliza becomes the center of a bet between the worldly linguist, Colonel Pickering, and the self-absorbed phoneticist, Mr. Henry Higgins. Pickering wagers that Higgins cannot make good on a claim to teach Eliza to speak and act like a proper lady. With that, an intensive makeover of Eliza's speech, manners and dress begins in preparation for a final test in which she is required to pass as a lady at the Embassy Ball. It is an unlikely love story featuring such classic songs as Wouldn't It be Loverly, I Could Have Danced All Night, The Rain In Spain, and On The Street Where You Live.
MY FAIR LADY is produced for the John W. Engeman Theater by Richard T. Dolce, the theater's Producing Artistic Director. The Director is Alan Souza. He is back at the John W. Engeman Theater having previously directed Rent, Crazy For You and Little Women. He recently directed the world premiere of the play Exposure Time, a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, for New Jersey Repertory. He was nominated for the 2008 Carbonell Award for his work on The Full Monty for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre; the show received 8 nominations in total, including Best Musical and Best Director.
The Choreographer is Marcos Santana whose New York credits include Paul Simon's The Capeman (The Public Theater), Guys and Dolls, The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse), Carmen The Musical, Tarzan (Europe). He was selected as one of the six finalists for Dance Break 2010.
Musical Director, Mike Pettry, is a New York based composer/lyricist and musician and Jonathan Larson Award Winner. Musicals written include The Time Travelers Convention, Long Distance, World of Heroes, The Wonderful World of Zidney (featured highlight at Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival), and Flipside (2007 NYU Frederick Loewe Award winner).
The Casting Director is Stephen DeAngelis who has been a member of the John W. Engeman Theater since its inception and has cast all of the main stage productions as well as the ongoing Broadway Concert Series. Stephen is on staff at Grey NYC having cast over 2,200 network television and radio commercials.
The Design Team includes Adam Koch (Set Designer) whose work includes Million Dollar Quartet (Goodman Theatre & Apollo Theater), Rooms: A Rock Romance (New World Stages), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes nom.), See What I Wanna See, Title of Show (Signature), Five Course Love, Christmas Carol and Sweeney Todd (Geva).
Deborah Caney (Costume Designer) credits include Another Vermeer & Love Drunk starring Austin Pendleton; Engaging Shaw, Beachwood Drive & Cry Havoc, (Abingdon Theatre Co.) Fair and Decent and Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (Luna Stage); Killa Dilla (Working Theater) directed by André De Shields.
Cory Pattak (Lighting Designer) credits include The Story of My Life, Irena's Vow, This Side of Paradise, (Off-Bway),The Maiden's Prayer (InProximity Theatre), Dreyfus in Rehearsal (Beckett Theatre), With Glee, The Blue Flower (Prospect Theatre), Mercy Thieves (Outhouse Theatre), Do Not Disturb (59E59), Macb**h (CSC) and Castronauts (NYMF).
David Premack (Sound Designer) returns to the Engeman where he previously designed The Foreigner, directed by Billy Elliot's B.T. McNicholl. Other NY credits include Kaboom! (NYC Fringe) Got You (HOWL Arts Project) and Godspell (Cultural Arts Playhouse).
Mark Adam Rampmeyer (Hair and Wig Designer) recently completed work on West Side Story currently on Broadway. Mark joins the John W. Engeman Theater this season in a full time role as Artistic Administrator in addition to his design responsibilities.
The Production Manager is Michael Leslie. The Production Stage Manager is CJ LaRoche.
The cast of My Fair Lady features: THOMAS M. Hammond (Henry Higgins), most recently seen in NY as the title character in the critically acclaimed Dr. Knock Off-Broadway at the Mint Theatre. Other credits include Dial M for Murder (Engeman Theater), Hamlet, Julius Caesar and All's Well That Ends Well; RACHEL MOULTON (Eliza Doolittle) who recently played Young Zelda Fitzgerald in the Off-Broadway musical This Side of Paradise, Dory in Finding Nemo The Musical (WDW) and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); John Little (Colonel Pickering) last seen at the Engeman Theater in Run for Your Wife. He also appeared in The Sound of Music and Guys and Dolls at the Ogunquit Playhouse; SAM PINKLETON (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) whose credits include She Loves Me (Westport Country Playhouse) and Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Goodspeed Opera House); Peggy J. Scott (Mrs. Higgins / Mrs. Pearce) who appeared in the Broadway production of Is He Dead? as well as having performed at The Public Theatre, La Mama, Negro Ensemble Company and The Flea Theater; and Gary Troy (Doolittle) who recently appeared in The Irish and How they Got That Way by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes, Tis, Teacher Man), and as Fagin in Oliver, and Asher / Ruben in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The cast also includes DIANA ROSE BECKER whose credits include Miracle on 34th Street, Oklahoma, A Wonderful Life, and Camelot; MARK EPPERSON who was seen in 42nd Street and The Full Monty; James Erickson who just completed Damn Yankees for the Engeman Theater and has also been in The Light In The Piazza, Candide and Aida; David Garry whose credits include Broadway/ 1st National Tour: Company, Sweeney Todd (Sweeney); Brody Hessin appeared in Crazy For You, Fiddler On The Roof and Steel Pier; AJ Hughes Irving Berlin's White Christmas (1st National), 42nd Street.; Jeremy Morse just appeared in Damn Yankees as Rocky; Terry Palasz credits include Oliver, Nine, Footloose and High School Musical; LAUREN PALMERI most recently the US Tour of The Spirit of Christmas, A Chorus Line and The Sound of Music; RACHEL RHODES-DEVEY credits include Children of Eden, Hello Dolly and My Fair Lady; KATE SCOTT trained with Richmond Ballet and at NC School of the Arts; and ARIANA VALDES whose credits include Gypsy, Little Shop of Horrors and Kiss Me Kate.
Press Opening is Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm
MY FAIR LADY will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
ALSO there will be performances on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m., starting September 26. ADDITIONALLY, there will be performance on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 p.m., starting October 13.
Tickets are NOW ON SALE and are $60. Tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.