ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
will make her Broadway debut starring as “Eliza Doolittle”
opposite previously announced Tony® Award winner
in a new Broadway production of
George Bernard Shaw’s
Directed by David Grindley
Previews begin Friday, September 21st, 2007
Opening night is Thursday, October 18th, 2007
at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to announce Claire Danes will make her Broadway debut as “Eliza Doolittle” opposite previously announced Tony® Award winner Jefferson Mays as “Henry Higgins” in a new Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, directed by David Grindley at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St).
Pygmalion will begin previews on Friday, September 21st, 2007 and open officially on Thursday, October 18th, 2007. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, December 16th, 2007.
Additional cast members will be announced shortly. The design team includes Jonathan Fensom (sets & costumes), Jason Taylor (lights), Gregory Clarke (sound) and Majella Hurley (dialect coach).
George Bernard Shaw’s famous play, Pygmalion, inspired the legendary and award winning musical My Fair Lady, written and composed by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Based on the classical myth, Pygmalion plays on the complex business of human relationships in a social world. When Professor Henry Higgins (Mays) comes across a poor and uneducated Cockney girl named Eliza Doolittle (Danes), Higgins makes a bet that he can take Eliza from the gutters of London and pass her off as a society lady, by simply teaching her the right dialect in which to speak. Higgins soon discovers that this task involves much more than knowledge; it involves patience and most importantly, affairs of the heart.
Roundabout Theatre Company has a long association with George Bernard Shaw’s work, having staged over twenty productions since 1971. The most recent Shaw plays seen on Roundabout stages include Heartbreak House (2006-2007), Major Barbara (2000-2001), Arms and the Man (1999-2000) and You Never Can Tell (1997-1998), Misalliance (1996-1997).
Pygmalion premiered on Broadway in 1914 at the Park Theatre and subsequently was revived on Broadway in 1927, 1938, 1945 and 1987. In 1956, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe wrote My Fair Lady, a musical based on Shaw’s classic play.
TICKET INFORMATION & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Tickets will be available August 2007 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines box office (227 West 42nd St.).
Pygmalion will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM. Ticket prices range from $51.25 – $96.25.
CLAIRE DANES (Eliza Doolittle). Pygmalion marks Danes’ Broadway debut. Her most recent film work includes: the upcoming Paramount release of Matthew Vaugh’s Stardust opposite Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charlie Cox and Sienna Miller; Lajos Koltai’s Evening opposite Toni Collette, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave; Anand Tucker’s Shopgirl opposite Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman; Thomas Bezucha’s romantic comedy The Family Stone opposite Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Dermot Mulroney; Richard Eyre’s acclaimed drama, Stage Beauty opposite Billy Crudup. Danes also starred in Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Burr Steer’s Igby Goes Down, Stephen Daldry’s The Hours ,Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women, Baz Luhrman’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Jonathan Kaplan’s Brokedown Palace, Billie August’s Les Miserables, Theresa Connelly’s Polish Wedding, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker, Oliver Stone’s U Turn, Michael Pressman’s To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, Jocelyn Moorhouse’s How to Make an American Quilt, Billy Hopkins’ I Love You, I Love You Not, and Jodie Foster’s Home For The Holidays. Danes first caught critics’ and audiences’ attention in Ed Zwick and Marshall Hershkovitz’s acclaimed television series, “My So Called Life.” Danes earned an Emmy Nomination and a Golden Globe Award for her role as ‘Angela Chase’. Danes has also danced in a number of works in New York, having recently received critical acclaim for her work in pieces choreographed by Tamar Rogoff at P.S. 122: Christina Olson: American Model and Edith & Jenny.
JEFFERSON MAYS (Henry Higgins). New York: Journey’s End (Broadway) I Am My Own Wife (Broadway, Playwrights Horizons, International Tour), Moe’s Lucky Seven (Playwrights Horizons), Lydie Breeze, Quills, Culture of Desire (New York Theatre Workshop), Orestes (En Garde Arts), Bella, Belle of Byelorussia (WPA). Regional: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Misalliance, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Long Wharf), The Beauty Part (Yale Repertory), The Importance of Being Earnest, Not Suitable for Children, The Cherry Orchard (McCarter Theatre), Peter Pan, The Winter’s Tale, She Stoops to Conquer, The Woman in Black, The Lover, The Show Off, Triumph of Love, Servant Of Two Masters (Center Stage), I Am My Own Wife, Tartuffe, The Importance of Being Earnest, Fortinbras, Twelfth Night, Life During Wartime, Macbeth, (LaJolla Playhouse), Hamlet (San Diego Repertory), Miss Julie, Private Lives (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Outward Bound (Westport Country Playhouse), I Am My Own Wife (About Face Theatre). Film/Television: Alfie, Kinsey, The Ballad of Bettie Page, The Big Brass Ring, Cousin Bette, Liberty! (PBS), Low Life, Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade, Hudson River Blues, Benjamin Franklin (PBS), Grey Night. Awards: Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Theatre World Award, Drama League Award for I Am My Own Wife (2004), Garland Award and Patte Award for I Am My Own Wife (2001), Dramalogue Award for The Importance Of Being Earnest at LaJolla Playhouse (1997), Obie Award for Orestes (1994). Education: Yale University (B.A.), University of California, San Diego (M.F.A.)
DAVID GRINDLEY (Director). Broadway: Journey’s End (Belasco Theatre). London: Journey’s End (Olivier nomination) UK tours. West End directing credits include Honour with Diana Rigg, The Philanthropist with Simon Russell Beale, What the Butler Saw, Some Girls with David Schwimmer, Abigail’s Party (Olivier nomination) and Loot. Other credits include National Anthems (Old Vic) with Kevin Spacey, Single Spies, Richard III, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and the comedians The League of Gentlemen. Future work includes In the Club by Richard Bean and A Listening Heaven by Torben Betts.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (Playwright). Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1856, George Bernard Shaw moved to London at the age of twenty. He became the drama critic of the Saturday Review which was the first step in his progress towards a lifetime’s work as a dramatist. His first successful play, Candida, was produced in 1898, the same year he married Irish heiress, Charlotte Payne-Townshend. He followed this with a series of classic comedy-dramas, including The Devil’s Disciple (1897), Arms and the Man (1898), Mrs Warren’s Profession (1898), Captain Brassbound’s Conversion (1900), Caesar and Cleopatra (1901), Man and Superman (1903), Major Barbara (1905), Androcles and the Lion (1912), and Pygmalion (1913). After World War I, he produced more serious dramas, including Heartbreak House (1919) and Saint Joan (1923). One of his more notable works, Pygmalion gained much recognition when My Fair Lady, a musical adapted from the play, became a hit. Shaw is the only person ever to have won both a Nobel
Prize (for Literature in 1925) and an Academy Award (Best Screenplay for Pygmalion in 1938). He died on November 2, 1950 at the age of 94.
Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres. The company contributes invaluably to New York’s cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent theatres each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission. The off Broadway home, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre’s Laura Pels Theatre with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays while the grandeur of its Broadway home, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.
Roundabout Theatre Company current season includes Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and N. Richard Nash’s 110 In the Shade starring Audra McDonald, John Cullum & Steve Kazee, directed by Lonny Price; Stephen Lang’s Beyond Glory starring Stephen Lang, directed by Robert Falls; John Van Druten’s Old Acquaintance starring Margaret Colin & Harriet Harris, directed by Michael Wilson. The upcoming season includes Terrence McNally’s The Ritz starring Rosie Perez & Kevin Chamberlain, directed by Joe Mantello; George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion starring Claire Danes & Jefferson Mays, directed by David Grindley; J.T. Rogers’ The Overwhelming (American premiere), directed by Max Stafford-Clark; Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George starring Daniel Evans & Jenna Russell, directed by Sam Buntrock.
Roundabout Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men has extended its multi-award winning touring production for a second year. Directed by Tony-nominated director Scott Ellis (Curtains) and starring Richard Thomas as “Juror #8,” the play will appear in numerous cities in the 2007-2008 season including Cleveland, Toronto, Costa Mesa, Ft. Lauderdale and Charlotte.
Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. American Express is the 2007-2008 season sponsor of the Roundabout Theatre Company. American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. The Westin New York is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company.