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My Fair Lady broke box office records at the Sydney Opera House during its Sept-Nov 2016 run. Production photo by Jeff Busby
My Fair Lady broke box office records at the Sydney Opera House during its Sept-Nov 2016 run. Production photo by Jeff Busby

My Fair Lady

Thomas S. Friedman
Theater Sound

Australia-Based Production Gets an Audio Makeover

On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, GFO and Opera Australia recruited the original Eliza Doolittle, Dame Julie Andrews, to direct a production of My Fair Lady beneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House. This landmark production, which opened Sept. 6 and ran through Nov. 5, 2016, featured sets, costumes and lighting based on the original 1956 design, with a few more up-to-date touches, like seamless revolving stages and automated lighting. It also sold more tickets than any other production staged at the iconic venue. In 2017, a touring version of the production will be staged in Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia along with Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

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