Who Needs Rupert When Alex's About???
Date: 25 July 2003
In a tenuously related casting titbit, the Daily Mail also reveals that British film star Rupert Everett has turned down the part of Professor Henry Higgins in the planned Broadway transfer of My Fair Lady (See The Goss, 23 May 2003). The NT musical finishes its run at the West End's Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 16 August 2003, and producer Cameron Mackintosh hoped to take it to New York by next spring. He's also previously said that he'd like to retain Anglo-casting since the Lerner and Loewe musical based on Shaw's Pygmalion is an essentially English production and it must retain that". To which we have just two words to say - Alex Jennings. One of Britain's top theatre talents, Jennings won this year's Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Higgins at Drury Lane (which, incidentally, was his musical stage debut) and he's already expressed to Whatsonstage.com his desire to reprise the role on Broadway (See Features, 7 Jul 2003).
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