“MY FAIR LADY” REVIVAL

June 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

“My Fair Lady” is back on Broadway. From Emma Peele to Mrs. Higgins, Dame Diana Rigg takes the stage as one of the most celebrated musicals makes its comeback alongside her co-star Harry Hadden-Paton.

For more information: http://www.lct.org/shows/my-fair-lady/

Aired on June 7, 2018.

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>> THE RAIN IN SPAIN STAYS
MAINLY IN THE PLAIN.
>> I THINK SHE'S GOT IT.
I THINK SHE'S GOT IT.
>> THE RAIN IN SPAIN MAY STAY
MAINLY MONTANA PLAIN.
BUT HERE IN NEW YORK CITY IT'S
RAINING ARRIVE REVIEWS ON LERNER
& LOEWE'S MAY FAIR LADY.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK.
>> WHERE DOES IT RAIN?
>> ON THE PLAIN.
ON THE PLAIN.
>> AND WHERE IS THAT SOGGY
PLAIN?
>> IN SPAIN.
IN
IN
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§ THE RAIN?
SPAIN §
§ STAYS MAINLY IN THE PLAIN
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>> THE LINCOLN CENTER THEATER
PRODUCTION SCORED TEN TONY
DENOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST
MUSICAL REVIVAL AND BEST LEADING
ACTOR IN A MUSICAL FOR THE
PORTRAYAL OF HENRY HIGENS.
YOU I'M SURE RECOGNIZE HIM FROM
AMONG OTHER THINGS AS BERNIE
PELEN FROM "DOWNTON ABBEY."
AND TONY NOMINATION FOR BEST
FEERKT ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL GOES
TO DAME DIANA RI DPCHLT GS.
AND FROM THE EMMA PEAL.
FROM THE 'SIXTH SERIES.
AND FROM LADY OLENA TIRELE.
FROM GAME OF THROWNS.
I'M DELIGHTED TO HAVE BOTH HERE
TODAY.
SUCH A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU
HERE.
>> HI, JACK THANKS.
>> I HAVE TO START OFF TELLING
YOU THAT MY WIFE AND I SAW THE
SHOW TWO WEEKS AGO.
MARVELLOUS.
WE HAVE SEEN INCARNATIONS OF IT
IN THE PAST.
AND I DON'T SAY THIS HE BUT WE
WALKED OUT SAYING IT WAS BY FAR
WE HAVE SEEN IN TERMS OF
PERFORMANCES AND STAGING AND
VENUE.
IT WAS MAGICAL.
AND WE'LL START OFF THE
CONVERSATION THAT WHICH.
LET ME ASK YOU BOTH.
A SIMILAR QUESTION.
I'M CURIOUS FOR ACTORS WHEN
ASKED ABOUT APPEARING IN
SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY BECOME
AN ICONIC ROLE OR ICONIC SHOW,
WHAT THEIR REACTION IS.
SO DAME DIANA LET ME ASK YOU
FIRST.
BECAUSE YOU HAVE A HISTORY WITH
THIS.
YOU APPEARED IN THE PLAY P
PIGMALEON BOTH AS LIZZA.
>> WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT OF
DOING THIS.
>> IT SEEMED THE OBVIOUS
EXTENSION TO ALL MY EXPERIENCES
IN THIS PLAY TO DO THE MUSICAL.
>> THERE WAS NO RELUCTANCE.
>> OH, NO, NO, NO.
LOVED THE IDEA IMMEDIATELY.
>> AND GREAT FUN.
>> YES.
>> IT'S HARD WORK.
>> IT IS.
BUT I THINK HARRY WILL BEAR ME
OUT.
THERE IS A GREAT SENSE OF JOY ON
STAGE.
AND I HAVE.
>> BY THE WAY, YOU SENSE THAT AS
YOU WATCH.
>> OH, GOOD.
>> IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE HAVING
FUN.
>> GOOD.
>> YES.
AND THE AUDIENCES ALSO BRING IN
JOY WITH US.
>> YES.
>> HARRY HOW ABOUT YOU.
>> BIG SHOES TO FILL.
>> REX HARRISON DOING IT IN THE
PAST AND LESLIE HOWARD DOING
PIGMALEON SOME TIME BACK.
>> YES.
>> AND YOU'RE ASKED TO STEP IN
THE ROLE OF THE ICONIC
CHARACTER.
WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST THOUGHTS.
>> MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS PLEASE
DON'T MAKE ME AUDITION, BECAUSE
I'M GOING TO BE SO DISAPPOINTED
WHEN I DON'T GET IT.
MY MEMORY OF IT WAS ALWAYS AN
OLDER MAN.
THAT'S THE KEY OF THE PRODUCTION
IS BART CHOSE TO CAST ME, A GUY
WHO IS CLOSER TO ELIZA'S AGE.
I'M NOT FEELING COMPARED
TOTALEDER STATESMAN FIGURES WHO
HAVE DONE IT.
>> LET'S WHAT OF THE NOTION TO
PUT SOMEBODY CLOSER IN AGE.
>> THE STAGE DIRECTION OF THE
PLAY SAY HE IS 40ISH.
AND I'M CLOSER TO 40ISH THAN
30ISH.
>> RIGHT.
UM-HUM.
>> BUT WITH THE CONVERSATIONS
GOING OB OUTSIDE THE THEATER AT
THE MOMENT, IT JUST CLEANED UP
THE AWKWARDNESS OF THE OLDER MAN
AND VULNERABLE YOUNGER WOMAN.
AND WE START MORE OR LESS AS
EQUALS AND COME HEAD TO HEAD.
AND WE PLOW THROUGH THE PLAY.
AND THERE IS -- IT JUST GETS RID
OF THE WHOLE SIDE OF THINGS THAT
CAN BE --
>> HAVING SEEN BUSH BUSH --
PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN THE MOVIES
IN THE '50s AND 'SIXTH.
AND I SUSPECT THEY WOULDN'T HAVE
HAD THE AWKWARDNESS.
BUT AS YOU SAID TODAY THERE, A
BIT -- HE MAY BE A BIT OLD.
>> IT'S THE JOY OF DOING A
REVIVAL, YOU GET TO PUT THE SAME
MATERIAL IN DIFFERENT
CIRCUMSTANCES.
AND THE- AS AN AUDIENCE MEMBER
YOU CAN GO AND WATCH SOMETHING
THAT MAYBE YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE AS
YOU HAVE IN DIFFERENT VERSIONS
AND YOU'RE LEFT QUESTIONING HOW
SOCIETY HAS CHANGED SINCE THE
LAST TIME YOU SAW IT OR HOW FAR
WE HAVE COME OR NOT.
>> OR NOT.
WOW!
LET ME TALK YOUR RELATIONSHIP AS
THE MOTHER AND SON ON THE STAGE.
IT SEEMS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I
RECALL FROM PREVIOUS ITERATIONS.
TELL ME HOW YOU LOOKED AT THIS
AND HOW YOU WANTED TO PLAY THIS
ROLE AS -- AS THE MOTHER OF THIS
VERY INTERESTING AND SORT OF
ECCENTRIC IN MANY WAYS.
>> DIFFICULT POI BOY THAT'S A
GOOD WAY TO PUT IT.
>> I THINK HE IS PROBABLY VERY
DIFFICULT, INCREDIBLY HEAD
STRONG WHEN HE WAS BEING BROUGHT
UP.
BUT THERE IS NO FATHER.
>> YES.
>> SO I THINK THE RELATIONSHIP
IS -- IS VERY STRONG AS A RESULT
OF JUST THE TWO OF THEM.
AND SHE IS NOT FRIGHTENED OF
TELLING HIM OFF.
>> IS HE FREITENED BY HER A BIT.
>> I THINK SO.
I THINK THERE IS THAT THING
ISN'T IT, THAT MEN OF ANY AGE
WHEN THEY'RE WITH THEIR MOTHER
SLIGHTLY REVERT TO THE
6-YEAR-OLD BOY.
AND WE CERTAINLY HAVE.
>> I THINK.
>> I LOVE THAT MOMENT IN THE
PLAY WHEN YOU CALL OUT -- WHEN
SHE SAYS WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO
WITHOUT ME AND SHE LEAVES.
AND YOUR FIRST REACTION IS TO
CALL OUT MOTHER.
AND THE AUDIENCE ADORES IT.
>> THEY LOVED IT.
>> THE WRITING IS GREAT THAT
WE'RE IMMEDIATELY INTO THAT.
THERE IS NOT A HUGE AMOUNT OF
FLESHING OUT OF THE
RELATIONSHIP.
BUT IT'S SO RECOGNIZABLE
IMMEDIATELY.
THAT SORT OF BANTER AND, YEAH --
>> IT IS EASY.
YOU SEE IT SEEMS EASY BETWEEN
THE TWO OF.
>> YOU WELL IT'S ALSO EASY
BECAUSE I ADORE HIM.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
THAT IS ALWAYS HELPFUL.
>> YES.
>> LET ME TALK ABOUT THE NOTION
OF THE PERFORMANCE.
ANY DIFFERENT HERE THAN IT IS IN
LONDON?
IS THERE ANY PERCEPTIBLE
DIFFERENCES?
OR ESSENTIALLY IS A STAGE A
STAGE?
>> I THINK IT'S ERA A STAGE IS A
STAGE ESSENTIALLY.
BUT WHAT WE GET OVER HERE IN A
WAY THAT WE DON'T NO LONDON I
THINK -- I MAY NOT EVER WORK IN
LONDON AGAIN -- BUT IS AN
ELEMENT CERTAINLY THE LINCOLN
CENTER THEATER THERE IS AN
ELEMENT OF SUPPORT FROM EVERY
SINGLE PERSON IN THE BUILDING.
YOU FEEL WANTS TO BE THERE.
AND IS SUPPORTING THE WORK IN A
WAY THAT MAKES IT COMPLETELY
MAGICAL AND COLLABORATIVE.
AND YOU KNOW I HAVE A DRESSER.
I'VE NEVER HAD A DRESSER BEFORE.
AND THERE IS JUST HUNDREDS OF
PEOPLE ALL CUED INTO THIS.
>> FUNNY YOU SAY THAT BECAUSE WE
HAVE SEEN A LOT OF EVENTS HERE.
IT'S A MARVELLOUS VENUE LINK
CENTER.
EVERYBODY AS YOU MENTIONED IS
THRILLED TO BE THERE.
>> IT'S A MAGICAL SPACE, THE
THEATER ITSELF.
BECAUSE IT'S IN THE THRUST IT
DOES FEEL INTIMATE.
>> THIS HAS BEEN A DLIT FOR ME.
THANK YOU.
>> YES.
>> AND FOR FOLKS WATCHING IT,
ONE OF THE ICONIC MUSICALS AND
YOU MAKE IT EVEN MORE ICONIC.
I'M NOT SURE THAT'S AN
EXPRESSION.
>> IT WILL DO.
>> IT WAS A DELIGHT TALKING TO
YOU.
>> THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU FOR SPENDING TIME
NP LERNER & LOEWE MY FAIR LADY
PLAYING AT BEAUMENT THEATER.
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